Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.
The City of Burien will use this grant to replace a non-compliant, mixed age group playground with separated youth and tot playgrounds in Lake Burien School Memorial Park. The City also will create pathways accessible to people with disabilities. Lake Burien Park is home to the historic Lake Burien Elementary School, which elementary aged children and underserved families throughout the community use. As fourth densest city in Washington, Burien exceeds King County and Washington State averages for people of color, special needs, body mass, and mortality. Maintaining quality, accessible parks for all ages and all abilities is important to maintaining a healthy community. Burien will contribute more than $1 million in cash and another grant.