Highline School District Gets $20,000 Grant To Improve Burien’s Moshier Field
Young athletes will have an additional practice field at Burien’s Moshier Park, thanks to a $20,000 matching grant from King County as well as contributions from the city, the school district, and the Burien Bearcats youth football program.
Currently, the field is covered with water for several months in the fall and spring. The grant will fund regrading of the field and installation of a drainage system that will make it playable all year.
The project was initiated by Highline School District Director of Athletics Terri McMahan, modeled after similar partnerships she brokered as Director of Athletics in Edmonds School District.
“When I realized the level of district use on Moshier’s practice field, specifically Highline High School’s football and soccer programs, coupled with the fact that the field was down for many months of the year and unavailable for community use, this project became my immediate mission,” McMahan said.
The improvements will turn what is now open space at Moshier Park into an ongoing practice field for school and community teams, as well as a competition field for younger athletes. The work will begin in late May 2012 and will take several weeks to complete.
McMahan plans to look for other opportunities for joint projects in the community.
“It is my hope that the partners can use this success as a springboard for larger projects in the years to come.”
Here’s some history of the park from the city’s website:
The “Highline Project” at Highline High School was promoted by Associated Clubs of South King County. Bill Moshier of Shorewood was active in this group and influential in developing the plan for the extensive array of ball fields. When Bill died suddenly, Moshier Field was named in his memory. Moshier served as a King County Commissioner in 1958, and was one of the initial members of Metro’s 15-member governing Council.
In 1962 King County established the first county arts center and year-round arts program at William Moshier Memorial Park. Between 1962 and 1972 the Center was redesigned to accommodate pottery and jewelry programs.
In 1968 King County voters approved Proposition 6, a Forward Thrust Parks and Recreation bond, which included $39,400 for facilities improvements at Moshier Park. The Moshier complex included three lighted softball/baseball fields, one lighted 90-foot softball/baseball field, two lighted football/soccer fields and public restroom.
Moshier Park was one of nine King County Parks in Burien that was transferred to the City in 1994.
To see some great historic photos of Moshier Field in action, click here.