February 12, 1922 - May 22, 2007
Douglas F. Morrisson, a graduate of San Jose State University, was a former high school teacher, independent business owner and Marine Corps veteran. He was first elected to the Board of Directors of the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District in November 1962. Since that date, he has been re-elected by the residents of the District to eleven additional four-year terms, and was in his 45th consecutive year as a member of the Board of Directors.
Over his decades of service, Mr. Morrisson has helped lead and initiate the growth and development of the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District and saw the creation of some of the finest park and recreation facilities, including community parks, swim centers, tot-lots, linear parks, community centers, athletic fields, senior centers and special interest facilities such as the Little Theatre, Adobe Art Center, Sulphur Creek Nature Center and Mission Hills of Hayward Golf Course for an increasingly diverse population. He honorably served the park and recreation field on a local, regional, state and national level and was widely known and highly respected throughout the State of California and the United States for his active interest in the field of parks and recreation.
Mr. Morrisson was a leader in the performing arts movement in the Hayward Area and Alameda County. A former Hayward High School Drama teacher, Mr. Morrisson backed the construction of the Chabot College auditorium in the late 1960's, was the entertainment director for the Alameda County Fair for over 25 years and was a major force behind the financing and construction of the Hayward Little Theater in 1978. In 2002, the Hayward Little Theater was renamed in his honor to the Douglas F. Morrisson Theatre.
In addition to his outstanding service, Mr. Morrisson was instrumental in the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District receiving over 100 regional, state, and national park and recreation awards. He committed over forty-five years of service to the residents of the District and was truly an outstanding, knowledgeable, and dedicated force. Mr. Morrisson was committed beyond recognition to the park, recreation and leisure services movement and to the preservation and protection of our environment. He unselfishly contributed to the well being and quality of life in Hayward. The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District is what it is today due in part to his many years of dedicated service.