Parks/Open Space/Trails

Press release:

Question: What will the City's parks and recreation facilities consist of in the future? What are the greatest needs? Where should they be?

Based on your input, we're starting to have some answers to those questions.

As you may remember, Burien Parks conducted several surveys to ask people for their ideas about the city's parks system and recreation facilities. We also held a public meeting as well as consulted with the citizen advisory board and many others. This information is being used to update the City's Parks, Recreation & Open Space Comprehensive Plan, or as we call it, the PROS Plan.

We are hosting an Open House at 7:00pm on Thursday, September 29 at the Burien Community Center. We will share what we've learned so far and ask for your feedback.

Please stop by and find out more about the condition of Burien's parks system, and to see what ideas are emerging about its future.

Remember, for all the latest on this planning efforts, check in regularly at


Burien residents will be breaking out their comfortable shoes the first Sunday of each month for a "Walk 'n Talk" from Town Square around Lake Burien.

The plan is to enjoy conversation and a walk through town. Grabbing a local coffee or snack before or after the stroll is encouraged.

The inaugural walk is Sunday, Aug. 7.

Walkers of every level and ability are invited to gather at Burien Town Square Park, S.W. 152nd St. and 5th Place S.W. at 2 p.m. The walkers will set out at 2:15 p.m.

The 2.25-mile loop from Town Square will go west along S.W. 152nd St. and turn south onto 21st Avenue S.W. The walkers will head east on S.W 156th St., 16th Avenue S.W. and S.W. 158th Street. They will then zig-zag north on 12th Avenue S.W., S.W. 156th St.,11th Avenue S.W., S.W. 154th St. and 10th Avenue S.W. until they are back on S.W. 152nd. St. The final leg is east on 152nd back to Town Square.

For more info, go to


The city of Des Moines is seeking interested citizens to write Pro & Con Statements for the Utility Occupation Tax for Des Moines Beach Park and streets to be on the November general election ballot.
Citizens must be Des Moines residents or business owners subject to the tax.
The committee application deadline is Monday, Aug. 8. Contact Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Director Patrice Thorell at or 206-870-6529.


This Saturday, July 23, Angle Lake Shore Club members will be organizing a "Clean Sweep" event from 9 a.m.-noon at Angle Lake Park.

The group will be concentrating on the shoreline and subsurface waters from the boat launch south past the city parcel referred to as "the Hughes property." The team will consist of walkers along the shore, waders/snorklers in the shallow water and divers for the deeper stuff. The city contribution to this effort will be to dispose of the debris gathered from these areas.

Further details are posted at


Press release from city of Burien:

The City of Burien is in the process of updating its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan (PROS) to be in compliance with requirements of the state Growth Management Act and to ensure that Burien remains eligible for a variety of grant opportunities. The public is invited to a workshop to kick-off and brainstorm planning elements on Wednesday, July 27, 7- 9 p.m., at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave. S.W.

Representatives from all Burien neighborhoods - north, south, east and west - are desired to provide input on our park and recreational needs.

The purpose of the City's PROS Plan is to guide the planning, acquisition and development of parklands, and support the implementation of Burien's cultural and recreational programming. Visit our web site at


This spring, the Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Dept. began the process of updating the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. The plan update will guide the city in its management and development of park properties and recreation programs for the next six years.

The process started with updating the inventory of the city's parks, but will also include opportunities for public input, beginning with the Vision for Burien community forums currently taking place. (See for details about the visioning forums). Other public meetings will take place over the next six months.

A survey is also available for the public to begin providing some input to the planning process. To take the survey, which is in both English and Spanish, go to the Parks Plan website at and follow the links.


The Burien City Council on March 28 unanimously approved the following appointments to the Arts Commission:
Position 3, Shelli Park, self-employed artist, color/space designer, yoga instructor.
Position 4, Andrea H. Reay, production administrator, Seattle Opera.
Position 5, Robbie Howell, real estate broker, Windermere Co.
Position 6, Michael O'Neill, self-employed interior designer.
Position 7, Chloe Bjordahl, moderator for an online game, LEGO Group.
Position 8, Virginia Wright, online editor, Encore Media Group.
Terms for Positions 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 are full terms that began on March 28, 2011, and end on March 31, 2015. The appointment to Position 6 is for an unexpired term that began on March 28, 2011, and ends on March 31, 2013.
The City Council on April 4 approved the following appointments to the Parks and Recreation Board:
Position 2, Cynthia Raufmann-Trewartha, real estate associate broker, Century 21 North Homes Realty.
Position 3, Annie Morton, Director of Education, Seward Park Audubon Center.
Position 4, Christopher Ndifon, Sr., land-use planner.
All appointments were to full terms that began on April 4 and end on March 31, 2015.


Highline fans will get a chance to cheer Friday afternoon for the Seatte Seahawks as they head to Chicago to face the Bears in the divisional round playoff.
Fans can gather at Valley Ridge Park, 4644 S. 188th St. in SeaTac, at 1 p.m. Friday to enjoy coffee, doughnuts. flags and rally towels provided by the team.
Blitz, the team's furry blue mascot, will be there, too.
At 1:45 p.m., the players and coaches will ride by in team buses on their way to Sea-Tac International Airport to catch the flight to the Midwest.
The buses won't stop, but the players know about the gathering spot and will make their best effort to acknowledge the fans, according to a team spokesman.
For those who want to gather at freeway overpasses to cheer the players as they roll by, the team buses will leave the Seahawks complex in Renton at 1:30 p.m. The Seahawks say key gathering spots in Renton are at Pan Abode near North 44th Street, Northeast 30th Street overpass, Renton Avenue South overpass and Lind Avenue Southwest.
The buses will take I-405 South to the I-5 exit South toward Portland. They will leave I-5 at the South 188th Street exit on their way to Valley Ridge Park.


Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities, including Ballard Community Center, Loyal Heights Community Center and the Ballard Pool, will be closed Nov. 12 for a furlough day. There will also be some closures Nov. 15.

City of Seattle employees are taking 10 days off without pay in 2010 to help fill the budget gap, according to a Parks and Recreation press release.

Parks and Recreation has worked hard to schedule furlough days in a way that has the smallest possible impact on customers and that provides as much coverage as possible, according to the press release.

These facilities and services are closed Nov. 12:

  • Grounds maintenance.
  • Community centers (except child care and late night programs, which will still operate).
  • Swimming pools.
  • Environmental Learning Centers.
  • Lifelong Recreation (except food and fitness programs, which will still operate).
  • Business Service Center.

These facilities and services are closed Nov. 15:

  • Administrative offices.

By Cassandra Allen

In between rain squalls Oct. 24, 23 volunteers built a border fence at Greenwood Park to kick off the construction of the park’s new community garden. The project is part of the effort to improve and expand the park located at 602 N. 87th St.

Volunteers were guided by Joanna D’Asaro, a fellow volunteer and local landscape architect from Greener Living Solutions. They constructed a fence frame that was then filled by the north lot’s cleared tree branches and shrubbery.

As the fence grew from the ground up, volunteers intertwined rhododendron, yew and cedar branches in layers. D'Asaro's design of the twig fence provides a natural-looking visual barrier with recycled materials.

“We came up with the concept of the twig fence with the hope of constructing something that will be esthetically pleasing, easy to maintain and easy to assemble," said Mike Stringer, chair of Vision Greenwood Park. "It met all those goals and brought the community together for four hours."

The goal is to open the community garden to planting in the spring.

Volunteers brave rain, build Greenwood Park fence
Photo credit: 
Heather Winter

Volunteers use branches and shrubbery to build a fence Oct. 24 at Greenwood Park.

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