Friendship Park Update

After 25 years of laying around in the grass, the Friendship Park "Dream Team" rides again. L-R: Karl Schoen, Tim Poehlmann, Tom Rawlins, Richard Barham, John Wetzler. (Paul Katzeff photo.)

After 25 years of laying around in the grass, the Friendship Park “Dream Team” rides again. L-R: Karl Schoen, Tim Poehlmann, Tom Rawlins, Richard Barham, John Wetzler. (Paul Katzeff photo.)

In 1988 we began to meet to talk about building a baseball field. The first year we met every Tuesday morning at 7:30 am for breakfast at Udo’s Main Street Deli. In 1990 we moved over to the Little River Inn, having our breakfast in the little room off the main dining area. That is where we met on Friday Morning, basically 25 years to the month from our first sit down breakfast.

The discussion was far ranging , from the loss of Baseball to the need for Coaches Clinics that would be held at the Center. We discussed the need or potential to re-purpose the field , making it more other sport friendly. We discussed the need for a long term plan for sustaining the park. Water issues were discussed.

The team was tasked with producing an assessment of the situation and a plan for restoration. Mid-April was given as the deadline . I asked them to make a presentation to the board at the time of the plan’s completion.

I believe we have the “Dream Team” as discussed in the original proposal to MUSD. Each of these men started their involvement when their family was young and children in elementary school . Today, only Tim has a child still in school. From crowded homes with lots of school chatter to empty nests in the span of time it took to build Friendship Park and have it ready 20 years later to be restored. These men still have Friendship Park in their hearts.

Paul Katzeff, March 2013