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October 22, 2008 > Foundation presents second installment of water attraction grant

Foundation presents second installment of water attraction grant

Submitted By Kelly King

Fremont Bank Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Northern California's Fremont Bank presented a second installment check ($250,000) of the $1 million grant to the Fremont City Council at its regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008. The grant, the largest private donation ever given to the City's Parks and Recreation Department, is being used to support the redesign and development of Fremont's Central Park Swim Lagoon into a family water play facility.

As originally announced on June 27, 2007, the park - which will be named Fremont Bank - Aqua Adventure - will feature water slides, water play areas, a lazy river, children's play areas, picnic areas and new infrastructure. The lagoon was closed and in critical need of improvements. In 2001, after a survey of residents, the City of Fremont decided to convert it into a modern water play facility that would become a regional recreation destination.

Annabell Holland, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Fremont, noted that the intent of naming the facility after Fremont Bank is to honor the many contributions made to the community by its founder, Morris Hyman and his wife, Alvirda Hyman. Morris Hyman was chairman of Fremont's Parks and Recreation Commission in 1968. He also was instrumental in getting the commission to sponsor a bond measure to buy the land for what is now Central Park. Attractions within the park will carry the names of Morris and Alvirda Hyman.

"As a member of Fremont's Recreation Commission, my father was a critical decision maker in the creation and development of Central Park," said Fremont Bank Foundation's President Hattie Hyman Hughes. "We also encourage other local businesses to participate in community projects."

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