ABOUT MEASURE P
Measure P will update and improve Fresno's current parks, trails and facilities, make parks cleaner and safer, and create parks in neighborhoods that lack access to them.
Measure P will invest in our local parks and benefit our entire community by:
Improving safety at all Fresno parks by adding lighting, security cameras, park rangers to patrol parks, preventing graffiti, and reducing homelessness in local parks
Making essential repairs to bring parks and recreation centers up to current health and safety standards – including repairing restrooms, playground equipment and sports fields, and ensuring access for people with disabilities
Improving property values and keeping our community a great place to live, work and raise a family
Creating programs for children and at-risk youth to help keep them engaged and out of trouble
Measure P includes strict accountability measures and citizen oversight to ensure the revenue can only be spent on exactly what’s specified in the measure – not taken by the State, special interests, or politicians.
FRESNO NEEDS BETTER PARKS
Measure P is a solution to improve Fresno’s parks and recreation programs. Fresno’s parks are run-down, deteriorating and unsafe due to a lack of investment. A recent study found that in 2018 Fresno ranked 94th out of the top 100 cities in the United States when it comes to parks access, acreage and investment – and Fresno was the worst in the country from 2013-2015. Now is our chance to change that.
The Fresno City Council approved the Fresno Parks Master Plan, which was developed with extensive community input and feedback. It showed 80% of Fresno's parks are in fair or poor condition and laid out a plan to improve our parks system.
Measure P was developed by Fresno for Parks, a diverse, non-partisan group of Fresno residents who believe that safer, cleaner parks for all Fresnans is important to the health, safety and overall quality of life of our community and placed on the November 2018 ballot after gathering more than 35,000 signatures of local support. The citizen-led measure will provide a guaranteed, local funding source for our parks through a 3/8-cent sales tax in the City of Fresno. It will raise an estimated $38 million per year and will cost the average Fresno household just $39 per year, or $3.25 per month. The measure also ensures visitors and non-city residents pay their fair share.
Measure P includes strong provisions for fiscal accountability and citizen oversight. This oversight will ensure the funding raised through the measure will only be spent on the intended purposes and stays local. Funds cannot be taken by the state or spent on other things.
Benefits of MEASURE P include:
Reducing crime and homelessness in parks
Updating and maintaining park restrooms
Reducing graffiti and vandalism
Providing job training, including for at-risk youth and veterans
Arts and cultural programs
New Parks where they are most needed
after-school and youth recreational programs
Improving park facilities to be accessible for persons with disabilities
Updating and maintaining playgrounds and sports facilities
American Academy of Pediatrics
California Children’s Hospital Association
Central Valley Community Foundation
Fresno Association of REALTORS
Fresno Madera Medical Society
League of Women Voters
Saint Agnes Medical Center
San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust
Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno County
Valley Children's Healthcare
Congressman Jim Costa
Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula
Former Assemblymember Juan Arambula
County Assessor-Recorder Paul Dictos
County Superintendent of Schools Jim Yovino
Former County Superintendent of Schools Larry Powell
City Council President Esmeralda Soria
Councilmember Oliver Baines
Former Mayor Alan Autry
Former Mayor Ashley Swearengin
Former Fresno County Supervisor Susan Anderson
David McDonald, Former CEO of Pelco