Burien City News

The Burien City News print edition features a roundup of local news, events, and information delivered annually to Burien addresses. In addition, you can sign up for our monthly email newsletter.

Below, read our latest print issue in English. This issue is also available to read in Spanish and Vietnamese.

Latest Print Issue: Summer 2023

Welcome to the first issue of Burien City News print newsletter! In this issue, you will find:

  • Information about new neighborhood grants program
  • Updates on what your City government is doing, building, and celebrating
  • Latest headlines from the City of Burien
  • Ways to get involved and things to do

Feature Story: Neighborhood Grants Offer Support for Community Projects

The City of Burien has launched a new neighborhood grants program to encourage projects that foster community and create community improvements in an equitable manner. The Burien Neighborhood Grants program will provide up to $5,000 per project. Community members must match the grant with an equally valued amount of local resources that could include volunteer labor, donated materials or professional services, or cash.

Building Burien: Investing in Community Through Parks and Public Works Projects

The City of Burien is working on or has recently completed the following infrastructure projects in Burien this year.

Miller Creek Daylighting Project

Near S 144th St and Des Moines Memorial Drive S

Project status: Project design complete. Construction began in May 2023.

S 140th St Trunkline Project

S 140th St between 8th Ave S and Des Moines Memorial Dr S

Project status: Project design is complete. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2023.

Pavement Management Program

Manhattan neighborhood, SW 160th St & S 160th St (as well as citywide pothole repairs)

Project status: Construction will take place August-September 2023.

S 136th St Sidewalk Improvements

S 136th St between 1st Ave S and Des Moines Memorial Drive S

Project status: Construction began in April 2023.

Manhattan Park Playground Improvements

18386 4th Ave S

Project status: Construction will take place fall 2023.

Celebrate Burien

"Celebrate Burien" encourages our community to take pride in the diverse cultures and identities that make up our city.

Follow us on social media to join in and check out our YouTube playlist to see what we’ve celebrated together so far. Some recent and upcoming observances include:



  • Welcoming Week
  • Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month

Ordinances, Resolutions, and Proclamations

The Burien City Council passed the following ordinances, resolutions, and proclamations between March and June 2023. They also approved contracts, interlocal agreements, and conducted other City business. Read our Council Roundups for a full recap of each council meeting.


The City Council passed Ordinance Nos. 812–815. The ordinances covered many topics including zoning updates near transit stations on Ambaum Blvd SW and minor amendments to budget.


The City Council passed Resolution Nos. 493–500. The resolutions covered many topics including subdivision approvals for Sapphire Homes and La Serra Subdivision, updates to the rules governing the Burien Airport Committee, addition of ecoTHRIVE to Affordable Housing Demonstration Program, adoption of a six-year transportation improvement program, and more.


The City Council issued 13 proclamations on the following topics: Women’s History Month, Recognition of Adriene Buckley’s 30 Years of Service, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Citizen of the Year, Earth Day, Arbor Day, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Older Americans Month, Affordable Housing Week, Peace Officers Memorial Day, LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, National Pollinators Month, and Juneteenth.

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Community Emergency Response Team Training Helps You Prepare for Emergencies

 July 7, 2023

Be prepared for the next emergency or disaster by completing the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training offered by the Cities of Burien and Des Moines. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a CERT certificate and be better prepared to assist your family, neighborhood, and community in an emergency.

Application for Utility Tax Relief Program Due in December

July 5, 2023

The City of Burien’s Utility Tax Relief Program offers rebates on certain utility taxes paid toward the following services: water, sewer, solid waste removal provided by Recology Cleanscapes, electricity provided by Puget Sound Energy, telephone (including cellular), and basic cable television. Applications are due by December 15, 2023. Rebates will be issued by the end of February 2024.

Prepare Now for Heat and Smoke Events

June 29, 2023

This summer is forecast be hot and dry, and the risk of wildfires and smoke will be increased. Read our summer safety tips including ways to keep cool, even without air conditioning, and ways to protect you and your family from smoke.

Business Survey Provides Snapshot of Current Local Economic Conditions

May 18, 2023

The City of Burien recently completed a citywide survey of local businesses. Results revealed top challenges faced by businesses, ways the City of Burien government could improve the job its doing, and the top advantages to owning and operating a business in Burien.

City of Burien Invites Community to Pride Flag Raising Event at Burien City Hall

May 17, 2023

The City of Burien kicked off a celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month by raising the Pride flag over Burien City Hall in a ceremony held on June 1, 2023 from 10-10:30 a.m.

City of Burien Celebrates Earth Week

April 17, 2023

The City of Burien celebrated Earth Week in April through two environmental restoration events at Miller Creek Trail and Salmon Creek Park.

Get Involved

Become a Volunteer Forest Steward

Protect and restore Burien’s urban forest! Applications open until August 1.

Nominate Next Citizen of the Year

Recognize a person or organization who has made outstanding contributions to the Burien community. Nominations due February 9, 2024.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Be prepared for the next emergency or disaster by completing CERT training. Apply now for the September 2023 class.

Register to Vote

You can register to vote online or by mail until 8 days before an election or in-person through Election Day. Registrations done by mail need to be received, not postmarked, by the 8-day deadline.

Find more ways to get involved on Burien Community Hub.

Burien Events

Find even more events in Burien online, including a downloadable event calendar.

Rec Guide Highlights

In the summer 2023 issue of our Recreation Guide, you can find:

  • Martial Arts
  • Youth & Teen Art Camps
  • Specialized Recreation
  • Youth & Adult Dance
  • Senior Travel
  • Martial Arts
  • Youth and Teen Art Camps
  • Specialized Recreation
  • Youth and Adult Dance
  • Senior Travel

See the full Recreation Guide in English and Spanish.

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Updated July 14, 2023