Watsonville's main plaza on a sunny day.

Watsonville City Plaza in April 2023. (Tyler Maldonado — Santa Cruz Local)

Last updated: July 2023

Location: 350 Main St., Watsonville 

Summary: A proposal would redesign the plaza in Downtown Watsonville by constructing a permanent restroom structure, additional seating, new landscaping and improved lighting. The project also would repave and improve pedestrian walkways and roads. 

  • The project includes the restoration of plaza’s gazebo, bandstand, cannons and water fountain.
  • A permanent stage would be constructed for outdoor performances.

Status: The city received $3.4 million from a Proposition 68 grant to fund the project. It was in the design stage in July 2023, city leaders said.

Estimated construction start and end dates: Leaders hope to start construction in spring 2024, said Nick Calubaquib, director of Watsonville Parks and Community Services.

Developer: City leaders plan to put the project out to bid later in 2023, said Calubaquib.

Watsonville’s City Plaza master plan includes upgrades to the fountain, more seating and a rebuilt gazebo. (Verde Design)

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