Coffman Cove Ball Field
By Jennifer Bunch
December 17, 2007
I lived on the Prince of Wales Island for many years. I can say
that Coffman Cove has had a grass field for many, many years.
I believe it was originally completed when Howard Valentine Logging
Camp was still in operation. To the best of my knowledge the
field was built by locals and volunteers from the community helped
maintain it for years.
The field there is now used as a place of gathering for community
activities such as Easter Egg Hunts, 4th of July Community Potlucks
and various activities relating to the 4th of July, and of course
fireworks are observed from the nice green grass while the locals
sit and watch the display with their families and friends.
There are many days during the year where the local community
members can be observed running through the field with their
children and having picnics. The school is next door to the ballfield
and is able to utilize it for activities. The best part is that
the community as a whole still assist in keeping it clean, although
the City of Coffman Cove now has a groundskeeper to do some of
If I remember right, it was cheaper to make sure the field was
insured than to insure the new outdoor basketball court they
build in 2003. The ballfield in Coffman Cove is fairly cheap
to maintain and is a huge asset to a community like Coffman Cove
with little else for the children, teens, young adults, and families
who reside there to do.
The City of Craig and the City of Thorne Bay also have outdoor,
grassy ballfields. Thorne Bay utilized their field for the Prince
of Wales Logging Fair.
About: " Former Coffman
Cove City Clerk, Ketchikan resident for 5 years"
Received December 14, 2007
- Published December 17, 2007
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