Mia’s Dream Come True Playground
RRM Design Group provided landscape architectural services to develop the design from concept to construction of a new inclusive playground, approximately one-acre in size. Mia Vasquez, the playground’s namesake, is a local girl with a rare disability, and the overall concept was conceived by her father, Daniel, to meet an unmet need within the District’s park system. The sketch above is RRM’s conceptual interpretation of Daniel’s vision. A variety of accessible play and sensory experiences are incorporated into a layout that replicates a map of the Hayward area. Geographic landmarks that are featured include the Bay and San Mateo Bridge, 880 Freeway, Skywest Airport, Fire Station No. 7, Sulphur Creek Nature Center, Eden Landing, Russell City, the water tower, and even the “Hayward-Loop.” Construction was completed in March of 2020.
“This is the most well thought out and amazing park I have been to. It is so rich and highly engaging, filled with imagination and opportunity.”
– Rachel Rodi, Rachel Rodi Mosaics (project partner)