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January 9, 2018 > New president named to HARD board

New president named to HARD board

Submitted By Kerrilyn J. Ely

Longtime Hayward Area Recreational District (HARD) board member Carol A. Pereira was recently elected as board president for 2018.

?It is an honor to assume the position of President of the Board? said Pereira, who was elected by the Board of Directors at its Dec. 11 meeting. ?The mission of HARD is to enrich the quality of life for our community by providing recreation, parks and facilities that promote health and wellness, learning and fun, and I welcome the opportunity to guide the organization in its continued pursuit of that mission.?

Pereira has been a board member with HARD since 1982. During her 36-year tenure on the Board of Directors there have been significant changes and growth. The past few years seen the construction of several major capital projects, along with the passage of the $250 million Measure F1 Parks Bond. The goals of Measure F1 are to improve, renovate and expand parks and recreation facilities within the district?s boundaries of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, and San Lorenzo.

?It is a very exciting time for the district, with so many capital projects underway as well as the planning for the district?s upcoming 75th anniversary in 2019,? said Pereira. ?I am excited that our residents have entrusted the district with the bond funds the district will re-invest back into the parks and recreational facilities. It is a priority of the board to ensure the bond projects strengthen the district?s infrastructure and develop parks and facilities that foster a growing sense of community in the Hayward Area?

Also elected by the board of directors at the December meeting were Rick Hatcher as Board Vice-President, and Paul Hodges, Jr. as Board Secretary. They are joined on the HARD five-person board by Minane Jameson and Louis M. Andrade.

Established in 1944, HARD provides parks and recreation programs, events and facilities and services to 300,000 residents in the greater Hayward area including Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview and San Leandro. For more information, visit their website at

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