Lake Burien School Memorial Park Improvement

Current Updates

Updated December 2021

The new pathway and playground are open for use!  

Over the past few months, a contractor improved the existing loop pathway by creating an asphalt and adjacent gravel pathway and improving entry points into the park.  The pathways are funded through a grant from the King County Consortium Community Development Block Grant Program with funds obtained from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

In addition, the playground was replaced with a new Venti® system that packs 20 exciting activities into its compact size. It contains nets, slides, belts and climbers providing lots of fun and challenges that promote physical development and strategic thinking, while also creating hangouts where kids can take a break and connect with others. In addition to the Venti, will be traditional and dish swings. The new playground was funded by the City. 

Lake Burien new playground
Lake Burien new pathway

 There are still some projects that parks staff will be working on over the next few months.  The City acquired new benches, tables and trash receptacles and after they arrive, staff will install them.  Most of the former furnishings were removed due to their condition and the need to adjust the pathway and pour new concrete foundations for the new furnishings.  The PaRCS team is also scoping and planning for a new fence to be installed on the south end of the park.  In the Spring, staff will make some more landscape improvements to the garden nodes and ensure grass grows in the hydroseeded areas.  Staff will also work on replacing the signage related to the memorial.

 The community engagement outcomes included these improvements and identified other needs such as adding a younger youth play area, improvements to the tennis courts, improvements to the memorial archway, signs, and donor bricks, and more.  These items are on the PaRCS Department work plan.  They require additional funding and resources.  If you are interested in donating to future improvements at the park, please see how to donate below.

The City of Burien would like to acknowledge all the work that went into this project from the following:

  • JA Brennan Associates: Community Engagement and Preferred Design Concept
  • The Berger Partnership:  Community Engagement, Final Design, and Construction Management
  • New X: Contractor
  • Play Creation: Playground vendor, and installation and inspection services
  • Diane Salter: City Project Manager
  • King County Consortium Community Development Block Grant Program and Burien City Council: Funding Agencies

Questions can be emailed to [email protected]

Want to contribute?

The City is seeking private donations to help fund complementary park elements, such as benches and tables, as well as to fund other elements of the 2017 conceptual plan in the future.

Interested in donating to Lake Burien School Memorial Park improvements?

  1. Go to the donation page on Burien's class registration system to make a donation online
  2. Log into your account or create a new account. 
  3. Click on the Park Contributions/Donations tab on the upper left.
  4. Choose your desired donation amount.

If the amount you want to donate is not available in the menu, please call the Burien Community Center at (206) 988-3700 to make a donation by phone.