Housing in Hayward: Some of the areas of Hayward that boast of luxury homes are in Hayward Hills, Bailey Ranch, Stonebrae, Eden Shores and Twin Bridges.
Hayward Area Recreation & Parks Department 510-881-6700
The Hayward Area Recreation & Park District is an independent special use district providing park and recreation services for over 220,000 residents living within a 64 square-mile area which includes Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and the unincorporated Ashland, Cherryland and Fairview districts. The Park District (H.A.R.D.) is the largest recreation district in the State of California. Since its creation in 1944, it has provided residents with many beautiful facilities and parks, as well as hundreds of educational and recreational classes and programs.
The District currently maintains over 100 facilities and parks, many of which have received national and state recognition for their design, innovation and beauty. There are several community centers, which can be rented for parties and receptions.
For the golf enthusiast the District operates two courses, Skywest Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 72 championship course and Mission Hills of Hayward Golf Course, a 9-hole, par 30 executive course. Both facilities have full service bar & grill. There is a driving range at Skywest and there will soon be a night lit range at Mission Hills.
For family outings come visit Kennedy Park with its carousel, petting zoo, pony rides and train. Lovers of the outdoors should take a look at the programs offered through the District’s Naturalist Programs at both the Sulphur Creek Nature Center and Shoreline Interpretive Center.
Swimming in the lagoon is the park’s main attraction from Memorial Day until Labor Day. There is a bathhouse, a vending machine, a sandy beach and large lawn areas. Dogs are not allowed in the swim complex.
Anglers along the lake may catch trout, bass, catfish and bluegill. The lake is stocked regularly with trout and catfish.
Don Castro, 22400 Woodroe Street:510-538-1148
PARK HOURS: 8 am to 10 pm; 8 am to 8 pm in
PARKING FEE: $4 weekends and holidays
DOG FEE: $1 per day weekends and holidays
GROUP PICNIC RESERVATIONS: 510-562-2267
Hayward Plunge: 510-881-6703
A year-round aquatics program is offered at the Hayward Plunge and four seasonal swim centers are open from June to early September. Swim classes are offered year round and range from Parent/Baby to Adult by certified American Red Cross Instructors. Additional activities, such as Water Fitness, Water Aerobics, Move It & Lose It, Lifeguarding, Junior Aquatic Water Safety, Water Safety Instructor, and Summer Swim Teams are offered. A complete schedule of public swimming, lap swimming, pool parties, special events, and special interest camp programs are offered year-round.
Sulphur Creek Nature Center, 1801 D St.: 510-881-6747
The Sulphur Creek Nature Center is a full-service nature center and is a wildlife center dedicated to bringing people and animals closer together. There are live animal displays featuring local species, a Discovery Center, a pet rental program, school and group wildlife education programs, wildlife rehabilitation program, special events, nature study classes, volunteer programs, and outreach activities. The park provides picnic facilities and a nature trail. The Sulphur Creek Nature Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm.