New park planned as tribute to Bloomquist

A park named in honor of Port Orchard resident Bill Bloomquist is in the planning stages and will be discussed at a meeting of the Public Property Committee on Feb. 15.

“I think we wait too long to honor people,” said Port Orchard Rotary President Wayne Cohen, who is leading the project with his organization. “I’d like to see us do more of this when people are still around, and we can show our appreciation to them more directly.”

Bloomquist was a Port Orchard dentist for many years, and a renowned local baseball coach.

His son Willie is in the Major Leagues, formerly with the Seattle Mariners and most recently with the Kansas City Royals.

The elder Bloomquist retired in 2001 when he was involved in a serious car accident.

He has been disabled ever since.

To honor Bloomquist, the Rotary and the city of Port Orchard hope to designate a section of Central Park as a “pea patch” garden that will be accessible to all residents.

If possible it could include a small statue, perhaps of a ballplayer, according to City Councilman Fred Olin.

Cohen said the landscaped area will be about 150 feet by 45 feet, sectioned in an undetermined section of the 1.34 acre park.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the park, which is situated between DeKalb Street and Dwight Street west of Seattle Street in downtown Port Orchard. The meeting is scheduled on a holiday in order to encourage participation by people who work on weekdays, according to Olin.

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