Rhododendron Park Acquisition

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

This project is to acquire the Beckstrom Rhododendron Nursery property as a new neighborhood park in an underserved area of Burien. Burien’s Parks Master Plan identified the need for 48 acres, or 6-12 new neighborhood parks equitably distributed throughout the city. The nursery property is a rare opportunity to help us meet our goals by providing a new 6-acre park in a neighborhood that currently has no park resources of any kind. The six acres of gently sloping undeveloped land is nestled in the heart of an established neighborhood. The property is located on a residential street in the center of the service area with excellent access for the target population. The site would serve as a local neighborhood park intended for users within 1/2 mile. Being situated in the center of the service area, there is excellent walk-to access (10 min.) for most of the users. Those driving to the site will have easy access to on-site parking. A concept plan has been developed for the site. Park amenities would include a playground, sport court, picnic area, play meadow, walking paths, stream access, natural area, and parking. Competition for this site with a developer has caused us to partner with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to secure this property. The developer’s written offer undermined our original offer, but our partnership with TPL will allow us to secure the property pending grant funding.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Burien Parks & Recreation Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 421350 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 33 Status: Not Implemented RCO Project # 04-1279

Location Details

From State Route 509 or State Route 518 take the 148th Street exit. Turn left (south) on 1st Avenue South. Proceed south to South 168th Street. Turn left (east) on South 168th Street. Proceed two blocks to entrance of park property, on right side of road, east of 257 South 168th Street.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.