Watson Park

Watson Park

Contact Friends of Watson Park.

Friends of Watson Park website

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 reopened on August 27, 2011.
It now includes:


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