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Parks and Recreation

Fremont offers more than 50 community parks, several community rec centers, sports facilities, an ice rink, acres of preserved open space and miles of trails. The 450-acre Central Park, with 83-acre Lake Elizabeth at its center, provides: tennis courts, sailing, softball and soccer fields, picnic areas, volleyball courts, playgrounds, skate park, dog park, nature center and modern water park. A senior citizen center, animal shelter and main library are also located in or adjoining the park. Notably, in 2010, Central Park won the Readers’ Choice Award for “Best Park.”

Within the 978-acre Coyote Hills Regional Park (part of the Easy Bay Regional Park District) are four Ohlone Indian shellmound sites, a recreated Ohlone village, picnic areas, group campsites, the 3.5-mile, paved Bayview Trail and the 12-mile Alameda Creek Trail. A portion of the waters in Coyote Hills are part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge – a 30,000-acre urban refuge that hosts more than 280 species of birds each year and serves as the home of various endangered species. Also part of the EBRPD is Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness, which covers 6,859 acres and provides more than 35 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, campsites, picnic sites and a variety of naturalist-led activities.

In addition to these park sites, Niles Canyon offers scenic beauty, as does Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, along with picnicking, boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and wildlife views. The park’s trail network connects to the Alameda Creek Regional Trail.

For golfers, Fremont Park Golf Center features an executive 2,414-yard, nine-hole course. It also includes a driving range, chipping on putting greens and a clubhouse. For the more adventurous, 2,998-acre Mission Peak Regional Reserve has a 2,517-foot mountain to climb.

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