Great Turnout for Earth Day/Day of the Child 2013


Thousands of people celebrated Earth Day/Day of the Child at Ramsay Park on Sunday, April 21 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The weather was beautiful and there was plenty of things to do and learn at the event.

The City of Watsonville’s Public Works & Utilities and Parks & Community Services Department offered this FREE and fun event to the community. So not only was it free, but it was also educational. Over 30 organizations took part by staffing booths that provided information regarding the services offered by their organization.

The following organizations participated at the event:

  • PAL (Police Athletic League)
  • Watsonville Wetlands Watch
  • Janus of Santa Cruz
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
  • Watsonville Nature Center
  • El Jardin Bilingual Cooperative Preschool
  • Save Our Shores
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium WATCH Program
  • Assemblymember Luis Alejo
  • Catholic Charities
  • Department Pesticide Regulation
  • Mariposa Art
  • Healthcare Outreach Coalition
  • Population Connection
  • Ecology Action
  • Women’s Crisis Support Defensa de Mujeres
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation’
  • CASA of Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz County Public Health Department
  • Network for a Healthy California
  • Save our Shores
  • Salud Para la Gente
  • Santa Cruz Co. Office of Ed. CDRC Child Care Switchboard
  • Si Se Puede
  • Migrant Seasonal Head Start
  • People Power
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Wallgreens
  • Parks & Community Services
  • Neighborhood Services
  • Environmental Education
  • Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop
A lot of great information was shared to those attending the event. Watsonville Police Athletic League provided information on how youth can get involved with the local police. The Police Cadets were also there volunteering their time and helping out during the event. Dentical gave out free toothbrushes, while the City’s Public Works & Utilities’ staff manning the “Tap Water” booth gave away reusable water bottles!  All they needed to do was taste the tap water, let us know what they thought about the water and then make a pledge to conserve water, try drinking the tap water or how to take better care of our Earth !

Entertainment was also provided during the event. Performers included the Parks & Community Services’ Youth Gymnastics Program,the  Zumba Class, the Earth Day Parade, PAL Taekwondo Team, and to finish up the day’s entertainment was the White Hawk Dancers!

This year, Dee Dee’s Dili-Ishis & Taqueria provided food for those wanting to purchase tacos, burritos, nachos, ice cream, horchata or Jamaica drinks!
They also raffled 2 bicycles in which the winners were Albert Borquez, 7, and Erandi Ramirez, 7. What a great way for these two youngsters to end the event!

Overall, both adults and kids had a great time whether it was visiting the many booths with great information and resources or by trying all the activity stations manned by staff from the Parks & Community Services Department.

We LOVE Watsonville Tap Water is the latest campaign. Yes, Watsonville’s tap water is safe to drink.  Don’t like the taste?  Then simply add some lemon or pour the water into a pitcher and let it sit for about an hour so that any unwanted taste has a chance to escape!  You can also purchase a filter, but is not necessary.

We will see you next year and don’t forget “Make Every Day Earth Day!”

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