It's considered one of the jewels of Fresno, but now people who enjoy Woodward Park say it's losing its sparkle.
"Before the economic downturn we were taking care of it pretty well," said Bob Merrill, with the Woodward Park Homeowner's Association.
Now Merrill is watching his neighborhood park decline.
Hundreds of trees are dying and struggling, their branches bare and parched.
Weeds along the popular Eaton Trail are growing taller and taller.
"This is the most critical situation we've seen, from the trees, to the trails, to the parks," said Ron Nishinaka, with Tree Fresno who comes to the park every week to care for troubled trees.
He says the reason isn't a lack of water, it's lack of maintenance.
He says problems with the irrigation system, squirrels digging holes around roots, and less attention, are all slowly killing many trees.
"When times gets tough, it's maintenance that gets cut. We're going to have to pay more later or end up abandoning this part of the park as a jewel," said Merrill.
And it's not just dying trees that are blighting the park's landscape - litterbugs are dirtying up the picnic areas.
"Sometimes you see the trash and people don't clean up, it's really disappointing," said Takako Sophapemixay, who walks the park's trails.
"I think this is a beautiful place to come and relax, it's nice and you can be one with nature so seeing the trash, it makes me feel like they don't care about preserving anything anymore," said Cesar Angel, who walks the park's trails.
Neighbors and Tree Fresno say they have reached out to city officials - they were told the city is doing what they can with what little they have.
The parks department lost nearly $2 million and more than three dozen maintenance workers in the past couple of years.
"It's very sad because when you look at trees, trees are for people. And trees are forever, we would hope," said Nishinaka.
Tree Fresno says trees at parks all across the city are now dying, because of the cutback on maintenance.
The group says it could always use volunteers who want to help water and care for the trees.
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