Patrick Robinson
The 75 year old White Center fieldhouse, now called the White Center Community Center, celebrated its birthday on Sept. 14 with loads of activities for kids, including bingo, games, crafts, and healthy snacks.

SLIDESHOW: 75 was a great birthday for the 'Log Cabin' Fieldhouse in White Center

The 75th birthday of the historic White Center Fieldhouse was celebrated Sept. 14 with a community gathering featuring games, activities, performances, memories and a special anniversary cake.

In addition to highlighting the unique histories of the building and park, the celebration offered games, arts and crafts, cake and performances by special guests.

The fieldhouse, which is also known as the White Center Community Center, or the Log Cabin, was constructed between 1938 to 1940 and is one of the five original Works Progress Administration fieldhouses in King County.

Designed in the National Park Service “rustic style,” the fieldhouse features gabled wood shingle roofs, large covered porches with oversized log support posts, stone fireplaces, and half-log sliding. The building is a designated King County Landmark.

Community members are encouraged to share their memories of the White Center Fieldhouse with others by participating in the virtual scrapbook and video that King County Parks will assemble and make available to the public.

During the Sept. 14 event, King County Parks staff recorded short video clips of attendees who shared their memories of the fieldhouse. People can still share their photos and memories via email by contacting Frana Milan, at frana.milan@kingcounty.gov. Oddly enough it's photos from the 1990's they don 't have, likely as a result of people switching to digital cameras.

In 2013, King County Parks has been celebrating its 75th anniversary with special events held throughout the county, including a volunteer “work and party day” at Tolt-MacDonald Park, backcountry trails celebrations at nine sites, a “King County Parks Day” proclamation by the King County Council, and the launch of the King County Parks Foundation in partnership with Laird Norton Wealth Management.

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