Safe Parks, Outdoor Green Space & Recreational Opportunities
Fresno Building Healthy Communities supports access to clean, safe parks and outdoor green space and recreational opportunities for everyone! However, for most Fresnans, access to quality outdoor space is few and far between.
That’s why it’s important to protect our most precious assets including places like the San Joaquin River Gorge and other public lands that the community is known to enjoy.
Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Fresno lies the beautiful San Joaquin River Gorge.
This scenic treasure connects with the 330-mile San Joaquin River, the second longest river in California. The Gorge is full of remarkable cultural, recreational, and natural wonders. This outstanding low-elevation Sierra Nevada river system offers a unique experience for nearby residents and visitors from surrounding areas.
The Gorge provides critical access to healthy regional recreational opportunities and fuels America’s outdoor recreation-based economy while promoting public health. The San Joaquin River Gorge is a rare jewel.
In 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recommended this river segment for addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Access for All of the Outdoors
More than 85,000 people visit the San Joaquin River Gorge each year to enjoy its outstanding scenery, use its extensive trail system, paddle the river’s class III-V rapids, and camp in public campgrounds.
Here are the Facts
Public lands help drive the economy and create jobs!
National parks and other public lands and waters drive billions in economic output and create thousands of jobs annually.
Outdoor recreation drives consumer spending
and increases federal, state and local tax revenue.
Property values near parks and protected areas are 20% higher
than properties elsewhere.
Parks and public lands provide children and families the opportunity to live healthy and active lives
through physical activities like hiking, biking, fishing and more.