Ashland Common Park
What We’re Doing
Building a park in a community that lacks access to essential green space
Connect more people to the benefits of the outdoors
In the Bay Area in California, the Ashland neighborhood is a melting pot of cultures. Nearly 40 percent of community members were born outside of the United States, infusing each street corner with diversity from around the world. Between 2000 and 2017, each of Ashland’s two largest communities—Hispanic/Latino and Asian—increased in population by nearly 70 percent.
Though rich in culture, Ashland residents have long been underserved, especially compared to other Bay Area suburbs. The neighborhood is wedged between the bustling Highway 580 and Interstate 238, leaving residents to suffer from car pollution, poverty, and little access to green spaces that are essential for community wellness.
With our partners at Hayward Area Recreation District (HARD), Trust for Public Land is working with the local community to build a park that not only reflects the area’s vibrancy and history, but also creates a sense of place as new residents continue to move to the neighborhood. With funding from Proposition 68, Trust for Public Land hosted multiple community sessions to elicit feedback on what residents wanted to see in their local park. Now, we’re bringing those ideas to life with Ashland Common Park.
This vacant lot will become an awesome green space with a new lawn, playground, fitness zone, picnic and BBQ areas, walking loop, sports court, and community plaza for pop-up markets, concerts, and more. Ashland Common Park will connect nearly 11,000 residents within a 10-minute walk with a much-needed green space—a space that’s inviting, inclusive, and enhancing the physical and mental wellbeing of all who visit.
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