The Hayward People's Budget

Your Money, Your Choice

In 2021, the Hayward People’s Budget awarded a total of $350,000 to fund community-generated, community-led projects. Through community voting, residents picked their top 12 proposals for projects they wanted to see in their neighborhoods. Following the results of the votes, City of Hayward's staff have met with project leads to implement their projects' vision in order to increase community connections across Hayward neighborhoods.

Read more about the voting process and project updates below.

Learn more about the voting process

Upcoming Events

June 10th

StackFest: Art, Community, Business. StackFest is a creative collective which promotes art, business, and community in Hayward. This is their first event of this community event series hosted at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd. Learn more at StackFest and on Instagram.

July 1st

Roller Skating Event at Weekes Park. Join Avanta Boot Labs for free roller skating and music including a live DJ and Brazilian Samba band! Roller skate rentals are available. More details to come.

July 8th

StackFest: Art, Community, Business. StackFest is a creative collective which promotes art, business, and community in Hayward. Join their second event of these community events hosted at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd. Learn more at StackFest and on Instagram.

Project Manager

Emily Hwang, Management Fellow, Office of the City Manager | | (510) 583-5304

Project Updates

Project details coming soon.

Through a grant match opportunity, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) is utilizing the People's Budget funds to design and implement a new play structure at Palma Ceia Park. November of 2022, HARD and the City of Hayward held a community outreach event to engage residents around Palma Ceia Park and gathered feedback on the initial draft for the new play structure. Over several community meetings, HARD will incorporate feedback to finalize the play structure's design by the end of Summer 2023 and construction should be completed by Summer 2024.

Street Food Bonanza will host an event in the Tennyson corridor to support local businesses and bring Hayward residents together. The project lead for this event will be working in partnership with Eden Youth and Family Center (EYFC) to put on this event in Summer 2023. More details about the event to come. 

Avanta Boot Labs, the project lead for Roller and Inline Skating Event project, finished production of their Hayward themed roller and inline skates in April 2023. Their Hayward themed skates will be donated to the community during a community skating event which will take place on July 1st from 2-5PM at Weekes Park. Their free roller skating and music event will include free roller skate rentals and live music including a DJ and a Brazilian Samba band! More details about the event to come. 

StackFest is a monthly festival that will promote live music from local artists, cuisine from local restaurants, and a shifting central theme that emphasizes social justice and/or cultural celebration. StackFest plans to host the first event of the series on Saturday, June 10th at Chabot College. Learn more at StackFest and on Instagram.

Project reFRESH is a resident-led 8-week summer camp program focused on the well-being and joy of teen girls ages 14-17. Project reFRESH is currently onboarding their Peer Mentors and received their applications for the camp which includes a camping trip in June.  

English and Math Tutoring for ESL Students kicked off at the end of September 2022 at Schafer Park Elementary. The project lead, El Puente Comunitario, originally expected around 70 students, but had an overwhelming interest with over 140 students seeking participation in their programming. Students attending the after-school program saw a jump in their grades and test scores and were more motivated to attend school thanks to El Puente Comunitario's great programming. While this People's Budget project was complete in mid-January of 2023, El Puente Comunitario secured future funding from HUSD to continue offering these vital services at Schafer Park Elementary! 

Project details coming soon.

Project details coming soon.

Project details coming soon.

August of 2022, Hazel Garden Community Connect hosted a world food competition along with a potluck and delicious barbeque for National Night Out. The neighborhood event brought together around 80 attendees to share food and conversation. The Hazel Garden Community Connect project will move forward in partnership with and the City of Hayward to make improvements to the park and upgrades that include setting up a community event kit and building a dog run area.

Sun Gallery and the Hayward Techies & Maker Club are making progress on the Makerspace at Sun Gallery’s Art Studio. The Makerspace will provide community access to DIY-focused technology such as 3D printers, laser cutters, LED electronics, and other tools to design and create art of all types. In addition to the Makerspace, this project is working to upgrade the outdoor courtyard into a café, stage area, and workshop.