Name for William Hayward, who pitched a tent and opened a merchandise store in 1852, Hayward is a vibrant university town that blends lovely residential developments, flourishing commercial centers, and an abundance of premier recreational and cultural attractions. One of the attractions that is unique to Hayward is the Shoreline Interpretive Center and Japanese Garden. Throughout the town, residents can enjoy easy access to lush parks, sports centers, swim centers, tennis courts, an arts center, performance theaters, a rodeo arena, nature centers, and greenbelt hiking trails. Many of the programs and facilities are designed around the needs of children and families, from Kennedy Park with its petting zoo, carousel, and train rides to the educational programs available at the Sulfur Creek Nature Center. Downtown Hayward is the scene of the weekly Farmers Market, where shoppers can find the finest in fresh fruit and vegetables. The downtown district also hosts numerous festivals and celebrations like Blues and Brew or the Celebration of Nations. Restaurants can satisfy every taste, the local shopping is superb, bookstores are fascinating, and the 18-hole championship Skywest Golf Course is regarded as one of the finest in the East Bay. The intellectually and culturally stimulating influence of California State University ensures a full calendar of collegiate sports competition, performing arts, special events, and lectures.