Capital Projects

Current Park Projects & Streetscapes / Medians
The Landscape Architecture Division is responsible for design and management of parks, landscape medians, and plaza projects. Projects are team efforts between Community Services (including Landscape Architecture and Recreation Services) and Public Works (Engineering). Projects are in various stages of completion and are listed below, along with links to approved Master Plans or site photos.
Centerville Community Park Baseball Field
The project was completed in July 2012. Construction improvements included conversion of the natural grass ballfield to synthetic turf; replacement of irrigation and drainage systems; installation of new fencing and gates, pathways, and benches; and sportsfield and pedestrian walkway lighting improvements.  

Karl Nordvik Synthetic Turf Conversion
Karl Nordvik Community Park will undergo a renovation in Spring Thumb-KarlNordvikSynthTurf2.jpg2013. The work will consist of expanding the size of the existing ballfield to accommodate soccer and football, and converting the surface to synthetic turf. Renovations will also include the addition of a 28 space parking lot and the reduction of the basketball court to two (2) half-courts.

Central Park Softball Complex Lighting Replacement
Currently under construction, the existing light banks and wiring at Fields 3, 4, 5 & 6 will be removed and replaced with new lamps, ballasts, wiring, and controls. New lamps and ballasts have lower wattage requirements and improved light intensity, thus lowering electrical costs and increasing lamp life, improving field footcandles and safety, lowering maintenance costs, and preventing light outages.

Citywide Irrigation Controller Replacement
The project shall consist of the installation of radio hubs, antennae, and upgraded controllers at 11 Community Parks and 6 Neighborhood Parks throughout the City to improve radio communication of the Calsense controller system, reduce maintenance cost, reduce water cost, and improve water-use efficiency. Scheduled for construction Winter 2012/2013.

Fremont Skate Park

Check out extensive pictures of the design on the City's Skate Park page.

The Fremont Skate Park is currently under construction after having two public workshops in March and May of 2010. The facility will be approximately an acre in size, located adjacent to the Aqua Adventure Water Park in Central Park on Paseo Padre Parkway. The design includes street course and bowl features, and too many other features to list here so check out the 3D fly-through video on YouTube. Also, keep up with the latest information at the following web site: The park is expected to open in Spring 2013.  

Thumb-AlwaysDream.jpgAlways Dream Play Park
The Always Dream Play Park in Fremont Central Park was created to provide a play area for children of varying abilities to develop mentally and physically through diverse play experiences. Funded by Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation, this one acre park includes facilities that accommodate children with disabilities and able-bodied children alike. In addition to the swings and picnic tables, the park features water play equipment, a sand play area, and drums. 

Thumb-Niles_TP.jpgNiles Town Plaza
At the center of the Niles District, the Niles Town Plaza revitalizes the quaint downtown by employing a railroad depot theme, which includes the newly renovated depot building, freight building, caboose, embedded railroad tracks, sloped amphitheater, stage, shaded seating areas, and central water feature.

BART Dog Park and Basketball Courts
Thumb-Dog_Park.jpgThe BART extension to Warm Springs will traverse Fremont Central Park beneath Lake Elizabeth, displacing the former dog park and basketball courts. A new dog park and two basketball courts were constructed just north of the Animal Shelter. The new park features a 0.2 acre Small Dog Area with turf and lighting and a 1.2 acre Large Dog Area with synthetic turf and lighting. Please visit the BART Warm Springs Extension Project web page for more information.  

Teen Center Hardcourt
Thumb-TeenCenter.jpgA half-acre parcel on the north side of the Teen Center was developed into an outdoor area which hosts special outdoor events including weddings, quinceaneras, birthday parties, etc. Improvements will also include a renovation of the Teen Center entrance. Site features include a 55'x70' hardcourt area, an outdoor patio, an entry arbor at the Teen Center entrance, an entry arbor at the hardcourt area, and gardenesque planting throughout.

Citywide Play Equipment Replacement Project
The Citywide Play Equipment Replacement project replaced existing play equipment at eight locations throughout the City. The project design provided an upgrade to aging play facilities and brought them into compliance with current State and national accessibility and safety guidelines. The initial phase of this project included Kennedy Play Area (in Central Park), Irvington Community Park, Karl Nordvik Community Park, Westridge Neighborhood Park, Blacow Neighborhood Park and California Terrace Mini Park, Brookvale Neighborhood Park, and David Jones Neighborhood Park.  These sites received new contemporary play structures and accessible resilient safety surfacing.

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 Blacow Neighborhood Park  Brookvale Park  California Terrace Mini-Park
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Irvington Park Irvington Park 2  Kennedy Play Area
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 Karl Nordvick Neighborhood Park  Karl Nordvick Neighborhood Park 2  Westridge Neighborhood Park

Water Park MuralAqua Adventure Water Park
The Aqua Adventure Water Park opened for business on May 23, 2009. Season passes and group reservations are now available.

In 2001, the City Council approved a project to utilize the site of the Puerto Penasco Swim Lagoon into a modern, family-oriented water play facility that would serve both the residents of Fremont as well as the surrounding region. The Family Water Play Facility (also known as the Water Park) is proposed to be developed on approximately four of the seven acres of the site, which provided water-oriented recreation to the citizens of Fremont for 32 years until it was closed in 2001. The Water Park is designed to provide a wide-range of interactive water-based activities and experiences, for people of all ages. The Water Park is focused on family fun, and, in addition to the many water-oriented activities, will provide picnic areas for small and large groups wishing to enjoy celebrations of family events, company get-togethers, and similar activities.

Water Park Site Plan | Water Park Section Drawing

Photo in the upper right is of a mural at the Water Park, titled:  "Sous la Mer Joie de Vie" (Under the water life is Joy), by John Pugh. 

Thumb-Centerville.jpgCenterville Community Park
A 10-acre expansion to the existing 10-acre Centerville Community Park is currently in detail design. The project went through extensive community input during the design phase and has a Master Plan adopted by the City Council. The project construction is currently on hold depending on adequate funding for maintenance of the additional facility.

Mission San Jose Bicentennial Park
Mission San Jose Bicentennial PlazaMission San Jose Bicentennial Park was completed in October 2008 and highlights the history of the Mission San Jose area. The site is an 8,000-square-foot lot directly south of the Mission San Jose Museum Building. The project design features a future 30-foot long sculpture that will depict significant historical images of Mission San Jose. The sculpture will be enhanced by a generous open plaza, benches, and lighting. The next stage is a community-sponsored fund-raising campaign for the sculpture. View the Bicentennial Park Plaza Layout Plan.

Gateway Sign on Warm Springs BoulevardGateway Concept Plan

The City Council adopted a plan to improve 14 city entries with granite and stone monument signs, lighting, and landscaping. These entries are planned for improvements over a period of years as partnership opportunities and funds become available.  So far, two have been installed:  One at the northern city limits on Mission Boulevard and the other at the southern city limits on Warm Springs Boulevard. View the Gateway Concept Plan.

W. Burdette Williams Historic Park (and Chadbourne Carriage House)

Williams Historical parkA one-acre site in the heart of downtown that is occupied by the Chadbourne Carriage House was completed in August of 2003. The design has historic touches and accommodates the annual Candlelighter's Ghost House event. Download the Landscape Concept Plan.

BART Warm Springs Extension Project
For information about the BART Warm Springs Extension Project, which runs through Fremont's Central Park, visit BART's website

Grimmer Boulevard Greenbelt Gateway Phase 1
The first phase of this project improved traffic circulation at the Grimmer Boulevard - Paseo Padre Parkway intersection and provided easier access to the Water Park. In this phase, Paseo Padre Parkway underwent significant changes beginning at Baylis St. and extending beyond Grimmer Boulevard to connect with the new Grade Separation Project. The medians were reconfigured and planted, and bicycle lanes were also added. In addition to the continuation of the no-mow fescue grasses and oak trees from the Grade Separation Project, the new median also features boulders, permeable paving, and Bay-Friendly planting. For more information, visit Engineering's website for the Grimmer Boulevard Greenbelt Gateway Phase 1.