Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) received in 2004 a grant to purchase and develop the old Holland Oil property located on 16301 East 14th Street. The intent was to develop the first community-size park in the Ashland area that would provide immediate recreational opportunities for the neighborhood.
Adjacent to the future Holland Park is Edendale Middle School, operated by the San Lorenzo Unified School District. The school district also received funding to construct a multi-use gymnasium and develop their sports fields that will be shared with HARD. This represents significant joint use opportunities that include after-hour access to the school fields and shared use of the new facility.
Including Edendale Middle School grounds as part of the development created the possibility of linking the new Holland property Park with Edendale Park and the rest of the school recreation facilities.
In November 2007 the Board of Supervisors authorized the Alameda County Redevelopment Agency to purchase from HARD a portion of the parcel on the front of East 14th Street to develop a center for teens and young adults. This facility would be part of the community park and address the need for a space dedicated to the youth.
The new 13.25 acre community park will be a comprehensive complex that will include:
Holland Park (HARD)
- Open lawn areas and landscape
- Skate park
- Picnic areas
- Play structures
- Public restroom facility
- Vehicular paths and parking spaces
Ashland Youth Center (RDA)
- Recreation facility for the youth
- Health Clinic Services
- Mentoring and guidance programs
- Educational programs
- Job training services
Edendale Middle School Fields (SLzUSD)
- New track and field facility
- T-Ball fields
- Upgrades to existing softball fields
- New gymnasium
- Parking area adjacent to gymnasium
Edendale Park (HARD)
- Off-leash dog park