Jacob Ambaum Park

12621 Ambaum Blvd. SW

Named after early Burien resident Jacob Ambaum, the park offers a playground, basketball court, picnic tables, and benches. The park has a small on-site parking lot.

Park History 

In 2002, the City of Burien recognized that this area of Burien lacked open and recreational space, with no active park within walking distance at the north end of the Ambaum corridor. The most recent Burien Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan had identified as a priority the development of a neighborhood park to serve residents west of Ambaum and north of SW 132nd St. Burien identified several properties that might qualify as a park, with a requirement that the site must also provide visibility and safety.

In 2001, the City had identified two parcels on the Ambaum corridor just north of SW 128th St. that, if purchased together, would provide play space for children as well as a sports court. City staff and real estate consultants tried to reach voluntary purchase agreements with both property owners. The owner of the south parcel was not interested in selling to the City, making condemnation likely. The owner of the north parcel was willing to sell to the City.

The Suyama Family Limited Partnership granted its lot to the City for $190,000 on March 25, 2003. Plans for the new Jacob Ambaum Park included the playground and basketball courts, restroom, picnic areas, and plaza. Phase I construction of the park was completed in February 2007, and the park opened for public use. The complete project design for Phase II was completed in March 2007 and the completed park was reopened in the summer of 2007.

Updated December 5, 2022