Community Cookout brings people together for city cleanup, food, fun activities

FREMONT - The second Fremont Community Cookout of the summer was held Tuesday to help bring the community together to give back and clean up the city.

From 4 to 6 p.m. the local parks were cleaned up with the help of police officers, city employees, firefighters, and volunteers. Then from 6 to 8 p.m. a community cookout was held at Rodger Young Park.

From left, Stacy Robinson, school resource officer, stands with volunteer Jerious Wadsworth and Fremont Mayor Danny Sanchez at the Community Cookout on Aug. 1.
From left, Stacy Robinson, school resource officer, stands with volunteer Jerious Wadsworth and Fremont Mayor Danny Sanchez at the Community Cookout on Aug. 1.

Activities for volunteers to enjoy included blowing bubbles, basketball

“This event shows our support to law enforcement, and we want to help clean up the vandalism,” Fremont Mayor Danny Sanchez said. “We had an initiative to clean up our parks as a community together prior to the cookout. We want the community to know that we're going to do what we can to protect our parks and to stop vandalism inside our parks.”

Many adult and youth volunteers helped with the cleanup and also with the cookout.

“This felt good to give back in a positive way and it was nice to help out,” said Jerious Wadsworth, a teenage volunteer. "Cleaning up trash and helping the city look good, feels great.”

Fremont Exchange Club helped to serve food

Activities for those attending included making bubbles, playing ball, basketball, making ornaments, and spinning the wheel to win prizes at the Sandusky County Public Health Department table. The free food included hot dogs, chips, pop icicles, and water, which were served by members of the Fremont Exchange Club.

The Sandusky County Health Department hosted a spinning wheel at the Fremont Community Cookout at Rodger Young Park on Aug. 1.
The Sandusky County Health Department hosted a spinning wheel at the Fremont Community Cookout at Rodger Young Park on Aug. 1.

“This event helps more youth to understand the community and how to give back to the community," said Stacy Robinson, school resource officer. “I feel like us initiating activism within our youth helps them understand the community better and how they can help by giving back and not destroying what we as a community can create together and make stronger.”

Some of the volunteers and vendors included Wendt Key Realty, the Exchange Club of Fremont, the City of Fremont Fire Department plus Parks and Recreation, Fremont Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Habitat for Humanity, Sandusky County Public Health, and Sandusky County Child Support Enforcement.

For more information on events in Fremont go to fremontohio.org.

Activities for those who attended the Fremont Community Cookout on Aug. 1 included blowing giant bubbles.
Activities for those who attended the Fremont Community Cookout on Aug. 1 included blowing giant bubbles.

This article originally appeared on Fremont News-Messenger: Community cookout brings people together to clean up city, have fun