Last month, the Fremont City Council declared July as Parks and Recreation Month in the City of Fremont, to inform residents about the vital role that parks and recreation services play in establishing and maintaining the quality of life in our community. This designation also encourages citizens to participate in parks and recreation programs during the month of July and all year long.
In Fremont, the responsibilities of a traditional parks and recreation department fall under the Community Services Department and include Landscape Architecture, Park Maintenance, Environmental Services, and Recreation Services.
Fremont’s borders contain over 60 parks, translating to 1,215 acres of park land that the Park Maintenance staff preserve for the enjoyment of residents and to improve the overall environmental health of Fremont. These natural recreation areas improve water quality, protect groundwater, prevent flooding, improve air quality, and produce habitats for wildlife.
The Landscape Architecture staff design and manage construction of parks, public plazas, and street medians, and oversee the Citywide Tree Beautification Program, to provide appealing and long-lasting spaces for residents in which to exercise, play, and gather.
While many don’t associate waste management and recycling services with parks and recreation, the Environmental Services division provides over 30 critical garbage, recycling, and storm water programs for Fremont’s residents and businesses. These public services are fundamental to keep our community healthy and functioning every day.
Finally, Recreation Services operates several facilities and organizes activities for the entertainment and emotional wellbeing of Fremont residents. Managing Aqua Adventure Waterpark, the skate park, a sports complex, Fremont Park Golf Club, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, and more, Recreation Services makes sure there is plenty for families to do in Fremont. These facilities and other programs are important factors that build a healthy, active community that also promotes mental and emotional health.
Make sure you get outdoors this month to enjoy all of the natural landscapes, fun facilities, and community-building events that Fremont has to offer, and don’t forget to thank the staff that makes it all possible.
For more information on each of the above divisions, please visit the Fremont Community Services webpage.