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September 6, 2011 > Meek Estate West Terrace

Meek Estate West Terrace

Submitted By Hayward Area Recreation and Park District
Photos By Simon Wong

The Meek Estate, in the Cherryland neighborhood of Hayward, features an historic mansion nestled among 9.75 acres of lush green lawns, decorated with flower beds, fruit trees, walking paths, a play area and picnic facilities. The area located to the west end of the mansion leads visitors to the Carriage House and the South Lawn fronting Hampton Road.

This area had lain dormant for a number of years until a community collaboration called for something different. A decision was made to create a gathering area that would best serve the needs of the community and capture the historic nature of the mansion - the Meek Estate West Terrace.

After much support and excitement from neighboring residents and community partners, discussions began on details of how the West Terrace was to be constructed. In 2005, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) Board of Directors sought a landscape architect to develop a Master Plan and awarded a contract to George Meir & Associates. An initial Master Plan was completed but the company was unable to furnish completed bid documents and graciously turned over what had been completed to the District.

In March 2009, the Board awarded a contract to Gutierrez/Associates Architects of Oakland to complete the plans and in November 2009, a community meeting was held to review the final design. However, community priorities had changed since the original Master Plan was developed, requiring a new design.

In February 2010, the Board awarded a contract to RRM Design Group of San Luis Obispo for a revised Master Plan; in August 2010, the company began developing plans and specifications based on the new design. Suarez and Munoz was awarded the construction contract and broke ground in December 2010. On July 11, 2011, HARD's Board of Directors accepted completion of the West Terrace.

The West Terrace is a beautifully synthesized design from the Park District, community partners and area residents, featuring historic plantings, a trellis, seating areas, meandering pathways, a gazebo and restrooms. The community has waited patiently to see the project come to fruition and the HARD Board of Directors is very proud to present the Meek West Terrace which they hope will be enjoyed for many years to come.

"This is a gathering venue that can be used for weddings, family parties, by the Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS), art shows and numerous other functions and events. The Meek Estate Park and Gardens will remain open when the West Terrace is in use. Both are public areas; conceivably, there could be a family picnic in the grounds, the Meek Mansion, which is owned by HARD and managed and maintained by HAHS, could be open to tours and there might be a wedding ceremony," explained HARD General Manager Rita Shue at the ribbon cutting for the facility on August 30, 2011. Bookings can be made at the District Office (1099 E Street, Hayward) or by calling (510) 881-6700.

The ribbon cutting event was attended by HARD Board members and staff, representatives from Alameda County Community Development Agency, Alameda County Parks, Recreation & Historical Commission, Alameda County Public Works Agency, Cherryland Community Association, East Bay Regional Park District, HAHS, Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency, Hayward Chamber of Commerce, RRM Design Group and Suarez & Munoz Construction.

For more details, terms and conditions of use and hire and an application/reservation form for the Meek Estate Wedding Site, visit www.HaywardRec.org/weddings.html or visit the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District office at 1099 E Street, Hayward or call (510) 881-6700.

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