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September 5, 2017 > Fremont News Briefs

Fremont News Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Cooling Centers in the Tri Cities
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the City of Fremont and across the Bay Area. Please stay cool and take the following precautions:
¥ Drink plenty of water
¥ Wear a hat and light-colored clothing when you go outside
¥ Avoid strenuous activities
¥ Make sure to never leave pets or kids in a parked car
¥ Visit a Cooling Center

For a list of Tri-City Cooling Centers go to list includes local government facilities within the Tri-Cities designated as Cooling Centers. Drop by one of these air-conditioned facilities during the hours listed. The City of Fremont encourages community members to check on their neighbors, the elderly, children, and those who are most vulnerable to ensure everyone is safe during this heat wave.

Sidewalk Improvement Projects Underway
The City of Fremont is currently working on concrete walkway improvement projects at six local park sites that will impact public access to these Fremont trails: Brookvale Trail, Sabercat Historic Park, Central Park Boat House, Plaza Park, Aqua Adventure Waterpark, and Northgate Community Park.

The Brookvale Trail, Sabercat Historic Park, Central Park Boat House, and Plaza Park projects will include the replacement and/or resurfacing of the existing concrete walkways, providing stronger and more durable surfaces that require less upkeep and maintenance, and allow for longer lifespans. Most of these areas will be enclosed with construction fencing during the construction duration and will be temporarily unavailable to the public.

The Aqua Adventure Waterpark sidewalk project will include construction of a new sidewalk linking the waterpark with the Central Park entry adjacent to the Nature Learning Center and Large Picnic Area A. This portion of the walkway, including adjacent parking spaces, will be enclosed with construction fencing during the construction duration, but temporary pedestrian access will be provided. Northgate Community Park will also be receiving concrete sidewalk and landscape improvements.

Other noteworthy updates to these park projects include: At Brookvale Park, where the construction area is fenced off, the City is working with the contractor to provide fenced access to cut across the site during Brookvale Elementary School hours. At the Central Park Boat House and Aqua Adventure Waterpark, the project is providing detour signs and accessible path of travel to maintain access. Plaza Park, and the impacted sections of Northgate Park along Rowland Drive, and Sabercat Historic Park, from Pine Street to Becado Drive will be closed during construction.

Construction at these locations is scheduled through December. However, if sites are completed early, the City will open them for public use.

The City of Fremont appreciates your patience as we work to make these park improvements, and apologize for any inconveniences these temporary closures may cause. For additional information, please contact City of Fremont Landscape Architect Rico Lardizabal at (510) 494-4743 or

Supervisor for Sanitation Recognized as Employee of the Year
FremontÕs Street Field Supervisor for Sanitation Robert Wheeler was recently awarded the American Public Works Association (APWA) Northern California Solid Waste Employee of the Year. Rob was honored at the APWA Northern California Chapter Staff Recognition Awards Luncheon on August 24, 2017 at the Willow Pass Community Center in Concord.

As a 17-year Public Works employee with the City of Fremont, Rob has shown extraordinary innovation, leadership, and commitment to continuing education in the profession. He has implemented new ideas, techniques, technology, and effective methods into field operations as well as management.

Each year, the APWA Northern California Chapter honors employees who have made significant contributions to their communities within Public Works. Nominees are evaluated based on their profession, leadership, innovation, and sustainability, as well as agency, customer, and community service. City of Fremont staff and residents greatly appreciate RobÕs ongoing hard work and dedication to our community.

Fremont Senior Center Still Going Strong
The Fremont Senior Center is stronger than ever after 37 years of serving the Tri City Area. Adults 55 and older come to the center to stay active, social, to eat delicious and affordable meals, and learn new skills. On any given day, up to 500 people frequent the vibrant center.

Did you know the idea to build a senior center began in 1974 with a group called Fremont Retired Elders Self-Help, otherwise known as FRESH? This group was instrumental in raising money and enlisting City support for the project. In years past, seniors stuffed 3,500 invitations by hand and mailed them to those in the community inviting them to the centerÕs dedication in 1980. Fast forward to 2017, and the senior center promotes its events and programs via Facebook, Cable TV Channel 27- the Fremont Government Channel, email, and local newspapers. The Fremont Senior Center has come a long way since 1980 when Trivial Pursuit took the know-it-all craze to new heights. Games at the senior center today, range from poker to ping pong with many entertaining options in between.

The Fremont Senior Center currently has 1,200 paid members and another 2,000 that use the center as non-members. Popular activities and programs are drop-in technology help, tai chi, yoga, new life line dance, needle crafts, chess, calligraphy, and much more. The center currently offers more than 40 programs and hosts 10 cultural and special interest groups. Some regulars even bring their own games and hang out in the Multi-Purpose Room for fun. ThereÕs something for everyone at the Fremont Senior Center!

If youÕd like to stop by the Fremont Senior Center, it's open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at beautiful Lake Elizabeth, 40086 Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont. In honor of National Senior Center Month, the senior center will be holding a 37-Year Anniversary Celebration on Friday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If youÕd like to attend, please RSVP at or call (510) 790-6600.

Celebrate FremontÕs Effort to Be an Age-Friendly City
On Monday, September 25, renowned surgeon, public health researcher, and writer Dr. Atul Gawande will be guest speaking at BostonÕs Beacon Hill Village to celebrate 15 years since the VillageÕs founding and the subsequent Village Movement consisting of more than 350 villages across the country.

The Greater Niles Village is the first village to form in Fremont and is proud to be part of this burgeoning Village Movement. The City of Fremont Human Services Department and the Greater Niles Village will be co-hosting a viewing party to witness Dr. GawandeÕs presentation. Dr. GawandeÕs presentation, ÒBeing MortalÕs Villages: The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow OlderÓ will discuss aging, living life with purpose, and how we can transform the possibilities for the later chapters of everyoneÕs lives.

The entire Fremont community is invited to join Greater Niles Village at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Niles Discovery Church located at 36600 Niles Blvd. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear Dr. GawandeÕs presentation simulcast from Boston and participate in a discussion afterwards. Refreshments will be provided.

The Village Movement is a growing, global movement that encourages and motivates an alternative approach for community-dwelling adults as they grow older. Villages are unique in that they are created by and for older adults, empowering their members to make wise, safe, and vibrant choices about how they wish to live.

For additional information, please contact Greater Niles Village Co-Chair Judy Zlatnik at or 510-509-8165.

Movies under the Stars - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Join the City of Fremont Recreation Services Division for a free Friday Night movie on September 22 in Downtown Fremont. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is rated PGÐ13 and will start in the evening after sunset. Enjoy this outdoor movie on the big screen for a fun night out with delicious gourmet food trucks as part of Fremont Street Eats, which is hosted by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Food Truck Mafia. This Friday Night movie will take place on Capitol Avenue between Liberty and State streets. DonÕt forget to bring some blankets and low beach chairs. For more information, visit or call (510) 494-4300.

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