New park in Fresno dedicated to the memory of a local boy

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A new park is now open in northwest Fresno and it includes a special tribute to a boy whose life was cut short.

Local leaders gathered for the grand opening of Inspiration Park at Gettysburg and Polk Saturday. It includes the Donovon Community Center, which is named after Donovan Maldonado. The seven-year-old died in July of 2012 after being hit by a drunk driver while crossing a road.

Inspiration Park is the first of its kind in the Fresno area. It features a wide variety of sports and recreation areas that are built for total accessibility. It also includes the first-ever universally-accessible skate park in the nation. "This is why we're calling it Inspiration Park because this is really a symbol of people with different life experiences, different levels of ability, coming together and finding common ground," said Ashley Swearengin, Fresno mayor.

The artwork and handwriting on the outside of the community center are Donovan's original work, including his fingerprints inside the flower.
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