Contact Friends of Watson Park.
Watson Park, bordering Coyote Creek east of 21st Street between Jackson and Empire
Streets, was created from undeveloped land in 1966. In June of the following year,
NNA volunteers "foliated" the park by planting hundreds of trees in a dozen varieties.
According to a June 14, 1967 article in the North San Jose Sun, "The park
heretofore had turf, but not too much else."
On January 26, 1997, Watson Park sustained heavy flooding, and Watson Community
Center was temporarily rendered uninhabitable. All of the files, photos, records,
newsletters and other archives at the center were lost in the flood. Northsider
residents responded to the flooding by "offer[ing] supplies, equipment, monetary resources, their time, and much more," according
to Carolyn Johnson of the City's Parks and Recreation Department in the Spring
1997 issue of the Northside newsletter.
In 1999, Watson Park obtained a new playground with additional swings and an exercise area. NNA, and especially former NNA board member Tammy Wheeler, were instrumental in obtaining the new playground, along with assistance from the Empire Gardens PTA, the San Jose Unified School District, the City of San Jose, and the office of former councilmember David Pandori.
Watson Park Community Center is located at 550 N. 22nd St. Telephone Brian Clampitt at (408)280-7355 for information about programs at Watson Park.
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