Things to Do in Hayward
The cultural diversity of Hayward is rich and is represented by superb arts facilities and organizations as well as prominent heritage sites.
At the Hayward Japanese Gardens more than three acres of plants and bonsai are presented in traditional Japanese style. Pathways lead visitors to a koi pond, a teahouse and observation areas.
The Douglas Morrisson Theatre is an outstanding venue for live stage entertainment. Owned and operated by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, the theater company presents plays, musicals and concerts in the 250-seat facility.
The visual arts are celebrated at facilities such as the Hayward Area Historical Society Museum of History and Culture, the Hayward Arts Council galleries and the Sun Gallery. Adding to this is public art that can be discovered throughout the community, including stunning murals in the downtown area.
California State University, East Bay and Chabot College offer concerts, theater, dance and art shows. Cal State East Bay is home to the University Theater, an art gallery and sculpture garden. Chabot College boasts an art gallery, bands, choirs and its 1,500-seat Performing Arts Center.
History buffs revel in the McConaghy House Museum, a 12-room farmhouse furnished in the style of 1886 – the date it was constructed. Located adjacent to Kennedy Park, the historic site is owned by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District and operated by the Hayward Area Historical Society. The society has a year-long schedule of activities, with its main museum located downtown.
Additional historical sites include All Saints Catholic Church, a Spanish-Baroque style church constructed in 1912; the circa 1897 Meek Mansion; the “Old” City Hall, built in 1930; the Veterans’ Memorial Building, dedicated to fallen soldiers in 1932; and the Totem Pole at Weekes Community Park, erected in 1964 to depict the history of the Hayward area from 1849.
Shopping opportunities include the Southland Mall of 150 stores and restaurants and additional shopping areas promoting international foods and goods. A walk downtown reveals a blend of antique stores, salons, restaurants and a movie theater complex.
Places to Eat & Where to Stay
Hayward’s extensive selection of restaurants offers eclectic menus and outstanding service. American classics are intermixed with a host of ethnic establishments.
More than 800 hotel and motel rooms ensure Hayward visitors a comfortable night’s sleep during their stay. Each full-service hotel is conveniently located near major thoroughfares and transportation options, as well as local and regional attractions. Three new hotels are scheduled to open in 2018.
Chamber-recommended restaurants and lodging options can be found by browsing through the directory in the back of this publication, or by visiting the Hayward Chamber of Commerce website at www.hayward.org.
It is a great time to live in Hayward, California. In comparison to other East Bay cities, Hayward remains an affordable place to purchase a quality home. Mature tree-lined neighborhoods are intermixed with modern, luxury estates in the hills, providing homebuyers a selection of residential choices. Single-family dwellings, townhouses and condominium complexes are readily available, as are ample options for rental alternatives for those not in the market to buy at this time.
To meet the demands that come with growth, the city continues to implement measures to enhance and expand the services and amenities residents and businesses appreciate. Beautiful parks and schools are being renovated, bus and rail service improved, utility lines moved underground, and fall, spring and summer seasons feature community festivals in neighborhoods, parks and on historic B Street downtown.
From open spaces and park sites to modern recreational facilities, Hayward California residents have access to diversions of all kinds.
The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District operates and maintains more than 100 facilities and park sites and offers hundreds of educational and recreational programs, classes and events. Highlights:
- The 25-acre Oliver Sports Park has picnic facilities, children’s play area, as well as facilities for softball, soccer and basketball.
- Kennedy Park welcomes families to enjoy pony and train rides, a merry-go-round and a petting zoo.
- Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center offers a glimpse into the ecology of the San Francisco Bay estuary.
- The Sulphur Creek Nature Center is a wildlife education and rehabilitation facility in a creek-side forest.
- The Rowell Ranch Rodeo is a community favorite every spring.
- The Hayward Plunge is a year-round indoor swimming facility that features swim lessons, public swim, lap swim and water exercise.
Part of the East Bay Regional Park District, Garin and Dry Creek Pioneer regional parks include a visitor center with blacksmith shop; picnicking areas; a 20-mile system of trails for hiking, horseback riding and fishing.
Golf Courses in Hayward California
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. Skywest is a popular choice for its challenging 18 holes on a tree-lined course stretching 6,862 yards. The facility includes a driving range, practice green and a restaurant. Mission Hills is a 9-hole executive course that includes a two-deck lighted driving range. Both offer professional instruction and pro shops.
Hayward is also home to TPC Stonebrae Country Club with its 18-hole, 7,200-yard championship course 1,500 feet above San Francisco Bay. The beautiful facility with outstanding vistas includes dining opportunities, practice facility and a portion of the Bay Ridge Trail. The Ellie Mae Classic is one of the major events on the Web.Com PGA-affiliated Tour.
The San Francisco Bay Area is the innovation capital of our state, country and arguably our planet. The region provides the entrepreneurial spirit, technological development and bold thinking that is changing industries, commerce, policy and the ways we live, learn and play here at home and around the globe. It is a distinction owing to our region’s natural beauty, commitment to environmental protection, world-class academic and research institutions, progressive attitudes, and standing as a beacon to immigrants, migrants and risk-takers for generations.
Within the Bay Area, as a place of business and to do business, the City of Hayward offers an unparalleled combination of competitive advantages. From a commercial standpoint, we are strategically located at the center of the region and tied to markets regionally, nationally and globally through a robust transportation network of multiple highways, heavy and light rail, airports and maritime shipping lines operating through the Port of Oakland.
When it comes to employee recruitment and retention, Hayward businesses draw on a highly educated regional workforce within short commute distances. As a lifestyle proposition, the city is home to a highly diverse and welcoming community with relatively affordable real estate and housing costs, two-year and four-year college campuses in Chabot College and California State University East Bay and easy access to San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose entertainment and culture, and expansive parks and open spaces, including shoreline and ridgeline hiking trails.
Increasingly, business owners and investors are discovering Hayward. The city’s industrial crescent is a veritable ecosystem of commerce and creation with thousands of companies and firms of all sizes across of a multitude of sectors — information technology, bio-tech and life science, transportation and logistics, food and beverage manufacturing, business and financial services and advanced materials among them. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of dollars in new residential and retail development has been approved for downtown Hayward and will bring new housing options, new residents and new energy to our city’s core.
At city hall, Hayward government means business, too. Our Business Concierge program at our Economic Development department is a one-stop shop to support business site selection, project development and a range of business operation, marketing and workforce activities. And we are making public infrastructure and service investments in energy, utilities, roadways, housing and libraries intended enhance the business climate and quality of life in our community. It is with great pride that I say, welcome to Hayward.
Mayor of Hayward
The region is well-positioned to serve Hayward health care needs. In addition to the multitude of established practices and clinics in the community, residents take advantage of convenient, high-quality health care resources at major hospital campuses.
Celebrating 55 years of service to the City of Hayward and the surrounding communities, St. Rose Hospital stands tall providing quality health care to all. With almost 900 employees and 400 physicians, St. Rose is a nonprofit 217-bed acute care facility that offers comprehensive care. Diagnostic imaging services include the latest in digital technology and diagnostic ultrasound – all compliant with the new federal standards. Services include an excellent 24-hour Emergency Department that sees 40,000 patients annually, a Medical/Surgical/Telemetry Department, an award winning Family Birthing Center and an Outpatient Care Center. The hospital is a designated Cardiac STEMI Receiving Center providing emergency lifesaving angioplasties for immediate treatment of heart attacks. In 2017, St. Rose opened a state-of- the-art in-patient pharmacy with the generous support of Fremont Bank Foundation.
Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation’s leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. They provide a full spectrum of health care services to southern Alameda County residents through facilities in Hayward, Fremont, San Leandro and Union City. Kaiser has served the Hayward community for over 50 years and continues in its mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of members and the communities it serves.
Eden Medical Center’s state-of-the-art facility in Castro Valley brings together patient-centered care, technology and sophisticated design. It has 130 private patient rooms, with an additional 34-bed Universal Care Unit. Eden is home to the Sutter East Bay Neuroscience Institute, Primary Stroke Center and Regional Trauma Center. Services include cancer care, advanced imaging, rehabilitation and emergency care.
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center provides free and low-cost health primary care and social services to 15,000 patients in Southern Alameda County who would otherwise have nowhere to go to receive care. From its Hayward headquarters and social services site the center provides services such as family practice, pediatrics, prenatal care, immunizations to infants, nutrition education to new mothers, mental health and outreach services and after-school programs.
The city’s new Firehouse Clinic on Huntwood Avenue is a collaboration of the City of Hayward, the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center. The clinic offers extended hours to accommodate the schedules of working families. Services include primary and preventative care on the grounds of a fire station.
Bay Valley Medical Group offers primary and specialty medical care. Services include internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, urology, podiatry, radiology and counseling.
Hayward Wellness Center at the Southland Mall is part of Alameda Health System’s network of ambulatory clinics that expand access to primary care and medical specialties. Hayward Wellness also provides services such as optometry and podiatry. Group visits include classes on healthy eating and living, and a demonstration kitchen.
St. Francis Urgent Care in South Hayward offers a state-of-the-art facility with on-site lab and X-ray services. Board-certified medical staff members are available weekdays, including evenings and weekends, to provide immediate medical care.
The Life West Chiropractic College Health Center is located on the teaching facility campus in Hayward. Senior interns are directed by licensed chiropractors at the clinic, which provides affordable services to those in need of care.
Become a member of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce to promote your business and be a part of Hayward’s economic vitality.
1 Business development: Member mixers provide visibility and access to new business contacts and resources. Promote your business at member receptions, luncheons, workshops, meetings, events, the Business Expo and more. Members are also listed on the chamber website and in the annual business directory magazine.
2 Marketing: Members can support, participate and sponsor high-profile events. Our audience is a specialized market of business owners, employers and executives, as well as an active community.
3 Business referral: The chamber receives calls and walk-ins for business referrals of local products and services. People like to do business with chamber members.
4 Government advocacy: The chamber addresses community issues and keeps connections to elected officials. The work of our Governmental Relations Council and our political action committee promotes beneficial business legislation, discourages detrimental regulations and saves you money.
5 Professional Development: Enhance your professional skills with training and education at workshops led by speakers on topics such as sales, marketing, customer service, capital acquisition, government contracting and social media.
6 In the know: Members receive our e-newsletter and other communications that keep them up-to-date on the local business scene as well as chamber and community events and opportunities for networking. The chamber website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Yelp pages are additional sources for business contacts.
7 Travel programs: Chamber-sponsored travel programs provide opportunities to network worldwide.
8 Business credibility: Your business perception amongst consumers and business owners brings credibility when it is identified as a member of a Chamber of Commerce.
9 Leadership Hayward: More than 300 Hayward community and business leaders have been trained by this acclaimed Chamber program over the past 26 years.
10 Programs and events: The chamber hosts activities, including an annual awards gala, Business Expo, member receptions, networking groups, workshops, ribbon-cuttings and grand-openings. We attract visitors to Hayward with our downtown street party series, mariachi festival and the Light Up the Season celebration. Our State of the City Luncheon is a Hayward tradition and our luncheon speakers’ series features experts from America’s international trading partners.
11 Value-added benefits: Money-saving member-to-member discounts are available to members only. New members are welcomed on Facebook page and in our e-newsletter. We can promote and assist with your grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony, which increases your visibility in the community.
12 Making a contribution: Committee involvement is an opportunity to expand business contacts and network while finding solutions for community issues. Join chamber affiliate organizations such as the Ambassadors, Latino Business Round Table, Hayward Nonprofit Alliance, and our support groups for industries such as food manufacturing/distribution and bioscience.
A hallmark of Hayward’s development as a city is its embrace of “cradle to career” learning and it is one of the few cities in California to have both a community college and a state university.
It begins with the Hayward Unified School District, serving more than 20,000 students from pre-kindergarten through high school. The district is composed of 21 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, an alternative high school, an adult education center and a child care center for preschoolers. The district offers award-winning visual and performing arts programs, career pathways, state-of-the-art facilities and dual language immersion programs in Spanish and Mandarin. Students graduate from HUSD proud to be Made in Hayward and prepared with the skills needed for life beyond the classroom.
Private school education includes 10 preschools and elementary schools. California Crosspoint Academy is a Christian middle and high school known for excellence in academics as well as extracurricular activities that give its students opportunities to become well-rounded, productive and caring citizens. Moreau Catholic High School is a Holy Cross college-preparatory institution where nearly all graduating students advance to higher education. Silver Oak High School is a public Montessori charter school that provides a college preparatory education based on the principles of individualized mastery learning and student participation in the construction of knowledge.
Chabot College is a comprehensive community college where students of all ages and backgrounds can get a high quality education at an affordable price. Students can choose from over 160+ associate degrees and career training programs. The college awards associate degrees and certificates, and specializes in university transfer, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities. Chabot College partners with local private and public sector industries to build workforce development opportunities to help meet the industry need for a skilled and educated workforce with relevant technical and soft skills.
California State University, East Bay is known for award-winning programs, expert instruction, a highly personalized learning environment and a choice of more than 100 career-focused fields of study. The university’s mission centers on providing Cal State East Bay’s diverse student population with rich, culturally relevant learning experiences that prepare them for meaningful life work; to meet the educational needs and contribute to the vitality of the city of Hayward, the East Bay, the state, the nation and global communities; and to nurture philanthropy that transforms students’ lives and empowers future generations.
Life Chiropractic College West offers the doctor of chiropractic degree and is internationally recognized for leadership and innovation in chiropractic training.
Other educational institutions serving Hayward include Carrington College, which offers certificate and associate degree programs toward health care careers; the University of San Francisco’s campus in nearby Pleasanton; and Unitek College, which offers programs in vocational nursing and medical assisting.
Further options for lifelong learning can be found through the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program and the HUSD Center for Education and Careers (Adult School).