Hazel Garden Community Connect

Hazel Community Garden is a half-acre city owned property on Main Street that is managed by the NoMa & Prospect Hill Neighborhood Associations. This location is steps away from several upcoming large scale residential developments (+1,500 residents) and the upcoming San Lorenzo Creek bike trail. It's central location, accessibility and boom in population make it the ideal location for a community gathering space.


Briefly describe project:

The project transforms this underutilized community space to host daily activities as well as larger community gatherings. We have conducted community survey and scoped the project to include a dog run, gardening beds and multipurpose seating areas to create an outdoor escape from the demands of daily life. We also have plans to build a stage with an event kit to include all the basics for city residents to host inexpensive events.

How does this build community in your neighborhood?

This project will provide the citizens of Hayward a walkable outdoor option to enjoy activities like gardening, the dog run or meeting with others in a tranquil outdoor setting. The stage can also facilitate daily routines like yoga, dance, etc. Don’t forget to grab some fruit from the orchard or fresh herbs for making your dinner! The event kit and stage open the space for larger gatherings that can include public performance, speaking, presentations and movie nights for all community groups.

Not only does the construction of this project build community, the venue itself will become a place to bring the community together.


Implementation Team:

Carlos Gonzalez (President), Nathan Downs (Vice President) and Xiao Yan (Communications Officer) are Team Leads and board members of the Prospect Hill and NoMa Neighborhood Associations. They have full support of their board and 100 members in the neighborhood that have shown active participation in the past year. In 2021 the neighborhood associations hosted numerous events at the Hazel Garden including cleanups, installing new signage, building a dozen raised garden beds and a commercial irrigation system. National night out at Hazel Garden had 75 locals and was attended by Mayor Halliday.


Conceptual illustration ©2022 Queens Botanical Garden

Implementation timeline and tasks:


Implementation Task

Month of Completion

Task 1

Stage build

July 2022

Task 2

Dog run, fence, living wall build

Aug 2022

Task 3

Purchase projector, outdoor screen, tables, chairs, solar, battery and container

Sept 2022





Budget Item

Estimated Cost

Item 1

Stage 20’x20’ (Material only)


Item 2

Movie & Presentation Kit (projector, speakers, wireless mic, etc.)


Item 3

Dog Run (Chain link fence and dirt ground)


Item 4

Tables, Chairs, Shade Canopies, Garbage Cans and a Used Shipping Container


Item 5

Small Seating/Gathering Area (3 heavy duty picnic tables)


Item 6

Power (generator, hard line, solar panel - battery, etc.)


Item 7

Botanical living wall barrier (120 ft. plants and labor)







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