Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fremont Park

Fremont Park is 1 of 4 parks within the Benton Park Neighborhood.   It makes up 2.31 acres of the total 2,956 acres of park space in St. Louis.


The park was placed into ordinance in 1963.  It used to be called Pontiac Central Park, but the name was changed.  Fremont takes its name from John C. Fremont, American explorer, plant collector, military man, politician, etc.
John Charles Frémont or Fremont (January 21, 1813 – July 13, 1890) was an American military officer, explorer, and politician who became the first candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party for the office of President of the United States. During the 1840s, that era's penny press accorded Frémont the sobriquet The Pathfinder. Historians call him The Great Pathfinder. (source)
John C. Fremont

Toward the northern part of Benton Park, Fremont is located south of Lynch Street, west of Salena Street and east of the alley behind McNair Street.


Wisconsin Street dead ends into the park on the south side.


The park is in the shadow of the former Fremont Elementary School built in 1896.






This school was renovated as the St. Agnes Senior Apartments.  This property abuts Fremont park.  There are gardens being maintained by the senior citizens on the opposite side of the open field area of the park.


There is a playground, a large open area that was probably a softball field and an underutilized open space on the western edge of the park.





There is one inoperable water fountain and a few well shaded park benches.  The park could use some maintenance as tree roots make the play area treacherous in parts.


There are several old growth oaks that separate the playground area from the east field.

Is that an old tetherball pole?  If yes, that will be the first I've seen so far in the parks.


for those who know

The trees are beautiful and the park is well shaded.




This park could use some fresh landscaping and a little love to make it complement the beautiful homes that surround the park.







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