This impressive 250-seat theater is owned and run by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, as are the beautifully kept Japanese Gardens and the Hayward Senior Center next door. The theater runs a full season of community theater every year, as well as three concerts by its own community chorus. It rents props and costumes from its 8,000-item stock to local schools and community groups. Volunteers are welcomed for all aspects of production. Partly because of the adjacent senior center, there is great disabled access with lots of designated parking. The woodsy and scenic setting is at the confluence of Castro Valley and San Lorenzo creeks. Vehicle access is via North 3rd St. (off A Street); there's also a pedestrian bridge over Castro Valley Creek from Centennial Hall in Hayward.