Pagosa’s Yamaguchi Park Getting Better and Better!
Over the past several years the Town of Pagosa Springs developed a great park facility on what once was a derelict empty field. The park has grown with a full scale baseball park, two soccer fields, a popular skateboard facility and a nice roofed picnic and group meeting area. The park is bordered on the east side by the San Juan River.
During Pagosa Country’s early years the Yamaguchi family moved from Japan to work in this area. They had four sons and a daughter. The brothers, Ernest, Ralph, Fred and George grew up here and made many contributions including holding various offices and honoring themselves in military service. When the town developed the new park in far south Pagosa Springs it was named after the brothers. The daughter, Lucy, married Bill Cotton and their son, Darrell, served on Town Council for many years.
In 2013 the park received new trees and some of Pagosa’s elementary school students helped with the planting and Ernest, known as “Guchi”, came to help. The students helped by raising $217 with 120 first graders involved and it was called “Chores for Quarters.” It looks like Guchi was pleased with the work. Guchi, the last of the brothers, passed away sometime after this planting ceremony.