A dear friend to many in Gig Harbor passed away in December of 2020. Doug Kanouse’s charismatic personality was compelling and treasured by all; his smile was sincere and his laughter infectious. Doug’s passing at the young age of 26 truly is a tragedy for all of his loved ones, both friends and family alike.
Fortunately, the City of Gig Harbor’s Parks and Recreation division is allowing us to construct a permanent memorial to Doug at Crescent Creek Park (commonly referred to as the “City Park”). The city would be grateful as well, as they recommended we put in a drinking fountain system with a bottle filler that they have been eyeing for the facilities there. This is good news to anyone who’s used the drinking fountains at this frequently used park, as they could use an update.
Doug would be thrilled knowing we want to do this. He was a terrific athlete, excelling in baseball and football from a young age. You could find Doug and his friends playing pick up games of basketball at the City Park all summer long, until the sun went down or it was time to cool off by the water. I know I’ve heard him complain about the drinking fountains once or twice.
The Parks and Recreation department has quoted us roughly $5000 for the brand new drinking fountain. A photo of a similar model is attached. If you would like to use one, there is the same model installed at Eddon Boat Park in downtown Gig Harbor. If our initial goal is not met, Parks and Recreation has also given us the opportunity to install a bench in his name at one of the ballparks in town. It’s a good thing Doug used to boast that he “played on every baseball diamond from Vancouver, WA to Vancouver, BC”.
We understand that 2020 has been rough, and we are just now leaving the holiday season. We ask that you give what you feel is right, or whatever you can. If you cannot afford to donate money, please remember that it costs nothing to share! Memorializing Doug’s name will help bring closure to many grieving souls. Thank you for your time in reading this, and let’s all have a better 2021.
- Travis Dahl
- Penny Goddard
- Thomas Rhodes
- Matthew Barrow
- Kyle Gallagher
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