Fremont Neighborhood Park
The master planning process for Fremont Park continues to be on hold while an evaluation is conducted to provide a historical overview of the park and determine the integrity and potential historical significance of the park and its resources.
The City is in contract and working with MIG, a firm with expertise evaluating historic landscapes, to conduct an historic resource study for the park. MIG has conducted a site investigation and is currently researching background materials and developing the historic context.
The report is anticipated to be completed June or July 2023 for review and subsequent presentation to the Cultural Heritage Board. The findings of the report will inform the next steps in the park master planning process and direction for potential new design approaches. We are looking forward to re-engaging with the community for input this fall of 2023 with the goal of creating a preferred draft master plan by the end of the year and initiating construction drawings in the first part of 2024.
The master planning process for Fremont Park continues to be on hold while an evaluation is conducted to provide a historical overview of the park. The study will entail research of secondary sources and site investigation methods followed by a description of the findings, and a determination of the integrity and potential historical significance of the park and its resources.
The second public meeting, along with extensive survey responses provide a significant amount of input regarding the approach to
re-envisioning and updating the park facilities. Planning staff continues to evaluate the input and has met with neighboring stakeholders including the Santa Rosa Middle School and members of the business community. Given the diversity of opinions regarding the approach for the park’s future the master planning process has been paused as additional evaluations are made before moving forward with the community process.
We anticipate having a revised timeline for the master planning project in July or August. Please stay tuned for the next opportunity to participate and consider alternatives at some point this fall.
If you have comments or questions regarding the master planning project and Fremont Park, please contact:
Scott Wilkinson - Park Planner
On February 16, 2022, the second in a series of three community meetings was held to discuss and review the survey data collected to date and look at conceptual design alternatives as we reimagine the future of Fremont Neighborhood Park. The third community meeting to review and discuss Fremont Park Master Plan will be held in summer 2022. Meeting details will be provided as they become available.
Conceptual Design Alternatives
On December 15, 2022, the first in a series of community meetings was held to kick-off the Fremont Neighborhood Park Master Plan update. The meeting included a project overview, a look at the existing conditions of the Park and and exploration as to what types of features and improvements should be considered in the updated Master Plan for Fremont Park.
About Fremont Park
Fremont Neighborhood Park is a1.71-acre park originally built in 1929. It is located at the corner of Hope Street, near Santa Rosa Middle School.
- In 1865, the local school district bought the land from an early settler Hahman
- The site was occupied by Fremont Grammar school until 1924
- The park was named after historical figure John C. Fremont
- In 1926, the site was sold to the City of Santa Rosa
- The park was designed by landscape architect Howard Gilkey and construction was completed in 1929.
- In 2000, the Cancer Survivors Plaza was installed.