Mayor Brand Announces Closure of City Parks on Easter Weekend

Mayor Lee Brand today announced that the City of Fresno’s Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services (PARCS) Department will be closing all City-owned parks on Easter Weekend, Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, 2020.  The closure includes the City’s two regional parks, Roeding and Woodward.

Traditionally, these are two of the busiest days for Fresno parks and they attract large crowds of people.  Mayor Brand made the difficult decision with an abundance of caution to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

“My deep concern is that we have not seen the worst of COVID-19 in Fresno and closing our parks on Easter Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 11th and 12th is a necessary measure to reduce the number of people that could be exposed to it,” said Mayor Brand. “I fully understand and appreciate the sacrifices all of us have to make in the coming days. I know there are trying times ahead with a foreboding health crisis moving rapidly in our direction.”

The City plans to re-open parks on Monday, April 13, with the goal of keeping them open through this pandemic as long as they remain safe environments.