Highline School District Gets $20,000 Grant To Improve Burien’s Moshier Field


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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:

King County Parks Department superintendent George Wyse at Moshier Park dedication, circa 1955. Photo courtesy King County Archives.

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.

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8 Responses to “Highline School District Gets $20,000 Grant To Improve Burien’s Moshier Field”
  1. Jennifer says:

    This is great to hear. But Mole Hills are a big problem at Mosier…It would be amazing if we could get fields like valley Ridge in Seatac.

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    • elizabeth2 says:

      I think in today’s economy, we should be more than grateful that we have a facility like this (mole hills and all) and that it remains open.

      I think the facilities of Valley Ridge (synthetic turf baseball/soccer/softball fields, tennis courts, community center, skate park, playground equipment, hockey court, basketball courts) are more of an expense than Burien will ever be able to manage.

      Maybe once Burien is done all the annexing and raking in all the money it will get from that and the auto mall, they could afford it!

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      • Jennifer says:

        Agreed that we have to use money wisely however; mosier fields are not safe to play on so it would be a wise investment. Many orginizations pay money to use the fields and are nbegining to choose not to use them because of the deteriation of the fields. To me that would be a lack of income. I am just saying that if they are going to go through this process they should considering a solution that would be more long lasting. In addition I would guess orginizations such as West Highline Scoccer, The lacross orginization would partner in this endeavor.

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  2. PAT says:

    To Elizabeth2, are you not aware that the Highline School District is a total separate entity from the City of Burien, with their own Budget, & Levies that they have to put on a Ballot to get extra funds, above what they receive from our property tax dollars ? Did you
    vote in the recent Election and notice candidates for the School Board were totally separate from the candidates for City Council ?

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    • Ian Gunsul says:

      That would require paying attention and actually reading through a whole article/document.

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      • elizabeth2 says:

        A quote directly from the article above….

        “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.”

        The article above mentions that the Highline School District is one of the groups providing funding for Moshier Field and that the grant is in response to the Highline School District looking for upgrade to the field when they use it for athletics – it is NOT OWNED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

        Apologies accepted from all those above who made statements regarding MY ability to read and vote.

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  3. I am a fan of this project because it shows our various local government and private entities working together to providen a good and needed service to its citizens. The school district took the lead on this project and committed to provide matching funds for the grant from King County.

    I am hopeful that next year I won’t be standing in ankle deep mud for practice! It’s definitely a safety issue as we had several of our kids roll ankles when it got sloppy muddy out there.

    Joey Martinez

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