Watson Park officially re-opened

After being closed for 7 years to clean up and contain contamination due to the site’s former use as a trash dump, Watson Park in San Jose’s Northside neighborhood was officially re-opened today. The Northside Neighborhood Association put on a fantastic opening ceremony to commemorate the event.

City Manager Debra Figone talked about her history growing up in the Northside, and her first job with the city, supervising kids in Parks & Rec programs at Watson Park. Other speakers included Councilman Sam Liccardo, City Public Works Manager Dave Sykes, and San Jose Parks Foundation Executive Director James Reber.

District 3 City Councilman Sam Liccardo presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Finally, the San Jose High Mariachi and Folklorico provided some tuneful and colorful entertainment.

And, even before the ceremony was over, the local kids were there to make sure the facilities were up to spec.

With new facilities including a pelletized-rubber artificial turf soccer field, dog park, basketball courts, and kids play areas, Watson is now one of the city’s premier parks. Future plans include bringing back garden plots to the park, and a link to the Coyote Creek bicycle trail.

I’m glad to see this neighborhood resource finally available again after a long effort to clean it up.

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