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MEASURE P provideS clean, Safe neighborhood parks, trails, and recreational & Art Programs throughout Fresno.


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.




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.

Download the entire "Fresno Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Initiative" and learn about all the wonderful benefits of Measure P!

Benefits of MEASURE P include:

Reducing crime and homelessness in parks

Updating and maintaining park restrooms

Reducing graffiti and vandalism
in parks

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

Fresno Philharmonic

League of Women Voters

Saint Agnes Medical Center

San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust

Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno County

Tree Fresno

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







- Fresno for Parks, April 28, 2021

Family in Park

Fresno’s Measure P clears final hurdle, as State Supreme Court denies bid to hear case

- The Fresno Bee, March 30, 2021


Big victory for Fresno parks as Measure P tax wins in court. City opponents accept ruling

- The Fresno Bee, December 17, 2020

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Surprising reversal by courts, mayors on parks tax will boost Fresno’s quality of life

- The Fresno Bee, December 20, 2020

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Parks tax prevails in court

- Community Alliance, January 7, 2021

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Sunday Morning Matters - Measure P Moving Forward

- KSEE 24, January 10, 2021

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Court Ruling Reverses Measure P Loss in 2018. Dyer Now Supports Tax.

- GV Wire, December 17, 2020

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