Shorewood Park today is classified as a neighborhood, open-space, and passive park by various use descriptions and plans. It is mostly wooded with large trees and sloping topography. A path in the park connects 28th Ave. SW to Shorewood Elementary School. A branch of the path drops to the south, toward Puget Sound - perhaps the remains of an old skid road, where logs were dragged down to the nearby shore to be rafted to Seattle mills. A couple of large logs, all but consumed by mushrooms and returned to earth, lie by the side of the trail - a mossy tribute to days gone by.
The northernmost of Burien's parks, Shorewood Park lies in a quiet, wooded depression bordering the noisy playgrounds of Shorewood School. In July 2007, 55-year-old Shorewood School was demolished. The new school is scheduled to open in September, 2008. The park itself will not be greatly affected by the demolition or construction.
In recent years, longtime Shorewood resident Ted Daley and others have spearheaded efforts to free Shorewood Park of invasive plants and build steps along the path. Other neighbors take part in these “ivy pulls” and cleanup parties. Stairs were recently installed where the old dam straddled the canyon; and once a month volunteers spend two hours ridding the park of ivy and other invasive plants.