By Marianne Boerigter
The City of Fremont, Downtown Development Authority and the Fremont Public Art Committee would like to thank donors for their generous support during the fundraising campaign for the public art sculpture “Oak Arch.” The campaign successfully raised just over $40,000, which then qualified for an additional $30,000 matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Patronicity Program, bringing the total funds raised for the campaign to just over $70,000.
The funds raised through this effort will create the large public art sculpture, "Oak Arch", which will be the defining anchor in The Darling Walkway, the soon to be public green-space in downtown Fremont. Designed by artist Joe Krajkiewcz, the sculpture will be leaf shape in an arch form that becomes a canopy that continues to ground level and provides functional bench seating and interaction for the public. The funds will also provide for an accessible, meandering concrete pathway for all to use, as well as lighting, benches and landscaping to complement the sculpture.
Donations during the campaign ranged from $10 to $8,500, and the City of Fremont will recognize donors at their various levels with plaques, benches, personalize bricks, artist signed sculpture prints and Oak Arch t-shirts.
Construction for The Darling Walkway will begin next spring. The overall project entails removal of portions of Darling Avenue and Sheridan Street and the former high school parking area west of the Fremont Recreation Center. The proposed innovations will include implementation of a decorative winding sidewalk, art nodes, landscaping, sitting areas, a new parking lot and pickleball courts.
An updated design of the total project will be available on the City of Fremont's website later this fall.
For more information on The Darling Walkway and the fundraising campaign for "Oak Arch", stop by City of Fremont, 101 East Main Street, downtown Fremont or call 231.924.2101.