Drawn into the imaginary boundaries of the "Silicon Valley" as it crawls north from Fremont, Newark has managed to blend its expansion into high technology with a strong and proud spirit rooted in community and family values. Significant newcomers, like Sun Microsystems, continue to open the door for thousands of new employment opportunities, although the diversified economy already encompasses over 45 manufacturers of everything from glass to electronic components. Fortunately, Newark has developed the commercial and recreational amenities to accommodate the influx of new residents. In fact, the local Newpark Mall serves as one of Alameda County's major shopping centers. Newark Community Center, a senior center, and a network of local parks provide classes, activities, sports leagues, playgrounds, and athletic facilities for residents of all ages. The quality public school system and associated adult school are enhanced by the Center for Career Transition located on the Ohlone College campus. Newark is surrounded by the natural beauty of sprawling open spaces like the 21,000-acre San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the Mission Peak Regional Preserve, the 900-acre Coyote Hills Regional Park, the 12-mile Alameda Creek Regional Trail, and the 200-acre Ardenwood Historic Farm. The latter is especially well-suited for family activities.