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Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan
In 2019, the City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department worked with Verde Design to lead a community input process to develop the Department's Strategic Plan and park master plans for the City Plaza and Ramsay Park. A comprehensive community input process was used to create the 2020 Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan that identifies priorities for the Parks and Community Services Department for the next 5-10 years. The Strategic Plan serves as an action plan and update to the 2009 Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
Watsonville City Plaza Expansion and Revitalization Project
Through the planning process described above, a community driven Master Plan for the City Plaza has been created. The City received a $3.4 million Prop 68 Grant through the State of California's Department of Parks and Recreation to fund this project. Design work will begin soon, with construction beginning mid to late 2023. In the meantime, City staff are working towards installing a permanent restroom in the Plaza that will open mid-2022. Please use the following links to view more information on the project. For more information on this project, please contact Nick Calubaquib at email@example.com.
In the late night hours of Monday, July 8, 2019, the Watsonville Police Department responded to a fire at Muzzio Park. The Fire Department arrived to extinguish the fire that was caused by vandals who had placed wooden pallets under the Park’s playground structure and set them on fire. The fire was quickly brought under control and no other Park amenities were affected, however, the playground structure was completely destroyed.
The goal of this project is to increase community health and wellness by (1) replacing the well-used play structure that was destroyed and (2) increasing use and accessibility by expanding the size and footprint of the play area. Muzzio Park neighbors selected the playground design pictured here.
Within the Bay Breeze subdivision, the removed and replaced 59 street trees and repair adjacent sidewalk sections that are damaged. This work was needed to keep the neighborhood’s sidewalks safe and prevent further damage. All trees were replaced with an appropriate substitution and options include several climate-appropriate varieties (Frontier Elms and White-Flowering Crape Myrtles).
In 2019, the City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services and the Public Works and Utilities Departments completed Phase 1 of renovating the landscaping on the Bridge Street median islands. Phase I included the three median islands from Joyce Dr. to E. Bronte Ave. Starting in early February 2020, the city is commencing work on Phase II of the project which will encompass the median island from E. Bronte Ave. to Hushbeck Ave.
The intent of this project is to implement sustainable improvements that beautify the medians, while reducing water usage and maintenance costs. The project will eventually replace the grass at all five islands on Bridge Street with low-growing drought tolerant plants that will be irrigated by a low-volume subsurface irrigation system. Additionally, up to seventeen new trees will be added to the medians.
The City recently completed the final phase of this project in Winter 2021, with landscape renovations on the median island between Hushbeck Ave. and Beck St.