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September 4, 2012 > John Gouveia

John Gouveia

Submitted By Dina Lewis

The Board of Directors of the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) are pleased to announce John Gouveia as the District's new General Manager with effect from September 1, 2012. The agency provides park and recreation services to Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward and San Lorenzo, serving more than 275,000 residents.

Gouveia becomes the tenth General Manager in the District's history and will oversee its overall operations, which includes a staff of 115 full-time employees and upwards of 500 seasonal and part-time staff, with an overall budget of almost $30M.

He has been with the District full-time since 1991 and has served as a Recreation Supervisor, Public Information Supervisor and most recently has been the District's Business Manager. He was named Interim General Manager in May 2012. He began his career in recreation working for HARD as a teen, beginning in 1975, and then moved to the City of Pleasanton where he was a Recreation Coordinator from 1984 to 1990 before returning to HARD in 1991.

Gouveia, who grew up in the Fairview district of Hayward and is a graduate of Hayward High School, attended California State University, Hayward where he earned a degree in Recreation with a minor in Business Administration.

"I am both honored and thrilled to be given this opportunity and look forward to the challenge of continuing the District's proud history of providing outstanding programs and facilities to our residents," Gouveia said, "and, having basically grown up here at HARD, I know our greatest asset is our employees, who make all the wonderful things happen and thank all of them for their support. I'm especially grateful to our Board of Directors for their confidence in me and for their progressive thinking over the years which has allowed us to become the great organization we are."

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