SPORTS: Highline Bears win big in second-season opener at Steve Cox Park

May 29th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Sports, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news No Comments »

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By Randall Hauk
Reporting for White Center Now & West Seattle Blog

The semi-pro Highline Bears baseball team launched its second season at Steve Cox Memorial Park in grand fashion Saturday night, downing the Langley Blaze 10-0 to give manager Rich Lindros a big win in his debut.

Starting pitcher Al Miller needed just seven innings to collect his complete-game shutout, thanks to the efficient Bears offense which used just three hits to generate enough runs to trigger an early end to the game via the “mercy rule.” Miller also surrendered only three hits on the evening, striking out two.

After Blaze starter Brandon Marklund loaded the bases in the fourth inning by hitting three Bears batters, second baseman Connor Jones delivered a two-out single to score Cameron Slader and Colton Kelly.

Marklund’s control struggles continued in the fifth inning, when he again loaded the bases without giving up a hit, this time walking first baseman Angel Valencia before hitting the next two batters. The Bears would pounce on the opportunity, plating six runs in the frame despite a Parker Coffey single being the only hit the home team would produce.

The Bears finished things in the seventh, again taking advantage of Langley pitching issues. After Ben Fitzhugh and Connor Jones each drew walks, third baseman Drew Larea doubled down the right-field line to make it 9-0. Myles Wesner grounded to second, but Ben Foerster’s throw to the plate could not prevent Jones from scoring a game-ending run.

Following the game, children in attendance were invited to run around the bases while Bears players lined the infield offering high-fives to their young fans, who then proceeded to collect autographs from their heroes in blue.

The two teams will meet again today (Sunday, May 29) at Steve Cox (1321 SW 102nd) for a doubleheader beginning at noon. Tickets are $5; kids under 12 get in free.

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VIDEO: Rescued birds go free after White Center pond oil cleanup

November 18th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Environment, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on VIDEO: Rescued birds go free after White Center pond oil cleanup

In our video, you see post-cleanup freedom for 13 of the birds captured at the oil-contaminated White Center stormwater-retention pond. A team from PAWS brought them back to the area and joined state and county reps in opening the carriers and watching them go free. We first reported on the pond problem a week and a half ago; last Friday, the state announced that a WC food-manufacturing business, La Mexicana, had taken responsibility. They say the pond is now clean enough for the birds to return to it safely, but they were released Wednesday morning across the street at Steve Cox Memorial Park. As you can see in the video, all 13 brought back by PAWS were mallards; crews have captured 78 in all, a mix of mallards and Canada geese. Four birds did not survive, including two that were euthanized, according to the state Ecology Department.

Ecology spokesperson Larry Altose says oil-recovery efforts wrapped up at the pond Tuesday, as contractor National Response Corporation removed the last cleanup materials. NRC’s subcontractor Focus Wildlife captured the oiled birds and, Altose says, “housed and treated the birds at the Progressive Animal Welfare Society Wildlife Center in Lynnwood,” where, he adds, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife “supplied a bird rescue trailer to provide extra space for the effort.”

Of the 61 birds still in treatment after Wednesday’s release, he adds, 27 are mallards and 34 are geese. All four of the birds that died were mallards. A WDFW spokesperson confirmed that this is the largest bird-rescuing operation in our state in some time, in terms of spill recovery.

Meantime, as for the birds in the first release …

… we last saw them taking a few test flights around the field. If you see oiled or distressed birds, WDFW asks, call 800-22-BIRDS, but don’t “approach or handle the wildlife,” the state asks, adding that “WDFW asks dog and cat owners in the area to keep their pets under control, as oiled birds are less able to escape from animal attacks.”

P.S. In addition to reporting to the state, the federal EPA also tells us they are interested in information about environmental violations – here’s how to report them. (You can also call the local office directly at 206-553-8306.)

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TONIGHT: Richard Hugo tribute @ White Center Fieldhouse

October 11th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Arts, history, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on TONIGHT: Richard Hugo tribute @ White Center Fieldhouse

Happening tonight – and it’s free! The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is presenting a concert and film, “Some Places Are Forever Afternoon: A Tribute in Music, Words, and Film to White Center’s Richard Hugo,” starting at 6 pm inside the historic White Center Fieldhouse at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd). Everyone gets in at no charge thanks to funding by 4Culture; the concert features pianist/composer Wayne Horvitz (who’s in the video invitation above), who released a Hugo-tribute CD in July. The event also will show “Kicking the Loose Gravel Home,” an hour-long 1976 film about Hugo, who was just 58 when he died in 1982. Everyone’s welcome!

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TONIGHT: Movie Under the Stars, en Español, at Steve Cox Memorial Park

August 22nd, 2015 Tracy Posted in Fun, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on TONIGHT: Movie Under the Stars, en Español, at Steve Cox Memorial Park

Tonight’s the night!

King County’s full announcement with details:

Grab your blanket, low-backed chairs, and your friends and family and take in “Película Bajo las Estrellas” or “Movie Under the Stars,” at King County’s Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 22. The event will open at 6 p.m., with the movie starting about 8:30 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your own seating.

King County, with support from White Center Community Development Association will screen the popular comedy “El Padrecito.” Similar to the popular outdoor movie series King County Parks hosts at Marymoor Park, this fun, family-friendly outdoor movie event will also include live entertainment and food trucks.

“Our outdoor movie nights at Marymoor are extremely popular, so we decided to broaden the opportunity for this fun experience to more of our community,’” said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown.

While there is no cost to attend, a food donation to the White Center Food Bank is suggested.

The movie will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles, and offers a chance for King County and community partners to share information with Spanish speaking residents about the programs and services available to them.

Steve Cox Memorial Park is at 1321 SW 102nd St in White Center.

Entertainment is provided by Los Relucientes del Norte and Seattle’s Mexican Folk Dance Group the Joyas Mestizas. Food trucks include: The Mayas Restaurant and Fiesta Time Catering Mobile Mayan food truck.

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‘Pianos in the Parks’ to include Steve Cox Memorial Park again this year

July 16th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Arts, Music, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on ‘Pianos in the Parks’ to include Steve Cox Memorial Park again this year

(ADDED: Piano you’ll see at Steve Cox Park; photo courtesy PitP)

Just announced: Where you’ll find “Pianos in the Parks” around the region this summer. Twenty-two of the “one-of-a-kind, artist-designed upright and grand pianos” are on their way to parks in Western Washington, including one at White Center’s Steve Cox Memorial Park. Once the pianos get to their destinations (starting later today), they’re available for free public use through August 16th; then they’ll be auctioned. Bidding will start soon at pianosintheparks.com; that’s also where you will be able to enter a contest by making a video of yourself and/or your band performing with one of the pianos – if you make one with the Steve Cox Park piano, let us know!

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White Center scene: Autumn colors at Steve Cox Park

October 27th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Steve Cox Memorial Park, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on White Center scene: Autumn colors at Steve Cox Park

Thanks to Gill for the colorful view! (Read all about the park here.)

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Steve Cox Memorial Park gets a piano – for a while

July 17th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Parks, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news 1 Comment »

(The Steve Cox Park piano – photo courtesy Pianos in the Parks)
If you weren’t already planning to spend part of your summer at county parks – a public/private-partnership plan announced today involving King County and Seattle public parks is meant to give you a reason to visit. It’s called Pianos in the Parks, and it’s placed 20 donated and decorated pianos in 20 King County and Seattle parks, for the next month. The parks, listed here, include Steve Cox Memorial Park here in White Center. Since it’s a sizable park, we asked a Pianos in the Parks spokesperson where to find it. She replied, “The Steve Cox piano is roughly in the middle of the park by the picnic huts and the playground.” (Above, that’s the Steve Cox Memorial Park piano, decorated by artist Camille Coonrod, before it was placed in the park.) Yes, the pianos are playable; you can even record yourself playing one and enter a contest. The pianos also are being auctioned off; you can bid on any or all of them online by clicking any individual park photo here to see its piano.

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Reminder: Fieldhouse celebration this afternoon

September 14th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Parks, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on Reminder: Fieldhouse celebration this afternoon

Just one last reminder – 2-5 pm today, with a program at 3:30 pm, you can help celebrate the 75th anniversary of King County Parks with a party at the historic fieldhouse at Steve Cox Memorial Park – here’s our original report on the announcement.

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White Center Jubilee Days 2013: Carnival starts Wednesday

July 15th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Jubilee Days 2013: Carnival starts Wednesday

The White Center Jubilee Days carnival starts Wednesday at Steve Cox Memorial Park, and by midday today, the Davis Shows Northwest trucks were there, with some of the festive, brightly colored ride components in view.

The carnival opens at 3 pm Wednesday (July 17) – lots of info here. And Wednesday night brings the Jubilee Days fireworks show at dusk, also at Steve Cox Park.

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Signups in White Center today for Southwest Little League

February 9th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Sports, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on Signups in White Center today for Southwest Little League

Youth-sports signup season continues with an event today for Southwest Little League, whose area stretches southward from SW Juneau in West Seattle to 128th, and westward from 1st Avenue S. From 11 am to 1 pm in the Log Cabin at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center (15th/102nd), they’ll sign up prospective players in person – so if you live within the aforementioned area, bring your child’s birth certificate, three proofs of residency, and the registration fee. Check out the residency requirements, fee details and more on the SWLL website.

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Video: Dedication celebration for Steve Cox Memorial Park tennis-court renovation

September 20th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Parks, Sports, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on Video: Dedication celebration for Steve Cox Memorial Park tennis-court renovation

In this afternoon’s bright late-summer sunshine, a small group of dignitaries and community members gathered to celebrate the renovated Steve Cox Memorial Park tennis courts. (Added: Video of the entire event)

The work’s been finished for a while, but there was no point in hurrying the party, which had been three years in the making. The project depended in large part on a federal Community Development Block Grant, and while that was obtained in 2010, county parks boss Kevin Brown explained, federal stimulus-related projects took precedence, so this didn’t get done for a while. But this afternoon, as he presided over a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, that was all a distant memory:

Among other attributes, the courts are unique as a lighted public place to play tennis in White Center.

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Steve Cox Memorial Park tennis-court ceremony Thursday

September 19th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Sports, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on Steve Cox Memorial Park tennis-court ceremony Thursday

Just in from King County Parks via Facebook, that photo and this invitation for you:

Tennis, anyone? Please join King County Parks for a special ribbon cutting ceremony to rededicate the improved tennis courts at Steve Cox Memorial Park. Tomorrow @ 2:30 pm.

It’s been almost exactly a year since the work began (September 2011 story here), and much of the work was done by May (story here).

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Steve Cox Memorial Park tennis-court work almost done

May 29th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Sports, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on Steve Cox Memorial Park tennis-court work almost done

The final phase of the renovation work at Steve Cox Memorial Park‘s tennis courts in White Center is almost finished – the colorful new surface is in place, the sealant was applied Friday, and now it needs time to cure, so that’s why the nets are down.

King County Parks spokesperson Doug Williams tells WCN that they’ll be down for a few more days in hopes that’ll keep court use to a minimum. The curing is weather-dependent, so, Williams says, the nets won’t be put back up till this weekend or maybe even early next week. The project, estimated last year at $153,000, was paid for with the help of a federal grant. (P.S. Thanks to Gill for the story tip!)

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Steve Cox Memorial Park tennis-court overhaul begins

September 14th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Parks, Sports, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news 1 Comment »

WCN contributor Deanie Schwarz sent that photo with news that the tennis courts at Steve Cox Memorial Park are dug up, as work starts on a renovation project. She checked with Darlene Sellers from King County Parks, who tells WCN it’s a two-phase project:

Phase I of the project began on Monday, September 12th and is expected to run 45 days, until around October 31st. At that time the courts will be temporarily lined, and should be playable again in early November. Phase II is scheduled to begin in May and should last for about three weeks.

The money is from a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant (process explained here) obtained in 2009.

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White Center Jubilee Days: Carnival, night 1

July 13th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Fun, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Jubilee Days: Carnival, night 1

Early this evening, we strolled through the White Center Jubilee Days carnival, to see the sights – classic rides as always, like the Tilt-A-Whirl, above, and the Zipper:

The poster lists tonight’s end time as simply “closing.” So before, during, after the fireworks (500 shells at dusk!), look for the bright lights, loud music, and classic fair/festival/carnival food at Steve Cox Memorial Park.

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Video: Remembering Deputy Steve Cox at park-memorial dedication

May 15th, 2011 Tracy Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, North Highline UAC, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on Video: Remembering Deputy Steve Cox at park-memorial dedication

The ceremony presented by the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council this afternoon at Steve Cox Memorial Park was relatively short – but emotional, with tears flowing for some toward the start, as the murdered deputy’s son Bronson Cox led the Pledge of Allegiance, standing next to his mom Maria Cox. Our video shows the ceremony in its entirety; it was followed by refreshments indoors. Steve Cox was president of NHUAC when he was killed in the line of duty four and a half years ago. The memorial’s artist, Jay Haavik, was also among today’s speakers.

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Happening now: Dedication for Deputy Steve Cox Memorial at namesake park

May 15th, 2011 Tracy Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, North Highline UAC, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on Happening now: Dedication for Deputy Steve Cox Memorial at namesake park

Dignitaries and community leaders including the sponsoring organization North Highline Unincorporated Area Council are gathered at Deputy Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center right now for the long-awaited dedication of the sculpture tribute to the popular law enforcer. Video from the ceremony later; the rain has lifted just in time!

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Big weekend in White Center: Spring Clean on Saturday, Deputy Steve Cox memorial dedication Sunday

May 13th, 2011 Tracy Posted in North Highline UAC, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center Community Development Association, White Center news Comments Off on Big weekend in White Center: Spring Clean on Saturday, Deputy Steve Cox memorial dedication Sunday

Two huge events this weekend – starting with White Center Spring Clean tomorrow (Saturday). More than 600 people are signed up to volunteer 8:30 am-2:30 pm at sites all over WC. And the official T-shirt is on display at the White Center Community Development Association website.

Then on Sunday, it’s the memorial dedication at Deputy Steve Cox Memorial Park. This invite is from the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council:

The North Highline Unincorporated Area Council (NHUAC) cordially invites you to the dedication ceremony for the Steve Cox Memorial at 3 PM on Sunday May 15th. The dedication will be at Steve Cox Memorial Park, 1321 SW 102nd St in White Center.

Deputy Steve Cox was killed in the line of duty on December 2, 2006. At the time of his death he was the White Center Storefront deputy and served the community as the President of the NHUAC.

The NHUAC led the community effort to rename the park for Deputy Cox and the fundraising to install a memorial. Artist Jay Haavik was selected to design and build a stone memorial to Deputy Cox.

May 15th is also National Peace Officers Memorial Day. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

For Further information contact Ron Johnson, rjohnson@northhighlineuac.org, phone (206) 767-3053.

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Deputy Steve Cox memorial dedication set for May 15th

May 2nd, 2011 Tracy Posted in Election, North Highline UAC, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on Deputy Steve Cox memorial dedication set for May 15th

It’s been in the works a long time … and now a date is set for the dedication of the Deputy Steve Cox Memorial at his namesake park in White Center, according to the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council website:

The memorial for Deputy Steve Cox, killed in the line of duty on December 2, 2006, will be held on May 15 … at 3 PM. The memorial is located in Steve Cox Memorial Park, 1321 SW 102nd St. May 15th is also National Peace Officers Memorial Day as designated by President Kennedy in 1962

This is sure to be among the topics when the council meets this Thursday, 7 pm, at the North Highline Fire District HQ. Also remember NHUAC’s Election Night – a two-hour period for you to stop by and vote – is at the same location, on May 19th. Also from the NHUAC site:

The NHUAC elections will be held on Thursday, May 19 at the North Highline Fire Station, SW 112 Street, White Center. Voting will be from 6PM to 8PM.

The candidates are:

District 3: Liz Giba
District 4: Ron Johnson
At Large: Doug Harrell
At Large: Patrick Mosley
At Large: Aileen Sison

Each position is a two year term with requirements to attend one meeting per month.

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Ultimate Frisbee pickup game starting Wednesday in White Center

November 28th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Sports, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on Ultimate Frisbee pickup game starting Wednesday in White Center

Just posted in the forums for our partner site West Seattle Blog – a new Ultimate Frisbee pickup game, Wednesdays at 6 pm, Steve Cox Memorial Park. Check out the notice (and RSVP info) here.

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