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The City of Burien plans to replace the playground equipment and associated park furnishings at Lakeview Park this year. Our goal is to replace the equipment within the same footprint and have play features for the 5- to 12-year-old youth age group. The equipment for the 2- to 5-year-old age group was installed in 2019 and is not due for replacement.

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The community is invited to watch a video and take a survey to provide feedback on the theme of the primary play feature and secondary play toy options.

Project Contact

 (206) 988-3700

Background Information

This project will replace the existing playground equipment at Lakeview Park (422 SW 160th St in Burien) and park furnishings that are 20 years old and have reached the end of service life.  The new equipment will fit within the existing footprint and have age-appropriate features for the 5- to 12-year-old youth age group. The equipment for the 2- to 5-year-old age group was installed in 2019 and is not due for replacement.

From the community feedback, City staff will work with a playground equipment manufacturer on the final design for the primary play feature and incorporate secondary play toys as space and budget allow.

This project is funded by the City of Burien and King County Community Development Block Grant funding provided though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.   

Existing Equipment

Existing play equipment at Burien's Lakeview Park for 5- to 12-year-olds features a blue, green, and gray play structure with slides, monkey bars, and other activities. Some benches appear in the foreground.
Existing play equipment for 5- to 12-year-olds at Lakeview Park.

New Equipment Options

Secondary Toy Options

Option A: Swings

Option B: Bucket Spinner

Option C: Standing Spinner

Option D: Net Spinner

Option E: Climber

Option F: Spring Board

Project Timeline

May 2024

Gather community feedback

June 2024

Evaluate community feedback and finalize design

Fall/Winter 2024


Late 2024/Early 2025

Playground re-opens for use

The Burien Neighborhood Grants Program supports community members who want to improve the quality of life in Burien neighborhoods. The program strives to encourage projects that foster connection and create community improvements in an equitable manner. Through this program, the City of Burien will provide up to $5,000 of funding per project which the neighborhood matches with local resources of volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services, or cash.

2024 Neighborhood Matching Fund Webinar (YouTube)

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Project Contact

Yvette Niwa, Planner

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Project Timeline

February 20, 2024

Initial application round opens

February-April 2024

Application support available

May 1, 2024

Initial application round closes

The first round of applications for Neighborhood Grants will be reviewed starting May 1, 2024 and will be accepted on a rolling basis after May 1 until all funds are allocated.


Applicants work with Burien staff to refine proposals

December 31, 2024

Deadline for project completion

Front and back of a postcard reading "Provide input on the vision plan for Hilltop Park" laid on the top of a wooden table surface.

Did you receive a postcard from the City of Burien?

View the concepts, access the survey, and learn more information here.

The City of Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (PaRCS) Department is developing a vision plan for future improvements at Hilltop Park. This planning process builds on the work begun by the Hilltop Park Activation and Reimagination Project, which gathered input on desired improvements from Hilltop Elementary School students and park neighbors through the Green Burien Partnership.  Community input was also sought through the Shape Your City initiative.

Get Involved

There are several ways you can get involved:

  • Take a survey and provide feedback on the three vision plan alternatives
  • Sign up for the Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services email newsletter for project updates
  • Email your questions or comments to

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Project Contact

Contact or call the Burien Community Center at (206) 988-3700.

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Background Information

The Hilltop Park Vision Plan Project will facilitate future improvements to the park by performing environmental and geotechnical studies and a topographic survey, which will inform the design of park improvements in a vision plan and schematic design (or 30% design documents).

Environmental studies include a critical areas report and buffer mitigation plan for the wetland area, and environmental compliance review. Other work includes site surveying, select geotechnical borings and report, and preparation of land use permits.

Once the design team understands the limitations of the site based on these studies, they will combine that knowledge with the community’s priorities for park improvements and develop three vision plan alternatives and cost estimates. The alternatives will be presented to community members for input, which will be used to refine the alternatives into one final vision plan.

The vision plan will become the basis for 30% schematic design documents. Once, complete, the schematic design and cost estimate will be used in budgetary planning for the long-term capital improvements plan and to seek funding for final construction documents and construction of park improvements. This project is funded by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) and the City of Burien.   

Project Timeline

July 2023

Project kick-off

July-September 2023

Site investigations and environmental studies

August-October 2023

Vision plan alternatives

November 2023

Community feedback on vision plan alternatives

November-December 2023

Preferred vision plan

December 2023-January 2024

Community feedback on preferred vision plan

January -March 2024

Schematic design

On March 18, 2024, the Burien City Council passed Ordinance No. 837, establishing a citywide minimum wage in Burien.

The ordinance defines three levels of employers and creates new minimum wage rates and effective dates by size of employer. Employers with 20 or fewer full-time equivalents (FTEs) are exempt from the ordinance.

Read Ordinance No. 837 online:

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Background Information

Read additional information about discussions related to establishing a minimum wage in Burien.

The City of Burien is developing an economic development action plan. City staff and advisory board members will work together to build consensus on priority actions that will help improve the economic vitality of our community.

The action plan will contain specific economic development goals, strategies, and implementation measures and an implementation plan, outlining the timing, anticipated cost, and funding source of each implementation action.

The preliminary overview and update of the plan was presented at the January 29, 2024 City Council Meeting.

Get Involved

There are several ways you can get involved:

  • Check out the new online engagement tool [update 1/12/2024: Surveys have now closed].
  • Mark your calendars for one of our upcoming events.
  • Sign up for Burien Economic Development monthly newsletter for project updates
  • Email your questions or comments to

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Project Contact

Chris Craig, Economic Development Manager

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Background Information

Project Timeline

August-November 2023

Opportunities and Challenges

Evaluate current economic conditions and constraints.

September-December 2023

Community Engagement

Community feedback gathered through stakeholder interviews, public meetings, and open house.

December 2023-February 2024

Plan Development

Evaluate community feedback and develop draft plan.

February 2024

Legislative Review

Plan goes to Business and Economic Development Partnership and Burien City Council for review and adoption.

In 2020, the City of Burien and the Burien Arts Commission began to develop Long-range Public Art Planto sets long-range goals for the City’s limited public art funding and future public art projects in Burien. This plan is meant to serve as a guide for the Arts Commission to use for its annual public art planning efforts.

In addition, the Long-range Public Art Plan will accommodate planning for public art projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Cost of creating the project may require allocation of funding for more than one year
  • Project may require more coordination with other projects, programs, or partners
  • Project can be commissioned using information gathered from the community relating to their priorities for locations, themes, media, and more.  

The Arts Commission follows an annual public art planning process, as required by Resolution 399, that is distinct from the long-range public art planning effort. After drafting the annual public art plan, the Arts Commission presents the draft plan to the Burien City Council, who reviews it, provides direction on changes to the plan, and through a public process, votes to adopt the final plan.

What is Public Art and Why Is It Important?

According to Americans for the Arts, “American cities and towns aspire to be places where people want to live and want to visit. Having a particular community identity, especially in terms of what our towns look like, is becoming even more important in a world where every place tends to look like every place else. Places with strong public art expressions break the trend of blandness and sameness, and give communities a stronger sense of place and identity.”

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Thank you for providing feedback!

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Project Contact

Caroline Bobanick, Recreation Supervisor

Background Information

Project Timeline

October-December 2021

Community feedback gathered


Evaluation of community feedback and plan development

By end of 2023

Plan goes to Burien City Council

Green Burien Partnership 2023 Report displayed in front of a tree trunk.

Have you seen Green Burien Partnership’s 2023 Annual Report? Read the full report or access a one-page overview to see the significant progress made toward the Partnership’s goals in Burien last year.

Healthy forested parks and green spaces have the power to strengthen neighborhoods, provide safe access to nature, and provide many benefits to the environment. Without a coordinated effort to restore and care for our forests, we are at risk of losing many benefits of these forests and natural areas.

The Green Burien Partnership brings together community members and private and public agency partners to restore and care for Burien’s parks and urban forests. The Partnership’s activities include:

  • Community outreach and engagement to guide project prioritization and implementation.
  • Development of a 20-year plan for restoring forests and increasing the amount of tree canopy across the three cities.
  • Implementation of projects and volunteer programs that organize local neighbors and community groups to plant indigenous plants, remove weedy plant species, and meet restoration goals.
People planting.

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Participate and Learn More:

Upcoming Events

See a map of all upcoming Green Burien Partnership events and how to register online.

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Project Contact

Gabbi Gonzales, Recreation Coordinator

Maya Klem, Green Burien Partnership Coordinator

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Who is in the Green Burien Partnership?

The Green Burien Partnership relies on a network of individuals, organizations, staff, and volunteers. All partners are essential for the success of the project.

Other key partners have played an essential role in defining the goals of the partnership, volunteering in their community, offering their expertise, and increasing canopy cover by planting trees in their yards or patios:

  • City of Burien
  • Port of Seattle
  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  • King County Conversation District
  • Highline Public Schools
  • Elected officials
  • Nonprofit, faith-based, and community groups
  • Businesses
  • Youth groups and clubs
  • Landowners
  • Individuals like you

How is it funded?

The Green Burien Partnership receives funding from the City of Burien General Fund and grants.

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Explore the online Shape Your City Engagement Activity, which features information, interactive maps, photos, and illustrations (surveys are now closed).

The City of Burien is re-imagining the long-term future of our city through a coordinated planning effort combining major updates to the Comprehensive Plan, a new Transportation Master Plan, and an update to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan.

Specifically, this planning process focuses on land use, economic development, human services, environmental protection, infrastructure, transportation, parks and open spaces, recreation programs, public art, and cultural services.

Results of this planning effort will guide policymaking, operational plans, and budgets for the next twenty years. It’s vital that community voice guides these important planning processes.

Comprehensive Plan

The City of Burien is embarking on a major update to its Comprehensive Plan. This effort will help Burien plan and build for the next few decades. Planning for this growth helps us build a city with an equitable, sustainable, and healthy future.    

Transportation Master Plan

The Transportation Master Plan helps determine our community’s current and future transportation needs, guiding how we invest in transportation over the next 20 years.

Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan

The Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan is a six-year strategic plan for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. The plan will look at the existing conditions, identify gaps in facilities and programs, and offer strategies, projects, and programs to address those gaps.

Economic Development Action Plan

The Economic Development Action Plan will contain specific economic development goals, strategies, and implementation measures and an implementation plan, outlining the timing, anticipated cost, and funding source of each implementation action.

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There are several ways you can get involved:

Project Contact

Jeffrey Watson, Interim Community Development Director, Comprehensive Plan

Maiya Andrews, Public Works Director, Transportation Master Plan

Casey Stanley, PaRCS Director, Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan

Chris Craig, Economic Development Manager, Economic Development Action Plan

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Project Timeline

August-November 2022

Community Visioning

Develop a shared vision to guide planning and policy development.

November 2022-March 2023

Draft Strategies and Projects

Staff will communicate what we have heard to date and present draft strategies and projects for feedback.

May 2023-November 2023

Plan Development

Community will provide feedback on draft plans.

November 2023-March 2024

Legislative Process

Plans go before Burien City Council for review and approval. Public comment accepted.

March 2024

Plans Adopted

PROS Plan and TMP Plan adopted and incorporated into other updates to the Comprehensive Plan.

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Did you receive a postcard from the City of Burien? Read the full letter (English, Español, Tiếng Việt) for more information and view the online map to see if your property may be affected by zoning changes.

How do we make our neighborhoods better for both neighbors and businesses as the city grows and changes over the coming years? To help answer that question, the City of Burien is conducting a community planning process along the Ambaum Blvd corridor and in the Boulevard Park neighborhood.

Read on to learn more about this project and find out how you can get involved. Let’s work together to plan for thriving, transit-friendly neighborhoods and successful business districts in the Ambaum Blvd corridor and Boulevard Park neighborhood.

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There are several ways you can get involved with this project:

  • Mark your calendars for one of our upcoming events.
  • Subscribe to email updates using the form on this page.
  • Send us an email if you have questions or comments.

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Project Contact

Alex Hunt, Planner

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Background Information

Draft Plan and Environmental Impact Statement
Background Documents
Proposed Study Area Maps

Ambaum Blvd Corridor and Boulevard Park Study Areas

Download detailed PDF. Boundaries of proposed study areas may change.

Key Objectives
  • Articulate a vision and action strategies to meet community and citywide goals.
  • Engage with diverse members of the community, including people typically not engaged in civic processes.
  • Evaluate city regulations with an eye toward walkable business districts to support housing and business district strategies, development feasibility, urban design and public space goals, walkability, cultural expression, and community health.
  • Recommend new land use and zoning standards, and adjustments to city regulations for consideration by the Burien Planning Commission and City Council.
  • Apply a race and social equity lens to all of the work, including engagement, analysis and recommendations.

Project Timeline

Early 2021

Review and Analysis

We will evaluate data and consider environmental and equity factors.


Public Engagement and Plan Development

Community and stakeholder engagement and advisory committee will solicit ideas to create a shared vision.


Plan Development

We will refine and test ideas and proposals and consider urban design. Implementation steps will be presented. Plan will be refined with advisory group and community stakeholders. Plan and zoning code amendments will be drafted. SEPA environmental review will occur.


Plan Adoption

The plan will go before Planning Commision and City Council for review and adoption. Community plans and a zoning ordinance will be adopted.

On October 23, 2023, the Burien City Council adopted a five-year strategic plan to help both the City Council and staff identify areas where we need to focus our efforts. The plan will set the tone for budgeting priorities and staff work planning. The strategic planning process was a collaborative effort between the City Council and City of Burien staff. Feedback from community gathered through public workshops and the Community Survey guided the strategic planning process. Progress will be regularly reviewed by the City Council and the City staff and updates will be shared with the community on this dashboard.

Burien’s Focus for the Next Five Years

Through 2028, the City of Burien will prioritize:

  • Achieving Financial Stability
  • Achieving Racial Equity
  • Centering Community Accountability
  • Reshaping Community Through Smart, Mindful Development

We will continue to strive to deliver core services, meet regulatory requirements, and ensure the community’s key infrastructure needs are met. This strategic plan identifies how the Burien City Council and City of Burien staff will advance these shared commitments through 2028. A forecasted revenue gap, however, may affect our ability to meet community needs. This strategic plan identifies how the City of Burien staff will advance these shared commitments through 2028.

Strategic Direction Progress:

GOAL: Define current and future financial outlook and budget needs

Confirm structural deficit and define long-term budget needsComplete
Evaluate and present councilmanic and voter-approved revenue options, including ballot measures, permit fees, utility taxes, solid waste fees, B&O tax, etc.In progress
Work with the community, City Council, and staff to determine service-level cuts that will be required if voter-approved ballot measures failNot started

GOAL: Implement Councilmanic revenue options

Act on revenue optionsIn progress

GOAL: Implement voter-approved revenue options

Develop a ballot measure plan that involves the development of an advisory committee, gathering community feedback on defining services that new revenues would fund, and creating a community education campaignIn progress
Consider creation of a Metropolitan Parks DistrictNot started

Success Metrics for Achieving Financial Stability

Financial consultant has completed financial outlook

Staff and financial consultants have made presentations to the City Council

Councilmanic options and ballot measure implemented

Strategic Direction Progress:

GOAL: Understand current programs, hiring, and practices through an equity lens

Develop equity impact tool for all departments and City Council to support identification, evaluation, and communication of potential impact, both positive and negative, of a policy, plan, or program on equityIn progress
Audit current programs and practices using an equity impact toolNot started

GOAL: Establish internal framework and structures to support equity goals

Finalize the charter for the Advancing Racial Equity (ARE) CommitteeComplete
Develop an ARE Action Plan with metrics (inclusive of internal and external audit and community engagement)Not started

GOAL: Establish a training program for the City of Burien organization

Implement a training program for the City of Burien organizationNot started

Success Metrics for Advancing Racial Equity

Committee has clarity about focus, goals, roles, and responsibilities

Burien policies, plans, and programs advance opportunity and reduce harm to our community members

All staff have a common understanding of anti-racism and their role in that work

Burien has clarity about a vision and action steps for the 2025-26 biennium

Strategic Direction Progress:

GOAL: Customer service experience improved in prioritized areas

Launch online permit systemComplete
Launch and maintain new community service request system and internal customer service workflow (issue reporting)In progress
Launch external Laserfiche electronic content sharing and management systemIn progress

GOAL: Strengthen citywide community engagement and communications capacity

Internal Community Engagement Committee formedComplete
Community engagement training opportunities offered to staffIn progress
Community engagement and communications plan co-created with community stakeholders developed and implementedNot started
Maintain Burien Community Connectors programIn progress
Contract with community-based organizations to collaborate on engagement activitiesIn progress
City 101 virtual program launchedIn progress

GOAL: Digital engagement infrastructure maintained, expanded, and adapted to meet community need and expectation

New Burien website ( launchedIn progress
Update digital communications and engagement strategyNot started
Launch and maintain capital projects public dashboardNot started

Success Metrics for Centering Community Accountability

Time to respond to issues reduced

People impacted by projects, programs, and policies are more engaged

New and more members of community participating in civic processes

Community can find essential information and access online City services easily in formats that are accessible and meet their needs

Strategic Direction Progress:

GOAL: Achieve major planning and policymaking efforts

Economic Development Action Plan approvedIn progress
Comprehensive Plan update approvedIn progress
Transportation Master Plan approvedIn progress
Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan approvedIn progress
Critical area policy updates approvedNot started
Comprehensive Plan for five-year anniversary underwayNot started

GOAL: New zoning and design standards approved

Ambaum and Boulevard Park zoning code amendments with design standards adoptedIn progress
Expansion of Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) or affordable housing zoning adopted as part of Ambaum Boulevard Park Subarea PlanNot started
Subdivision section of the zoning code amendments adoptedNot started
Citywide middle housing zoning code amendments adoptedNot started
Urban Center/downtown zoning code amendments adoptedNot started
Critical area zoning code amendments adoptedNot started

GOAL: Increase the number and type of affordable housing units

Maintain affordable housing governance partnershipsIn progress
South King Housing and Homelessness Partners (SKHHP) affordable housing monitoring program establishedNot started
Extend or expand the Affordable Housing Demonstration ProgramNot started
Align City policy and planning documents with Washington State Affordable Housing Finance Commission scoring criteria for affordable housing tax credit awardsNot started
Advocacy with state and federal delegations for increased Low Income Housing Tax Credit funding for development of affordable housingNot started
Consider or create an inclusionary affordable housing code standard when market conditions would make such a program feasibleNot started
Deepen the affordability requirements associated with MFTE when market conditions would make such a change feasibleNot started
Create a shared parking program in downtown to reduce the cost of building new parking in new housing developmentsNot started
Attract developments that benefit the local community, including walkable amenities and servicesIn progress

GOAL: Attract new businesses and development

Permit system goes live for improved permit tracking and customer serviceIn progress
First round of targeted investment attraction campaign completeIn progress
Developer and property owner economic development opportunity sessions: Boulevard Park, Urban Center, AmbaumNot started
Outreach to regional developers to consider Urban Center development in advance of rezonesNot started
Boulevard Park targeted development attraction campaign to begin once zoning code amendments are in process or completeNot started
If MFTE program is expanded, a targeted marketing campaign to inform developersNot started
Redesign of Burien’s gateway at 1st Ave S and SW 148th StNot started

GOAL: Optimize opportunity sites

King County issues request for proposals for downtown transit-oriented development siteIn progress
Kinect@Burien development complete and openComplete
Mary’s Place affordable family housing under constructionNot started
Evaluate highest and best use for downtown City-owned propertiesIn progress
DESC permanent supportive housing construction completeIn progress
Port of Seattle issues RFP for a 10+-acre site on S 152nd St and Des Moines Memorial DriveNot started

Success Metrics for Reshaping Community through Smart, Mindful Development

Increase in the quality and diversity of jobs citywide

Increase in housing citywide

Increase in housing affordable to all income bands

Preservation strategies in place for naturally-occurring affordable housing

Comprehensive Plan (Burien 2044), Transportation Master Plan, Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan, Economic Development Action Plan approved

Increased development potential for commercially-zoned properties

Middle housing zoning in place

Urban Center and 1st Ave S mixed use/commercial zoning in place

Ambaum and Boulevard Park zoning in place

Design standards for residential/commercial sites in neighborhood centers in place

Affordable housing monitoring staff capacity and systems in place through SKHHP

Integrated, online permit system/customer service system launched and supported

Increase in number and valuation of commercial development permits issued

Increase in sales tax revenue

New housing development that meets community needs

More development for government-owned lands in the pipeline

How was the Strategic Plan developed?

The strategic planning process was a collaborative effort between the Burien City Council and City of Burien staff. Feedback from community gathered through public workshops and the Community Survey guided the strategic planning process. See Background below for more details.

How will the Plan be implemented?

The Strategic Plan will be central in guiding our actions and investments in the coming years, helping us:

  • Stay focused on what is most important, keeping community priorities in front of elected officials and City staff, partners, and community members
  • Establish aligned efforts across the City organization
  • Prioritize the use of resources, guiding staff development on budget proposals and framing the City Council’s adoption of a final budget

Progress will be regularly reviewed by the City Council and the City’s Leadership Team and updates will be shared with the community.

Burien Community Vision

A vibrant and creative community, where the residents embrace diversity, celebrate arts and culture, promote vitality, and treasure the environment.

Our Five-year Vision

In the next five years, as a result of our efforts we will see:

  • Smart, mindful development that equitably accommodates growth
  • Equal access to opportunity and quality of life
  • Resources to meet our community’s level-of-service needs
  • Informed, engaged, connected, diverse community
  • A sustainable budget that accounts for future growth
  • Root causes of homelessness addressed and housing in place for all

Our Obstacles

We recognize that we are blocked from our vision by:

  • Undefined and differing priorities about level-of-service standards
  • Limited public awareness of how government works and the need to partner externally in many areas
  • Ineffective and outdated systems
  • Limited revenue sources, fear about affordability, and honesty about what we need to fund core services
  • Incomplete and outdated approaches to community engagement
  • Ineffective ways of hearing from our diverse community


The City Council adopted a four-year strategic plan in 2016, with updates in 2017 and 2018. The priorities that were identified included nurturing a safe, healthy, and dynamic community and supporting a strong City organization.

In 2021, the City Council approved budget for strategic planning. Creative Strategy Solutions was hired to facilitate the strategic planning process.

City Council Special Meeting Materials