California Nursery Historical Park Master Plan

Third Community Meeting

The City will present the Draft Final Master Plan at 6:00 p.m., January 19, 2017 at the Teen Center, 39770 Paseo Padre Parkway (off Sailway Drive). The Draft Final Master Plan drawings for the park design can be found here (5 MB).

The Draft Final Master Plan is tentatively scheduled to be presented to the Recreation Commission in mid-March and to the City Council in mid-April for adoption. Drawings for the park design can be found at

Concurrently, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been completed and is available for review at: 

Mailing List

If you haven't attended, or signed in with your email address at any either of the two previous public meetings held in July and September 2014, please provide your email address to the City via this email.  We will add you to our future information or mailing list for meetings.

Past Meetings:

First Public Meeting - July 12, 2014

The first public meeting was held at the Vallejo Adobe in the California Nursery Historical Park. Approximately 150 people attended.

Participants asked if PGAdesign's Presentation Boards would be available to the public, so here they are.  (It is a large file that takes some time to load).

Second Public Meeting - September 25, 2014

The second public meeting was held at the Fremont Teen Center on September 25, 2014 with approximately 80 people in attendance. The top priorities gathered at the meeting can be found here.

PGAdesign's slide presentation from the meeting can be found on the links below.  They are organized in order and broken up into smaller file sizes for faster download.  There are 102 slides total. 

Park Master Plan completed to date  (6 slides)
Existing buildings and educational opportunities (11 slides)
Site Analysis (8 slides)
The Vision (11 slides)
Park plan design Option 1 (29 slides)
Park plan design Option 2 (33 slides)
*Retail nursery space allocation (2 slides)
Financial considerations (2 slides)

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Vallejo Adobe (ca. 1842)

Vallejo Adobe (4)

Office Building (ca. 1907)


Box Tree Forest

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Self-guided Walking Tour and Landmark Tree Map

The first page of the document is a self-guided walking tour of the CA Nursery.  The second page is a map of the Landmark Trees that are on the property.  The Landmark Trees are noted by white circles. "Notable" trees are marked by the blue circles. Download map here.

Tree Survey completed by HortScience

HortScience, Inc, a leading horticultural consultancy company from Pleasanton, completed a pro bono tree survey for the City, assessing all of the 756 trees at the CA Nursery.  The survey matches up with the numbers on the trees on the Self-Guided Walking Tour and Landmark Tree Map noted above. Download survey here.

Historical and Landmark Trees

The City of Fremont places great value in promoting and protecting its historical or landmark trees. In the early 1970s, a group called the City Beautiful Committee gathered information and documented various tree species and their locations which were published by the City of Fremont in 1973 in a booklet titled Landmark Trees City of Fremont. This booklet has recently been updated to "retire" trees which have not stood the test of time, and to include new landmark trees. This new publication is available online in its entirety here:  Landmark Tree Publication

Park Hours

7:00am to 30 minutes past sunset

Staffed Hours

The Office/Museum is open Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For information call, (510) 790-2049.
A Docent Guided Tour is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. each Sunday. 

History of the CA Nursery
The 20-acre property is the last remnant of the original 463 acre California Nursery Company, a once grand nursery operation that brought national attention to the East Bay and was significantly associated with the evolution of the nursery industry on a statewide level.  

The story of the California Nursery site involves great personalities such as Jose de Jesus Vallejo, John Rock, George Roeding, and Luther Burbank and associations with historical events such as the 1893 Columbia Exposition, development of Golden Gate Park, the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and the Golden Gate International Expositions of 1939 and 1940.

The location of the Nursery site in the historic Niles District adds further distinction to the area, which is already rich in its cultural and commercial historical assets.  The California Nursery site is poised to accentuate the existing Historic Niles District, as well as stand on its own as a significant historical asset and statewide destination.

For more information on the CA Nursery Master Plan process, contact the Recreation Services Division: email Irene Jordahl or email Kim Beranek.