The entire community is invited to celebrate the dedication of Moshier Park Field at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6
“Highline School District and the City of Burien partnered to create a safe, functional practice field at Moshier Park that can be used by school and community teams for years to come,” reads an announcement.
Poor drainage kept the field covered with water and unusable for several months each year. A new drainage system was designed and installed, and the field was hydro-seeded.
Half of the cost of the $40,000 project was funded by Highline Public Schools and the City of Burien, and the King County Parks and Recreation Youth Sports Facilities Grant Program awarded a $20,000 matching grant.
WHAT: Dedication of upgrades to Moshier Park Field.
WHO: Highline students, including football players, will join leaders from Highline Public Schools, the City of Burien and King County Parks and Recreation Division. All community members are welcome.
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 6, 1:00 p.m.
INFO: 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.