Construction for Fremont Park’s long-awaited renovation is set to begin this month thanks to Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, who secured $933,000 in the 2023-24 state budget for the project.
“This money will enhance and update facilities in one of the densest parts of Glendale, where green space is a rare and treasured resource,” said Friedman, who presented the check to the city at the more than 100-year-old Glendale park on Oct. 4.
“By investing in Fremont Park, we’re investing in our community and ensuring that Glendale families can continue to enjoy the park for the next 100 years,” she added.
The Fremont Park Master Plan will bring amenities such as a community building containing meeting rooms, a kitchen, restrooms, and office space that can be rented out by the public. It will also add a soccer field, a splash pad, pickleball courts, a drive path, and a walking path, exercise equipment, picnic pavilions, BBQs, and much needed additional parking.
“Not everyone can have a garden or extended green space at home. Parks ensure equitable access that can lead to better health for Glendale residents,” said Mayor Dan Brotman. “Fremont Park has been a long-planned project, with equity and community need at the forefront of planning. We thank Assemblywoman Friedman for helping secure funding for Fremont Park and thereby ensuring access to this vibrant open space for all to enjoy.”
Councilwoman Elen Asatryan praised Friedman for her support on this project that will have a positive impact on across the board generationally.
“Fremont Park is where I learned to play tennis years ago, and where I bring my nephews, who love this playground,” Asatryan said. “The need for open space is an integral part of our community mental health and well-being. Its prime location just steps away from our largest affordable housing project will also ensure that our residents in multi-family units have access without needing transportation.”
Construction is scheduled to be complete in February 2025.
First published in the October 14 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.