Kennedy Park

Final Master Plan
The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District has began planning for upgrades and enhancements to Kennedy Park on November 28, 2011, when the HARD Board prioritized the master planning of Kennedy Park for fiscal year 2012 to 2013. RRM Design Group of San Luis Obispo was hired to develop the new master plan, in which discussions were held on location, boundaries and division of land parcels. Since then, we have held several community meetings to help us decide how to best meet the needs and desires of the community we serve. After much community input, a final public hearing was held on July 22, 2013, followed by a Board of Directors’ meeting in which the revised Kennedy Park master plan was adopted.

What's Next
Now that the revised master plan has been adopted, the next step is to identify funding and secure a well-qualified developer through a formal bidding process. However, identifying such funding may take some time but please know that we are committed to making your improved community park a reality as soon as is possible. 

Board of Directors’ Work Session
A Board of Directors’ work session was held on Thursday, April 11, 2013. The architects, RRM Design group presented the draft conceptual plan. The draft conceptual plan included a complete renovated Kennedy Park with many of the existing features being updated. Additional amenities included a significantly larger play area, new party facilities,  a water feature, bocce courts, more concessions and pavilions, a band stand and enhanced picnic opportunities. Also the McConaghy House was linked to the park with additional parking and historical landscaping. 
Master Plan Community Meeting
"A Day in the Park" was held on Saturday, September 15th at Kennedy Park, where the architect spent time talking with Kennedy Park users to get their input. The architects from RRM Design Group discussed the process that will occur in developing the new master plan for Kennedy Park. The architect took the members in attendance at the community meeting through a process to identify what the park could "feel like" and what is the "vision" for the new Kennedy Park. 

The community was able to prioritize their input and the architects will now work to put the ideas into a new preliminary Kennedy Park master plan. The plan will be presented at another community meeting in a couple of months. Check out the Community Boards and Comment Card Responses received on November 14th:

A Day in the Park
The first public meeting was held on Saturday, September 15th at Kennedy Park, where the architect spent time talking with Kennedy Park users to get their input. It was attended by the HARD Board of Directors and staff, RRM Design Group, and committed community members. We are very pleased to report that we had a fabulous day and received many comments on how people use the park amenities. 

Community members were bursting with ideas and children were busy with art projects on what they would like to see in their new park!  All in all, we set out to ensure that that you are involved in a process that would ultimately serve you and your families for generations to come, and it looks like we are off to a great start. "We got some really good comments that will be helpful for us moving forward". - Marisa Peltier, RRM Design Group. If you missed the meeting, check out the Community Boards and Comment Card Responses received on September 15th: