Public Art Fundraising Campaign for the Oak Arch

In the Spring Newsletter, the City introduced a Downtown Beautification project for our community, “The Darling Walkway.”  The project entails removal of portions of Darling Avenue and Sheridan Street, and the former high school parking area west of the Rec Center.    The proposed innovations will include implementation of a decorative winding sidewalk with art nodes, landscaping, sitting areas, a new parking lot and pickle ball courts.

“Oak Arch”, the focal art piece, is designed to be located at the intersection of Darling and Sheridan, west of the Gateway & Rec Center.  A fundraising campaign will begin on Friday, July 7th, in coordination with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Michigan-based crowd funding platform “Patronicity.”  Patronicity partners up with communities to help raise funds for public spaces, whereby if the City is successful in reaching its campaign goal of $30,000, MEDC will match the $30,000. 

The art piece specifically costs $40,000 to construct and it will cost an additional $20,000 to clear the streetscape and implement the decorative walkway under and around the art piece.  It is anticipated that the larger community will also contribute, along with those who have already supported this growing part of what makes Fremont a welcoming location in West Michigan. 

The overall project is a collaboration of planning between the Fremont Public Art Committee, City of Fremont, Fremont Downtown Development Authority, Fremont Area District Library and Fremont Community Recreation Authority.

We hope you, too, will consider donating toward this wonderful fundraising campaign, starting July 7th.  Please visit the Patronicity website (Oak Arch) for more information on the “Fremont Oak Arch” project and to make donations beginning July 7th.  You can also contact City Hall at 924-2101 if you have any other questions about the project, would like to donate, or if you would like to serve on our Public Art Committee – we welcome interested members.


Fremont Yard of the Month Nomination Form

Do you know someone that has a beautiful yard? Do you know someone that puts a lot of time and effort into their yard? Now is the time to nominate them for the Fremont Yard of the Month award.

The winner of the Yard of the Month will be provided with a sign for display indicating their winning yard, a $50.00 gift certificate to a local nursery, as well as a picture with the members of the Dead Head Committee. The 2017 award schedule is as follows:

• August (Nominations must be submitted by July 15)

• September (Nominations must be submitted by Aug. 19)

Anyone may submit a nomination for either their own yard or someone else’s yard, but the property being nominated must be located within the City of Fremont. Nomination forms are available at the City Office as well as online at www.cityoffremont.net, or by clicking on the link above. The City’s Deadhead Committee is charged with selecting the recipient of the award each month from amongst the nominations submitted. Those interested in volunteering their time and becoming a member of the Dead Head Committee, please contact the City Office at 231-924-2101.