Ramsay Park Renaissance Project
Park Master 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 Ramsay Park Master Plan (also pictured above) was developed through this process.
Current Design Process
The Ramsay Park Renaissance is well under way! Thanks to a $7 million allocation from the State of California, via Assembly Member Robert Rivas, $7 million from the City's American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, $7 million from the City's General Fund and additional grant funding, design and construction of most the elements in the Master Plan are now fully funded. In total, $23 million will be invested in our community's largest park and greatest recreational resource.
The City of Watsonville is currently working with Verde Design, Inc. on the design of the:
- Soccer Field
- Multi Use Field
- All Inclusive Playground
- Exploration Center (Nature Center)
- Dog Park
- Picnic Areas
- Supporting Amenities, such as trails, parking lots and more.
Opportunities for Community Input
Complete our survey through November 30 and tell us what you would like to see in the design!
We need your input on the design of these elements! We invite you to participate in any and all of the following opportunities:
|Date and Time||Location||Meeting|
|November 16, 2021, 6-7:30p||Zoom||Community Input Meeting|
Power Point Presentation
Meeting Recording (Passcode: HOK7YD0&)
|December 6, 2021, 6:30p||City Council Chambers||Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting|
|December 14, 2021||City Council Chambers||City Council Meeting|
Please continue to check this site to learn about opportunities to provide your input on the design of these elements.
We anticipate that construction for this project will begin in mid 2023.
Watsonville Slough Connector Trail Project
The Watsonville Slough Connector Trail Project at Ramsay Park will establish and enhance urban trails within the park, resulting in improved non-motorized pathways through the park and to surrounding destinations in the community. The project will construct a connector trail between Main St. and Harkins Slough Road, construct new accessible pathways within the park that connect to the slough trail, and mitigate urban heat island effects by planting trees. Other features of the project include habitat restoration and trail enhancement in Watsonville Slough next to the park, improved storm water retention areas within the park, interpretive signage, crosswalk / pedestrian improvements on Harkins Slough Road and the establishment of buffered bike lanes on Harkins Slough between Green Valley Rd and Ford St. This project is funded through a grant from the California Natural Resources Agency, Community Development Block Grant and the City of Watsonville.
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