Mayor's Update

Dear Residents,

The City of Watsonville strives to provide excellent customer service. We are committed to providing programs and services that will create a safe, healthy and environmentally friendly community.

Here is a short list of the many exciting things happening in Watsonville:

Help us Redefine Your Parks:  Join us in designing the future of these important park sites! These project specific workshops will focus on the plans for the City Plaza and Ramsay Park separately. Both workshops will also focus on the Strategic Plan. Childcare and Spanish translation available.

  • City Plaza/Strategic Plan - Wednesday, March 27, 6-8p at Civic Plaza Community Room (275 Main St., 4th Floor). Workshop Flyers: English / Spanish
  • Ramsay Park/Strategic Plan - Wednesday, April 10, 6-8p at Ramsay Park Family Center (1301 Main St.). Workshop Flyers: English / Spanish
For more information on these projects and our Parks and Community Services Strategic Plan, please visit our website.

Do You Know Edith (Exit Drills in the Home):  EDITH can help you and your family prepare for an emergency. Most everyone one has done a fire drill at school or work and they know where the exits are, where to go, and what to do in an emergency. But do you know how to escape from your home during a fire? Most home fires occur at night when people are the least prepared. Visit our website at for tips on designing your families escape plan. If you plan and prepare, when an emergency strikes, it will not be as scary because you will know what to do. For questions or concerns, please contact our Fire Prevention office at 768-3200.

Wine, Beer and Art Walk: The City of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture are pleased to partner together to present our 2nd Annual Wine, Beer and Art walk on Saturday, May 11th from 1-5 pm. The early bird ticket price is $30. Event goers will receive a wine glass, a tote bag and passport book featuring all downtown locations for one tasting at each site. 18 locations in all. Get your tickets today on Eventbrite at:

Adult Sports – Spring 2019: Registration is now open for the following adult sports: co-ed dodgeball; men’s softball; co-ed softball. Visit our website at or call 768-3240 for more information.

Recreational Youth Soccer: Registration is now open for our youth soccer league. Geared towards youth ages 5 - 12 years of age, the spirit of the game is emphasized over competition. League begins April 6th. Visit to register or call 831-768-3240.

Yard Waste News:  FREE yard waste collection services are available. Order your bin today! Call our Customer Service department, at 768-3133 for more information.

Compost Bins Now Available: Learn how to recycle your food scraps. We offer a free workshop every Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm at the Nature Center (behind Ramsay Park) located at 30 Harkins Slough Road. Please note that bins are for residents with garbage service only.

Do You Need a Reading Buddy?  Come to the Library for fun reading time with reading mentors. Students meet with their reading buddies once a week for six weeks to improve their literacy skills. For students in 1st through 5th grades.

  • Thursdays, Now - March 28th from 4:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Main Library Meeting Room

I love to hear from our community, so please feel free to email me directly at:


Francisco “Paco” Estrada, Mayor

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