April 29, 2014 > City of Fremont Briefs
City of Fremont Briefs
Submitted By Cheryl Golden
Fremont Gets It Done:
Fremont does it again! On April 17, the City received the ÒOn the Ground - Getting It Done: FOCUSed GrowthÓ award from the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), which recognizes cities, towns, and counties that are doing their part to develop sustainable communities. Participating projects in this category were judged on their ability to create compact, healthy communities with a diversity of housing, jobs, and activities and services to meet the daily needs of residents.
The City of Fremont stood above all the rest for its ÒOn the GroundÓ efforts to implement the Downtown Community Plan, adopted by the Fremont City Council in 2012. ABAG specifically highlighted the following accomplishments:
Acquisition of the Citibank building, scheduled for demolition, summer 2014.
* The award of a $5.8 million One Bay Area Grant that will fund the extension of Capitol Avenue from State Street to Fremont Boulevard, plus additional pedestrian and bicycle connection enhancements from Downtown to the Fremont BART station.
* The establishment of a private/public partnership on the first mixed-use development along Capitol Avenue and State Street with negotiations underway.
* Development of arts and cultural events programming, including the return of everyoneÕs favorite food truck event, Fremont Street Eats, on April 25, and a new series of arts and cultural events scheduled for the third Saturday of May, June, July, September, and October of this year.
* Private projects that have enhanced Downtown development efforts, including the grand opening of Paragon Apartments, a 300-unit rental project on Beacon Avenue and State Street, boasting DowntownÕs first Civic Park.
* Adding retail establishments like Whole Foods Market and restaurants like The Smoking Pig, The Counter, and Pieology to the mix of new, trendy, up-and-coming eateries.
AND thereÕs so much to look forward to in the coming season! This summer, mark your calendars for these events coming soon to Downtown Fremont:
?Downtown Fremont Street Eats: Every Friday through Oct. 25, 2014, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. along Capitol Avenue between State and Liberty streets.
?Fremont Underground Social Experience (F.U.S.E.): May 17, June 21, July 19, Sept. 20, Oct. 18 Ð A gathering of artists, special performances, music, and food, F.U.S.E. will highlight Fremont and the regionÕs artistic talents and set the tone for an interactive, imaginative, and artistic Downtown.
?Fremont Fourth of July Parade: Friday, July 4
??Festival of the Arts: Aug. 2 and 3
??Festival of India and Parade: Aug.16 and 17
Bike to Work Day:
Thursday, May 8, 2014, marks the Bay AreaÕs 20th Bike to Work Day, an annual celebration to encourage bicycling as a healthy and enjoyable form of transportation to work. The event is part of National Bike Month.
More than 1 million Bay Area residents live within 5 miles of their work place which is an ideal distance for bicycling. The work commute only represents 23 percent of all trips. So consider how you may be able to bike to shop, to school, to errands and for social events. Fremont will be hosting four Energizer Stations, and this year nine Fremont schools are participating in Bike to School Day. Bike to School Day is a standalone event this spring and is one of the many events connected to Bike to Work Day. By encouraging more bicycle trips to schools, local neighborhoods can experience the reduction in traffic during school hours. Bike to School Day has experienced significant growth the past four years with participation in the East Bay more than doubling since its start.
Energizer Stations will be located along local bike commute routes in all nine Bay Area counties to provide free beverages, snacks, and encouragement to bicyclists. Stop by with your bike and visit any of these Energizer Stations in Fremont for a free Bike to Work Day bag and refreshments:
* Fremont BART Station, Civic Center Drive, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
* 41800 Blacow Rd., Irvington High School, from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
* 46650 Landing Pkwy., Club Sport Fremont, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
* 45500 Fremont Blvd., Tesla Motors, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
For complete details, including prizes, other Bike to Work Month activities, and The Team Bike Challenge, visit www.Fremont.gov/BiketoWorkDay.
Community Members Will Decide Downtown FremontÕs Logo:
For the first time ever, community members have the opportunity to vote for their favorite logo to represent Downtown Fremont. To announce the arrival of the first phase of development in the downtown, the City will unveil three logos at Downtown Fremont Street Eats on Friday, April 25. The tagline, ÒDowntown FremontÑOn the RiseÓ will be shown on each of the three logos. Community members are able to vote for their favorite logo using iPads at the event on Fremont Open City Hall, the CityÕs online forum.
Downtown is a 110-acre area bounded by Fremont Boulevard, Mowry Avenue, Paseo Padre Parkway, and Walnut Avenue. The Downtown Community Plan was approved by the Fremont City Council in 2012 and provides the blueprint for transformation of the current auto-oriented downtown area into an urban core with shopping, retail, entertainment, housing and nightlife, all within walking distance and close proximity to public transportation. Implementation efforts have begun with the award of a $5.8 million One Bay Area Grant.
If you are unable to attend the Street Eats event, you can vote online at Fremont Open City Hall through May 16 at www.Fremont.gov/OpenCityHallDTLogo. The logo with the most votes will be used in the CityÕs marketing materials and will symbolize the excitement and imagination of our up and coming Downtown.
The Crown Jewel of Fremont:
Central Park is often referred to as the ÒCrown Jewel of Fremont,Ó with 450 scenic acres of park in the heart of Fremont and numerous amenities throughout. In addition to the 2-mile pathway around the water, there are basketball courts, a dog park, an exercise course, a golf driving range, playgrounds for children, the opportunity to fish, and outdoor sports being played on soccer and softball fields and tennis courts.
In mid- to late-spring, the park becomes even more alive with the 80-acre lake open in April for people-powered crafts and the Aqua Adventure Water Park opening for regular weekend business on Memorial Day weekend in late May. At Lake Elizabeth, there is a place to launch or rent a paddle boat, kayak or stand-up paddle board. And while on land, the snack bar is a favorite among visitors.
We offer many natural sciences and environmental education opportunities through our Junior Ranger day camp program, Nature Learning Center Open Houses and special events. Also, the Environmental Services Division hosts hundreds of school children throughout the year. Group picnic sites are available to reserve year-round for a fee, serving groups from 30 to 500. The spring and summer months are very, very busy so get your reservations in early! There are also drop-in picnic areas that a small group or family can use without much notice.
For more information about Central Park offerings, including reservation forms, visit www.Fremont.gov/CentralPark. You may also call (510) 790-5541 between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week or stop by the Central Park Visitor Center at 40000 Paseo Padre Pkwy. (off Sailway Drive) right next to the boat launch to fill out and turn in reservation forms.