No doubt, Fort Dent Park is tucked away, with broad green fields that make it easy to envision its past as early day farmlands in Tukwila.
Read about Fort Dent’s past in this month’s Tukwila’s Story on page 4.
Today, its present literally reveals itself as you drive across a bridge with a distinct rise over the Green River. There’s a hint of what’s beyond when you read that the Seattle Sounders are welcoming you.
Beyond is the Starfire Sports complex, where you can learn to play soccer and watch the pinnacle of the Seattle soccer community, the Seattle Sounders and the Sounders 2, the Sounder’s development team – and Tukwila’s hometown team.
What I like about Fort Dent and Starfire is that the largest soccer complex in the Northwest is the result of creative thinking by the City of Tukwila and the founders of Starfire.
Fort Dent Park landed in Tukwila’s hands when King County decades ago started to jettison parks and swimming pools it could no longer afford to operate and maintain.
Tukwila and Starfire worked together to reach a partnership that brought to the city a major Seattle sports team, a major soccer training program and a close-up view of aspiring professional players.
And let’s not forget to mention it’s a great venue for the community’s Fourth of July celebration.
I had a great time talking with an S2 player, the coach and members of the front office for this month’s cover story. The team from top to bottom has a real commitment to their sport and player development (obviously) but they’re also thinking about the fans’ experiences and what it can do for the Tukwila community.
To me that’s community involvement at its best.
Tukwila has another chance to grab a major sports facility, one that could hold a National Hockey League team. The promoters of the expansion team have filed their application for an arena that’s just starting to work its way through Tukwila’s permitting process.
Foster’s 100th graduation
What a celebration last month for Foster High School’s Centennial graduation – and such a huge crowd.
I am always in awe at Foster’s commencement, seeing the faces of the families of grads who make up the city’s rich diversity. And, who can’t help but smile at the joyous expressions on the graduates’ faces as they walk into the stadium.
If you need a sign of success – not only of the students’ but also of the Tukwila School District’s – just think of the 190 or so students who worked hard, often under difficult family situations, to earn a high school diploma.
Congratulations to all of them.
Tukwila is growing up
Drive by the corner of South 144th Street and Tukwila International Boulevard and you’ll see big piles of dirt. It’s hard to miss that Tukwila Village is becoming reality. And, soon, work will begin on the new King County Library branch for Tukwila.
And something else off the ground is the Washington Place tower in Southcenter. Talk about growing up; when done it’s going to soar 19 stories into the sky. This one is going to be fun to watch, a tower like no other between Seattle and Tacoma.