Glad tidings from Fremont Park

The Tables at Fremont Park had to be removed to deter shady characters from loitering. But then a Leadership Stockton class raised money to restore the park.

An uplifting e-mail is circulating from from Michael Mark, a member of the Leadership Stockton class that transformed Fremont Park, drivng  riffraff out and allowing children back in.

Here it is:

“I just wanted to share a bit of information that I found out last night from Parks and Recreation commissioner Aaron Edwards.

“I guess earlier this week some kids were trying to graffiti the equipment we installed at Fremont Park.  

“The kids were chased off by some ex-gang members who live in the neighborhood and told them to stay away from the park.  They stated, “The city and Leadership Stockton did something nice for our community. Don’t ruin a good thing for the kids”

“This is the community buy-in that we wanted!!!”  

Mark adds:

“Also, the Parks and Rec commission is trying to implement a program in which they will model what our class accomplished.  The commission is planning on getting local business, churches, community and schools surrounding the troubled parks to implement a “park watch”  Basically trying to put the adapt a park program on steroids.”

There’s definitely some good things about the New Normal.

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