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“Average but nice”
Review of Central Park

Central Park
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Fremont
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44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Average but nice”
Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

We brought our 1 year old to the park to play. Plenty of kids running around for her to watch. The jungle gym is small but includes several kind of swings including those for smaller ones...like a one year old. There is a sand box area and tons of green(ish) space for picnicking.

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Hayward, California
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“Great place with nice indian community everywhere”
Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

I went on Sunday morning to central park n enjoyed thoroughly over there..u can do anything there..barbeque ..jog..cycle..take a romantic walk with ur wudbe.. people even were celebrating kids birthday with nice music around..boating at $12 is a nice additional feature..just watch the whether forecast n hope its not hot as there are less shades to sit n njy

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Fremont, California, Usa
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“Lake Elizabeth, The Jewel of Fremont’s Central Park”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

Lake Elizabeth, the jewel in the crown that is Fremont’s Central Park, sits quietly waiting to come alive. It’s a cool, dark early summer morning and thousands of creatures, those of feather, fur, and fin, await the new day.

Slowly, the sky in the east lightens and the park is already showing signs of coming alive. The ducks head for the water; the geese renew their search for food; the swallows patrol the sky for a delicious insect breakfast. And the fish, though rarely seen, they too, I’m sure, have continued their constant search for food.

As a resident of the forth largest city in the Bay Area for over a dozen years, one of my greatest joys is to visit the lake in the early morning (what I consider to be the best time of the day!) to run around it and enjoy the sights and sounds. Since my personal exercise plan includes running a few miles on the weekends, I love the 2 mile trip around the 83 acre lake.

The most interesting feature of Lake Elizabeth, I believe, is the abundance of both human and wild life: the walkers, the runners, and the picnickers, harmoniously mixing in with the hundreds of geese, ducks, birds, and even a few unidentified species. What a sight it is to see a gaggle of Canada geese strutting unconcerned amount the runners and dog walkers. (I wouldn’t be surprised to see a “Goose Crossing” sign appear some day!) One day I saw an old turtle trying to escape from the Lake. He was about 14 inches in diameter and looked as if he had had a few interesting experiences. But he wasn’t talking, only walking very slowly.

Every visit brings something new to see: young lovers, old fishermen, walkers of every size, shape and nationality. Each morning I see several groups of people practicing Tai chi chuan, a soft type of martial art, to improve their grace, health and longevity. And indeed, their slow, disciplined movements seemed to bear this out.

This lake is a true international attraction.

The sun finally overcomes the hills in the east, spreading its golden rays over the East Bay, highlighting Mission Peak just to the South, and sending horizontal shafts of sunlight into the park and lake, finally adding color for the first time today.

As the air temperature warms, the pace of human activity increases, as picnickers start moving equipment into their reserved spaces in preparation for a full day of eating, planned activities and socializing. The park has 10 picnic areas set aside on a reservation only basis. There are also 4 playground areas complete with climbing equipment to challenge the children, and 3 snack bars to satisfy those who didn’t bring food. And of course, there are plenty of restroom facilities sprinkled throughout the park.

A major feature of the park is the boat house, where people can rent boats of various sizes to further their enjoyment of the lake.

The only human activity allowed in the lake is fishing and boating. Swimming and wading are not permitted, unless one leans too far over and becomes a “Man (or woman) Overboard” casualty. In that case, I’m sure a brief swim would be allowed in order to exit the lake. I’m told that the lake isn’t very deep at any point, but I can imagine that the years of duck and goose droppings have created a very mucky (and yucky!) bottom. But the no swimming rule certainly doesn’t apply to the water fowl and they take excellent advantage of it. All day long there is the constant and noisy activity of ducks and geese going into and out of the water. And in the spring it’s common to see a string of ducklings or goslings trailing after their mother as she proudly leads them on a training run over land or gliding across the lake. It is amazing just how quickly the new babies learn to swim.

It’s not quite clear exactly who owns this lake because on any given day you’ll get vociferous arguments from the geese and the ducks (although the ducks are certainly quieter about it). These park inhabitants have lost their fear of humans and most dogs (they seem to know that a leashed dog cannot harm them, much to the frustration of the dog!), and the geese will brazenly challenge your right to walk or run through their herd as they cross the sidewalk en masse heading to or from the lake. And it’s good that they have taken on this attitude because otherwise we would miss one of the more interesting attractions at Lake Elizabeth.

I’m sure that the abundance of geese that are attracted to the park have created some problems, but from my point of view, the joy that they bring far outweighs any mess they may make. And the ecology seems to be in balance at Lake Elizabeth.

The Lake is nestled in the middle of Fremont’s Central Park (not to be confused with New York’s Central Park – our park is much larger – well, it covers a much larger percentage of Fremont than does that other Central Park!). Fremont’s Central Park and Lake Elizabeth began development in 1960 on 450 acres. The lake was named for Fremont's Sister City, Elizabeth, Australia, in a dedication ceremony on March 22, 1969.

After a few trips around this magical lake, my visit is done, and I bid the Lake and its inhabitants a wistful adieu as I reluctantly leave for the day. I only come here early in the morning to run; I have not experienced what happens during the rest of the day, although I have seen the other happy visitors (people, that is!) arriving and preparing for their day of enjoyment at the park.

But I can imagine that each evening as the sun sets slowly in the west, both the tame and the wild life enjoy that magical time of winding down their daily activities and settling in for the cool night. They need their rest; they will have another busy day tomorrow.

Visited April 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
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“Great and free”
Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

My kids can't get enough. Playgrounds, sport fields, water park, boats and ducks what more could kids ask for.

Visited April 2014
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fremont, ca
Level 6 Contributor
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58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Walk around the lake”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Lake Elizabeth in Central Park is a gathering place for many. Walking around the lake; 2 1/2 miles, is a good workout to your daily routine. Many Jungle Gyms are available for the kids, as well as barbecue areas for picnics. Go and enjoy!

There is also a Skate Board Park and a "fee Water Park" on site.....

Visited April 2014
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