In a tradition that commenced in 1962, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) Board of Directors proudly acknowledges and expresses gratitude to exceptional individuals and organizations for their unwavering support in advancing the District’s mission to provide top-notch parks and recreation programs and facilities. This year marks the 61st anniversary of this awards program. 

The 2023 Board of Directors’ Awards were conferred upon outstanding recipients during a special ceremony held on Friday, January 26, 2024, at the Sorensdale Recreation Center in Hayward. 

The distinguished recipients of the 2023 Board of Directors’ Awards are as follows: 

  • Volunteer of the Year: Dr. Charlotte Leong 
  • Special Recognition: Student Conservation Association, Inc. 
  • Special Recognition: Dr. Chris Chamberlain, Cal State University, East Bay
  • HARD Foundation Organization of the Year: Fenwick & West LLP 
  • HARD Foundation Individual of the Year: Rosa & Gustavo Gutierrez
  • Organization of the Year: Trust for Public Land 
  • Individual of the Year: Diana Maravilla 

The HARD Board of Directors congratulates each award winner, recognizing their outstanding contributions to the community. 

These esteemed individuals and organizations have demonstrated exemplary dedication to furthering the District’s goals of providing quality parks, recreation programs and facilities. Their commitment and efforts have significantly enhanced the well-being and recreational opportunities for residents in the Hayward area. 

The awards ceremony, held at the Sorensdale Recreation Center, was attended by the recipients, their supporters and key representatives from the Hayward community. The event showcased the District’s appreciation for the collaborative efforts of its partners, volunteers and contributors.

“We are profoundly grateful for the valuable partnerships and the dedication of our volunteers who make a significant impact on our community. The 2023 Board of Directors’ Awards reflect the remarkable achievements of those who share our vision for a vibrant and inclusive recreational environment,” stated President Peter Rosen of the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Board of Directors. 

The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District remains committed to fostering a culture of excellence, community engagement and continuous improvement in its mission to enhance the quality of life for residents. The District looks forward to continued collaboration with its partners and volunteers in the years to come.

About the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District 

The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, known locally as “HARD,” is an independent special use district created to provide park and recreation services for over 309,000 residents. Our boundaries encompass a 100-square-mile area, which includes the City of Hayward and the unincorporated communities of Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland and Fairview. For more information, visit