VERUTTI PARK RESTORATION INITIATIVE
The Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista is a service organization devoted to making a difference in the community. We provide the highest quality programs that benefit all residents in our city and surrounding areas.
We ask that you consider supporting our cause. This year our campaign's goal is $40K. Funds from the campaign will be used to complete Phase III of the Verutti Park Project.
San Juan Bautista is a small town nestled between Salinas, CA to the south and Gilroy, CA to the north and adjacent to U.S. 101. It is a town that is steeped in early California history for it first served Spain in the settling of California (the 24 CA missions are a testament to that and San Juan has the only three aisle mission which according to oral history, the mission was referred to as the queen of all the missions).
Later it served Mexico as the northern outposts and also was a political pawn when several malcontents with grandiosity schemes attempted to create a CA empire. As time passed it was a way-laid station for early miners headed north to dig for gold and additionally it was a hide-out of sorts for the Mexican bandido Tiburcio Vasquez, a colorful figure and for the Mexican community a Robin Hood type of character.
Presently, the town is consistently flooded with visitors and the local businesses cater to the needs of these weekend tourists. Recently there has been a considerable effort to enhance the ambiance of San Juan; liken it to Carmel. Without a doubt there are plenty of draws for tourists to visit the area, restaurants, wineries’ and antique stores.
Nevertheless San Juan community members have raised concerns over the priorities of services and in particular services for the children.
As such, the Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista, the City of San Juan Bautista, the local VFW, and community volunteers initiated the Verutti Park Renovation Project. The city owns and maintains the small community park situated on Second Street between San Jose and Jefferson Street. The park consists of 0.44 acres with a grass turf area, children’s playground equipment, picnic benches, tables and seating, six small barbecue grills, sidewalks, and landscaping. The playground equipment has a sand pit under it for cushioning. The park is used extensively on weekends, during holidays, and summer vacations by local community members. The park lacks a sanitary restroom facility and the sand in the playground area attracts dogs and cats when there is no playground activity.
The renovation project is the manifestation of the community’s vision that San Juan Bautista is their home aside from being a lovely and enticing tourist stop. The proposed playground improvements would be an investment in the future and serve as a beacon of community pride.
Extended funding is needed to complete Phase III.
The Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista will appreciate your donation to help ensure the completion of Phase III. As well Rotary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and therefore your donation is tax deductible.
Your donation will be acknowledged in several ways. Upon completion of the project, you will be publicly recognized at a City Council Meeting and an article listing all contributions will be published in the local paper.
If you wish to make a donation, mail your contribution (checks payable to Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista) to The Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista P.O. Box 823 San Juan Bautista, CA 95045.
For further information, please contact Sonora Vasquez: (831) 540-5321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you for your consideration of our request, and look forward to hearing from you.
Phase I: Completed
Phase II: Completed