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The Value of Neighborhood Parks

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In this week’s Real Estate Minute (REM) with CEO, Andy Nazaroff, he explains the value of neighborhood parks. Did you know that Fresno has over 80 parks and trails? With so many to choose from who wouldn’t want to spend a lovely day in Central California?

Here are Just a Few Suggestions
Located in the heart of Woodward Park is the beautiful Shinzen Garden. This park is patterned after a group of ancient scrolls with a designed layout of all 4 seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. That being said, there is an ever changing experience that one feels when the garden is visited during different times of the year. To see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, you must visit in January because by February, the blossoms are gone. Click HERE to learn more about Shinzen Garden.

Inspiration Park is located in Northwest Fresno and is the first universally accessible park in Central California. The park offers a wide range of activities for all ages and abilities. It features a variety of sports, recreation areas, and a playground with low incline ramps. The swings are wheelchair accessible and the basketball hoops are adjustable to any skill and age level! For more information about this fun playground click HERE.

The benefit of living in the Central Valley is the plentiful, and convenient access to the great outdoors and the countless activities available to us with just a short drive. Hiking, skiing, water sports, mountain biking, and countless other outdoor activities are available to us all year round. The Buchanan neighborhood has a plethora of parks, and several trails that are easily accessible, shade-filled, and pet friendly. Click HERE to discover the enjoyment one can experience while walking on the Buchanan Neighborhood Trail.

Guarantee Real Estate has several neighborhood experts who are ready to assist you with all of your real estate needs. Head over to the Guarantee neighborhoods page to take a look at all of the available homes in every neighborhood.

To locate a Fresno city park or trail near you, click HERE.

Visitor’s Center Re-opens with Help from the Guarantee Good Will Network

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Fresno’s Water Tower Visitor’s Center will re-open this week thanks in part to the Guarantee Good Will Network.  This past June, the Visitor’s Center was closed due to budget constraints.  The non-profit, Hands-on Central California, has coordinated volunteer staffing for the Center.  When the Tower was closed, Hands-on put out a plea to raise $12,000 to pay for the historic tower’s utility bills and maintenance for one year.  The Guarantee Good Will Network donated $1,000 toward this cause.  Thanks to the support from several additional donors, the Visitor’s Center will re-open on September 1st. 
The Visitor’s Center will kick off their re-Opening with a celebration in conjunction with Art Hop this Thursday, September 1st from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Over 30 local artists will showcase their work both inside and outside the tower.  Creative Fresno will provide two local bands that will play a variety of music at Eaton Plaza where the Tower is located.  Joe’s Steakhouse and the original DiCicco’s will provide food.  And Mila Winery and Tioga Sequoia Brewery will serve beverages.  The event is free and open for all to enjoy.
On the average more than 8,000 people obtain information from the Visitor’s Center each year. Fresno is the gateway to Yosemite, Kings Canyon, & Sequoia National Parks and thus tourism is a significant source of revenue for businesses in the Central Valley. 
The Water Tower is Fresno’s signature architectural landmark.  The Visitors Center is staffed by volunteers from the Retired & Senior’s Volunteer Program, RSVP.  They plan to sell artwork at the Center to raise sufficient funds to keep the Tower open and self sustaining in the future.

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