Hayward’s location in the scenic East Bay area provides exceptional recreational opportunities. From open spaces and park sites to modern recreational facilities, Hayward area residents have access to diversions of all kinds.
Created in 1944, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District provides recreational opportunities to more than 250,000 people in a 64-square-mile area. The district operates and maintains more than 100 facilities and park sites and offers hundreds of educational and recreational programs, classes and events. Highlights follow.
• The 25-acre Alden E. Oliver Sports Park has picnic facilities, a children’s play area, four lighted softball fields, two all-weather soccer fields, plus one natural turf soccer field and two lighted basketball courts.
• Kennedy Park welcomes families to enjoy pony rides, train rides, a merry-go-round and a petting zoo.
• Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center offers guests a glimpse into the ecology of the San Francisco Bay estuary. In addition to excellent exhibits are an array of activities and programs.
• The Sulphur Creek Nature Center is a wildlife education and rehabilitation facility in a forest where patrons can enjoy a variety of programs.
Part of the East Bay Regional Park District, Garin and Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks include a visitor center with blacksmith shop, picnicking areas, fishing and a 20-mile system of trails for hiking and horseback riding. A highlight every summer is the popular Garin Apple Festival.
One of the newest landmarks on the Hayward recreation scene is Dream Courts, aiming to create the largest indoor sports facility in the nation at its facilities on Hathaway Avenue. Dream Courts offers seven NBA-sized basketball courts, a fitness and training center and space for other indoor sports such as soccer and volleyball for year-round leagues, tournaments and camps. When complete, the facility will cover 400,000 square feet.
GOLFERS LOVE HAYWARD
Hayward has outstanding public and country club golf courses.
The Hayward Recreation and Park District operates the Skywest and Mission Hills of Hayward golf courses. Constructed in 1965, Skywest is a popular choice for its challenging 18 holes on a tree-lined par 72 course stretching 6,862 yards. The facility includes a driving range, practice putting green and a restaurant. Its pavilion helps make the facility a popular gathering place during tournaments. Mission Hills of Hayward is a 9-hole, 1,720-yard executive course that includes putting greens and a two-deck lighted driving range with 50 stalls open until 10 p.m. Both courses offer professional golf instruction, pro shops and tournament accommodations.
Hayward is also home to Stonebrae Country Club, with its modern 18-hole, 7,200-yard championship course designed by renowned golf architect David McLay Kidd. At 1,500 feet above San Francisco Bay, the course has awe-inspiring vistas. The beautiful facility includes outstanding dining opportunities, a full-scale practice facility and four miles of trails, including a portion of the Bay Ridge Trail. Yet to come is a 32,000-square-foot clubhouse. TPC Stonebrae is home to the Fresh Express Classic, one of the major events on the Nationwide Tour that draws crowds and television coverage every spring.