Our History

The Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center opened its doors on Friday, July 11, 1986. This was the culmination of more than a decade of planning. The Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency (HASPA) was formed in 1971 to prepare plans and programs for Hayward’s eight miles of San Francisco Bay frontage. Given existing pressures for development, HASPA’s initial responsibility was to evaluate the need for preserving the Shoreline’s open space and natural resources as compared with the need for additional urbanization. 

To ensure the consistency of future Shoreline plans, HASPA was established under the provisions of an intergovernmental, joint exercise of powers agreement. Members of HASPA included: East Bay Regional Park District, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, City of Hayward, Hayward Unified School District and San Lorenzo School District. HASPA produced numerous reports examining the physical, social and economic conditions that established the framework within which decisions could be made about land use. Through their efforts, today, more than 1,800 acres are open for public use and for the protection of wildlife.

Below you will find an article detailing the history and creation of the Interpretive Center, written by Mike Koslosky, our first Program Director. His article reflects on the changes which have happened to the shoreline since it was a hunting and salt industry area in the early 1980s, off limits to the public, and its eventual change to the beautiful habitat which both people and wildlife enjoy today.