COMMUNITY DESIGN MEETING: HISTORIC PLAZA + ARBORETUM
Saturday, Oct 11th, 2014
835 C Street,
Watkins at C St,
Please join us for a special community presentation of the 21st Century Library design, including Hayward’s Historic Plaza + Arboretum.
The presentation begins in the Main Library meeting room at 10:15am, and then will move to the Farmer’s Market (Watkins at C St) at 11:30am.
ABOUT THE PLAZA
One of Hayward’s most impressive yet underutilized assets is its historic tree-filled central “plaza”. In the early days of Hayward in the mid-1800’s, the plaza was part of the homestead of the first ranch owner in the area, Don Guillermo Castro.
Some of the trees standing there today date back to these early days of Hayward. This unique arboretum features over 40 varieties of rare and mature trees, including impressive specimens of native Giant Sequoia and Coast Redwoods, century old American Elms, and some of the largest and oldest specimens of exotic tree species in the Bay Area including a mature Chinese Gingko, a rare Dawn Redwood, and the extraordinary 100-foot-tall Australian Bunya Pine.
The 21st Century Library project presents the unparalleled opportunity to restore these grounds to their historic roots as Hayward’s central plaza and arboretum. Very few cities can boast of having such a beautiful and stately central plaza with century-old historic trees in the heart of downtown.
Creating a vibrant and welcoming community plaza in place of the 1950’s era library structure will transform Hayward’s civic center. The restored plaza will be an ideal location for community festivals, music performances, cultural events, farmer’s markets, and other civic events for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire Hayward community.
The design of this groundbreaking restoration project has come a long way, and we look forward to sharing it with you and hearing your comments and feedback.
We hope you can join us for this special community meeting. Please RSVP and register by clicking the link below.