Fremont Park

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Locals, including veterans (pictured top), gathered at Fremont Park today to commemorate the end of World War I 100 years ago today — and the 80th anniversary of the Park itself.

At the event, organized by the Menlo Park Historical Association, Bo Crane (pictured right) talked about how 20 years after the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1911, Fremont Memorial Park — the initial name —was dedicated by the City of Menlo Park.

Explained Bo: “Jacob Frederick Carl Hagens, a San Francisco corporate executive in the 1930s, was key to the creation of the Camp Fremont Memorial Park at the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive.

“When he discovered that the vacant lot on the corner was to be used for commercial purposes, he tried to get the City to purchase the property. When the City failed to do so, Hagen formed a private group to buy the land, putting up most of the funds himself.

“Hagen also gifted Menlo Park a library and allowed part of a building he owned to be used as the City Hall. He was the largest donor in town to the Red Cross.”

Also unveiled today are two new storyboards that tell the story of Camp Fremont in Menlo Park, which have been installed at the Park’s entrance.

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2018 with exception of photo of storyboard, courtesy of Jim Lewis, MPHA

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100th anniversary of Armistice Day to be celebrated at Fremont Park

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Beginning at 10:30 am on Sunday, November 11, the Menlo Park Historical Association (MPHA) will host an event at Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice that ended the Great War, now known as the World War I. The celebration will also include the 80th anniversary of the […]

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Spotted: Two porta-potties at Fremont Park

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Fremont Park is transformed into triage center today for disaster response training

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most headed to Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park today to capture some of the action at the emergency response training drill hosted by the City of Menlo Park, the Menlo Park Fire Department, the Menlo Park Police Department, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). The objective of the drill was to prepare […]

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Spotted: Big John, tree carver of Fremont Park, at Long Beach Airport

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Summer weather brings kids and bunny ears to Fremont Park

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It’s bubbles and brass at the weekly summer concert

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Crew comes to land-locked Fremont Park

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Nor Cal Crew was using the grass at Fremont Park to show off its rowing skills this morning, an event that included a fund raising bake sale. The organization, which rows out of the Port of Redwood City, is a competitive rowing program for high school and junior high students from around the Peninsula.  According […]

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Last minute Halloween preparation

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The Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch was a busy scene  as local families  made their final Halloween preparations.  The city of Menlo Park will hold its annual Halloween festivities this Saturday – October 31 – beginning with a costume parade for youngsters from Burgess Recreation Center to Fremont Park starting at 11:45 am.  A magic show […]

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