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DEADLINE is 4/22: Registration for U10 and U13 Baseball City Leagues is now open!
Parks & Recreation: Youth baseball programs are looking for players. Sign up soon so you don't miss out Starting April 1, 2015 you may register.

U10 and U13 programs are co-ed. Games are scheduled weeknights from the beginning of JUne through the end of Jul. FREE to city residents, $15 for non-city residents.

600 Wm T Field Dr

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4/24 is our 18th Annual Arbor Day Celebration
11:30 a.m. in Clinton Park
intersection of Holcomb St. & S. Massey St.) Join members of Tree Watertown as we plant a London Planetree in honor of the late Betty Waterbury

Parking available at the Emma Flower Taylor Fire Station) Please read on....

Adult Softball Registrations are open
Men's, Co-Ed and Sunday Softball.
Registration Fee: $250 Regustration for City of Watertown Parks & recreation Adult Softball Leagues now Open. Contact 315-785-7763 for more information. Now includes Umpire Fees. A completed roster must be submitted. registration closes 5/15/15
U6 and U8 Baseball
T-Ball abd Coach Pitch Registration April 27 2015 - May 15, 2015 Watertown Parks & Recreation Dept
600 Wm T Field Dr
Watertown, NY
HURRY! and sign up online - quick and easy registration. [Additional info...]
Fire at 535 Pearl Street
At 23:17 hours on Tuesday, April 14th, City fire units were dispatched to the 500 block of Pearl Street for a reported smoke condition Upon arrival, crews found smoke coming from the basement of 535-537 Pearl Street. The two family dwelling is owned by Donna Hodkinson of Pinellas Park, FL and only the 535 portion of the residence was occupied by a Henry Carter, who was not at home when the fire was reported.

Fire crews conducted a primary search of both residential units and started fire extinguishment, Due to the age of the building, fire was able to extend to the attic portion of the residence through void spaces and firefighters were hampered by the fact that a large portion of the kitchen floor was consumed by fire, creating a large hole.

There were no injuries reported, and assistance at the scene was supplied by the Watertown Fire Department, Fort Drum, Fort Drum Fire Department, Guilfoyle Ambulance Service and the City’s Department of Public Works.

At the time of this release, the area of fire origin has been identified as the kitchen area of the 535 side of the dwelling, however the cause is currently listed as being undetermined.

City of Watertown Fire Department
Dale C Herman, Fire Chief

138 Court Street Open House
The City of Watertown is accepting proposals for the purchase and renovation of a city owned building at 138 Court Street, formerly known as the Berow & Monroe Building. The proposals must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015. The building will be open for viewing by interested parties and the news media on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Parks & Rec looking for Seasonal Workers
The City of Watertown Parks and Recreation is hiring qualified lifeguards and laborers to join our team for the summer 2015 season. More... If you are interested in applying to work with the Parks and Recreation Department, please contact us at 315-785-7775. Applications can be found on our website (see link)
OR at the Municipal Ice Arena, Parks and Recreation Office at 600 Wm T Field Dr, Watertown NY Application Forms
Fire Services Operation & Data Analysis
Fire Services Operations and Data Analysis Watertown, New York March 2015 is now available for viewing.... Click to Open Document
Councilwoman Burns Thoughts on the Arena
Councilwoman Roxanne Burns today issued a statement regarding planned improvements to the Watertown Arena. Burns stated “I do not believe that the Arena is being thought of in the context of what it is – namely, an asset. Our greatest asset is our wonderful residents.

Additionally, we are fortunate to have several major physical assets within the City – the first being Flower Memorial Library, followed by Thompson Park and the Arena. Together, they help define what makes this a special place to live. They help give the City its soul and vitality, something that can’t be found in big box shopping plazas.”

Burns noted that over the years, significant investments have been made in both the library and park, yet the Arena has lagged behind. She stated “This is a once in a generation opportunity, and if we are going to make the improvements, we should do it right.

To come back at some future time to complete the task will be more expensive. We have one of only a handful of multi-purpose public venues between Syracuse and Canada, and the people of the North County deserve a quality, functioning facility.”

Burns is also proposing a different way to manage and market the facility. She stated “The Arena is a regional facility which happens to be in the City. I recommend that we enter into discussions with neighboring Towns who benefit from the Arena to explore avenues whereby other municipalities can help us maximize this asset.

A renovated Arena needs to be marketed as a regional facility, and we need to bring in someone with that background. Our Parks and Recreation Department does an excellent job for the residents, but this is a completely different ball of wax. We need to think bigger.”

Volunteers for Youth Baseball Needed
The City of Watertown Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteer coaches to give back to the awesome community we live in! If interested, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 785-7775. We look forward to hearing from you