West Fresno community center closed over toxic chemicals

The Maxie Parks Community Center in southwest Fresno has been evacuated and barred to the public since Sept. 3, after testing found contamination in and around the building, likely from toxic chemicals used by Imperial Cleaners, a former dry cleaning business.

City officials say the health risk is low. But, the West Fresno Family Resource Center, which operates from the Maxie Parks Community Center, built in the 2000s, will not move back into the building on California Avenue until the pollution has been removed.

“We’re keeping people off the facility until we take the next step that’s required by the water board,” Miguel Arias, president of the Fresno City Council, told The Fresno Bee. “Now we have to give them a work plan on how we’re going to mitigate and clean up the site . . . and the state board will tell us the level of mitigation that we

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Fresno gyms, fitness centers reopening this week at 10% capacity

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Fresno County businesses are starting to reopen, but just at limited capacity.

As the area moves into the ‘red tier’ of the state’s color-coded system, more non-essential businesses open for indoor services for the first time in months.

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Fitness facilities like gyms, cycling studios, yoga studios, and Cross Fit centers are already allowing in customers as early as Wednesday.

Blue Moon Yoga will resume classes in the hot room on Thursday, October 1st.

And at GB3 George Brown Sports Club gyms, the phones have started ringing again.

GB3 General Manager Sean Clinton said that’s the sound he’s been waiting to hear for months. Clinton said he is happy to finally see members again and is anxious to make use of the more than 50,000-square-foot building.

“We are excited to finally go

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