Join GFDC in Celebrating Parks & Rec Month

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9 Jul 2021


It’s Park and Recreation Month - the perfect time to get outside and enjoy all that Fremont and Dodge County has to offer! July 9th - 11th is especially fun because Fremont is hosting its annual John C. Fremont Days. There are tons of activities included in this city-wide celebration, including: a rodeo, car show, pool party, performances, and sporting events. Click here for a list of activities and plan on attending for a fun-filled weekend. 

If you miss it, don’t worry - with activities like swimming, fishing, and boating, Dodge County is an incredible place for families and outdoor adventurers year round. One of the most visited recreation areas in the entire region is just three miles from Fremont - Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area. With nearly 40 land acres and 300 acres of water, this is a favorite area with campers, picnickers and water enthusiasts who come for great boating, fishing and water skiing. For those lucky enough to live in Dodge County, this asset is in our backyard. 

Residents looking for more structured recreational activities, the Fremont Parks and Recreation Department delivers year round fun through sports leagues and classes. This summer, for example, they are offering youth and adult tennis, baseball and softball, and swim lessons. The Department also overseas the Ronin Pool and Splash Station - a fun way to cool off on hot summer days. To round out the summer fun, Fremont’s Parks and Recreation Department hosted concerts in the park and a pet show. Their efforts and diverse programming help to make Fremont and Dodge County a great place for families to live. 

Top 3 Recreation Spots in Fremont & Dodge County

There are so many fun things to do here that it’s difficult to narrow it down to a short list. Still, here are our top five parks and recreation sites. 

#1 Fremont YMCA

This is the largest YMCA in the United States, consisting of an aquatic center with an Olympic-sized pool that hosts swim and diving championships and year-round swimming, an Olympic-sized indoor ice rink, and a suspended, indoor walk/jog track at 1/10th of a mile, which is one of the longest in the country, just to name a few. There are also numerous soccer fields, baseball, and softball fields in Fremont where a lot of youth sports take part in conference games, tournaments, or intramural participation.

#2 Fremont State Lakes Recreation Area

The Fremont State Lakes Recreation Area is third largest tourist attraction in Nebraska. Campgrounds among many lakes that are perfect for boating, swimming, fishing and more.

#3 The Pad

The Pad is an indoor turfed facility with seven retractable batting cages that opens up to a 12,000-square-foot area for multiple uses: baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, football, track and field, golf. Meaning - you can enjoy fun recreational opportunities even in the middle of winter!

Why GFDC Celebrates Parks & Rec Month

As economic developers we understand the important role parks and recreation play in our community. They are essential for local residents having a high quality of life, enjoying being here and for new families looking for a place to live. Parks and recreation can also serve as an economic driver. When people visit our community to play at Fremont Lakes State Park, for example, they often spend money locally on restaurants, gas and even shopping. This benefits local businesses and creates jobs. 

Get Outside and Bring a Friend

We encourage you to get outside, explore, do something new and bring a friend along. Dodge County has a lot to offer and our parks and rec department does an excellent job at providing opportunities for community members to enjoy themselves. Still, not everyone takes advantage of these opportunities. Share this article and tell a friend about all of the great things there are to do in our community.