The Burien Arts Gallery
The Burien Arts Gallery in Dottie Harper Park is a gathering point for the arts of the greater Burien area. In addition to the annual Arts Festival, the Gallery promotes dance, painting, sculpting, ceramics, weaving, ballet, creative activities for children, acting, singing, youth and adult symphony, literary arts, book reviews, poetry, flower arranging, local history, exhibits, and nature.
The all-volunteer Gallery primarily displays and sells the works of local artists. The basement of the main building and the adjoining building (formerly a garage) are used as classrooms and workshops. The annual Strawberry & Arts Festival attracts thousands of visitors, providing entertainment, refreshments, and interaction with local artists and vendors.
Status of the Park
On March 10, 1994 the deed for Burien Park, as it was known, was given to the city of Burien by King County. In 1995 the Burien City Council, recognizing Dottie Harper as “a guiding light in promoting parks, arts, recreation, and cultural programs,” passed an ordinance officially designating the 4.5-acre parcel as Dottie Harper Park.
Burien Park was officially renamed Dottie Harper Park in a ceremony on July 1, 1995 at the Burien Arts Gallery.
The park, within walking distance of hundreds of apartments and single-family homes, provides a place for interpreting the ecosystems in an urban forest, and for strolling, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. The December 15, 2006 windstorm inflicted some damage to the park, uprooting trees, leaving others dangerously leaning and damaging park fixtures.