This Week at City Hall - Veterans Day Parade
Veterans Day Parade Will Take Place in Downtown Fresno Sunday
Fresno’s Veterans Day parade, considered the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi, will be held in downtown Fresno on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Opening ceremonies will be held in front of Fresno City Hall at 11 a.m., and the parade will begin at 11:11 and end at approximately 2 p.m.
The parade route begins at Tulare and P and ends at Chukchansi Park.  Here is the route:
  • Start out going northwest on P.
  • Turn left onto Fresno Street
  • Turn left onto Van Ness Ave.
  • Turn right at Tulare to Chukchansi Park
Long-time parade chairman William Dietzel will serve as grand marshal.
The parade will give Fresno national and worldwide attention.  It will be broadcast on The Pentagon Channel, which is available on base to more than 1.3 million service members who live and work on more than 368 military bases, camps and installations in the U.S.  It also is available to service members and their families serving overseas in 178 countries.  The parade also will be televised live locally on KSEE 24.
Fresno Street will be closed to traffic between R and G streets and Tulare Street will be closed between R and H streets.  The streets on the route will start closing at 6 a.m. and should reopen by 3 p.m.
Veterans Day Schedule for City Services
The City of Fresno’s Solid Waste Division will provide regular residential waste collection service on Monday, Nov. 12.  The once-a-week collection of residential trash, recyclables and green waste will not be interrupted by the holiday.  The Division’s business office will be closed for the day. More information on holiday residential service is available by calling the Solid Waste Division at (559) 621-1452 or visiting the City’s website by clicking here.
Fresno Area Express (FAX) will operate on a weekend service schedule (please check published schedules for information on particular routes) on Monday.
In addition, all parks facilities and recreation centers will operate with a normal schedule.
City of Fresno administrative offices will be closed on Monday for Veterans Day.
Downtown skating rink opens Friday
The unseasonably warm weather has pushed back the opening of Downtown Fresno's first-ever outdoor ice skating rink by one day.  The rink will open on the Fulton Mall on Friday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m.
The rink will be open Sunday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 13.
The ticket price — $10 for adults, $8 for kids under 12 — includes skate rental and parking validation. All you have to do is show up at the rink, which is near the Clock Tower on Fulton Mall.
Complete details, including season ticket info and party rental options, are available on on the Downtown Fresno Partnership website.
Mayor Swearengin’s Activities
While some of these activities outlined below are not public meetings, these are some of the issues being addressed this week by Mayor Swearengin:
  • Speaking at the Association of California School Administrators’ Leadership Summit;
  • Participating in the California Apartment Association Greater Fresno’s Mark of Distinct Award banquet and the Central California Society of Indian’s annual Diwali event.
This Week’s Meeting
  • Planning Commission, Council Chambers, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m.
  • Fresno City Council, Council Chambers, Thursday, Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m.
No  ‘Go Green and Clean’ on Veterans Day Weekend
There will be no “Go Clean and Green” park beautification effort on Veterans Day weekend.  The program will resume at Romain Park, 745 N. First, on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to noon.
In the program, volunteers participate in basic park care through litter removal, flower bed raking, pruning, painting, graffiti removal and other light tasks from 8 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, hats, gloves and sun block and bring plenty of drinking water. Basic work tools and supplies will be provided by the City of Fresno.  Each volunteer will be required to complete a volunteer form and waiver.
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