Kennedy Park (Hayward, California)

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"HARD" topiary display at Kennedy Park

Kennedy Park is a large, multi-use park in Hayward, California, managed by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD).[1] It is the most heavily used park in the district.[2] The park is adjacent to McConaghy Park, which contains McConaghy House, a historic property, built in 1886, and managed as a house museum by HARD and the Hayward Area Historical Society.[3] McConaghy House features Stick/Eastlake architecture. It lies within San Lorenzo. In 2013, plans to renovate the park and combine the park and house into a Victorian-style venue were proposed.[4]

McConaghy House

Park features[edit]

Kennedy Park contains a merry-go-round, a petting zoo, a pony ride, and a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railroad with a train pulled by a Chance Rides C.P. Huntington locomotive. There are also picnic and activity areas, as well as a snack bar. The park is open every day during the summer and on the weekends during the rest of the year, weather permitting.


  1. ^ " Oakland and East Bay News, Sports, Jobs, Cars and Real Estate". 2005-07-28. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  2. ^ Parr, Rebecca. "Hayward: Park district seeks residents' ideas on Kennedy Park - San Jose Mercury News". Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  3. ^ "Santa Claus, Dickens and carolers at the McConaghy House". Tri City Voice. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  4. ^ Rebecca ParrThe Daily Review. "Kennedy Park in Hayward to get a makeover - San Jose Mercury News". Retrieved 2014-04-12.
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  • Directory of Historic House Museums in the United States, Patricia Chambers Walker, Thomas Graham, Walnut Creek, California:AltaMira Press. Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000. page 21

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Coordinates: 37°40′7″N 122°7′16″W / 37.66861°N 122.12111°W / 37.66861; -122.12111