Fremont Community Info –
Fremont is a popular neighborhood in Seattle north of the Fremont Cut and situated between the neighborhoods of Ballard and Wallingford. A large “Welcome” sign greets visitors to “The Center of the Universe” and the Fremont Arts Council sponsors several highly attended annual events. One of those events is the Summer Solstice Parade which has made Fremont famous for its nude Solstice Cyclists. The neighborhood is home to the Fremont Troll, an 18-foot-tall concrete sculpture of a troll crushing a Volkswagen Beetle in its left hand that “lives” under the the Aurora Bridge. Cunning signs throughout Fremont give advice such as: “set your watch back five minutes,” “set your watch forward five minutes,” and “throw your watch away.”
Also important to Fremont is the large block on Linden Avenue N. that contains the B.F. Day Elementary School and playground. B.F. Day is the longest continually operating school in the Seattle school district, having been founded in 1892. Another longstanding institution is the Fremont branch of the Seattle Public Library, the city’s first branch library (circa 1921). Besides the B.F. Day Playground, Fremont has two small public parks, Fremont Peak Park off 45th Street and A.B. Ernst Park next to the library. The notable Burke-Gilman Trail passes through Fremont just north of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and the historic Gas Works Park is located just to the east in Wallingford. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Fremont.