Fremont Park Design Competition

Sacramento, California

The American Society of Landscape Architects’ California Sierra Chapter awarded Foothill Associates’ first place in the Fremont Park Design Competition. Fremont Park, located in downtown Sacramento, is home to a weekly Farmer’s Market and a variety of community events organized by the Friends of Fremont Park. The winning Foothill Associates’ design focuses on integrating art, community, and sustainability throughout the park. Corner entries are expanded and redefined with plazas and planting areas.


The concept includes undulating rammed earth seat walls that surround existing trees. The expanded central plaza allows for community events and gatherings. The new plaza is a series of colored concrete forms mimicking water spreading from the fountain. This poured-in-place surfacing pattern spills over into the play area, which is surrounded by a custom art fence. The eastern quadrant of the park includes the “Chalk-It-Up Plaza,” a series of squares of multiple sizes that can be used for this popular annual event. The community garden area may include multiple themes such as native plants, low water use, experiential, and butterfly gardens. On the northern side is a stage flanked by art vases. The elevated stage is entirely ADA-accessible via graceful curving ramps on both sides. A variety of locations for temporary or permanent art installations have been provided throughout the gardens, planted entries, and plazas.

A decomposed granite border to the north and east sides of the park accommodates Farmer’s Market vendor stalls while reducing turf maintenance and wear on the park facilities. Stormwater filtration basins between the curb and sidewalk will help filter water from the park and surrounding streets. Solar lights are proposed for all paths in the park to increase safety and visibility at night while reducing electricity use.

The Capital Area Development Authority (CADA) and the Friends of Fremont Park will use all the design concepts as they work with the City of Sacramento in the development of a new park master plan and improvements. The ASLA Sierra Chapter teamed with the Friends of Fremont Park, the City of Sacramento, and CADA to develop and judge the competition.


Conceptual park layout focusing on art, community, and sustainability.


Cross-section of vegetated mounds to form an art wall flanking the walkway.


Cross-section showing proposed park amenities.


Photo-rendered concept of plaza.