He has created an atmosphere in his restaurant where hospitality and high-quality customer service have made many local community members view his restaurant as a beloved “third place” gathering space.
Nancy Salguero McKay has been helping preserve the Highline area’s history for almost 18 years. Starting as a volunteer, she became a paid employee, working part-time with a cohort of volunteers to collect artifacts and oral histories, and document the histories of Burien, SeaTac, Normandy Park, Des Moines, and White Center.
After two years of isolation imposed by the pandemic, we are feeling hopeful as our community is building new welcoming spaces for people to gather. In this issue we highlight several new community centers that have either opened in the past year or will be opening very soon.
It’s been a challenging two years. Public health guidelines intended to keep people safe from a deadly disease meant community centers, like the Burien Community Center, had to close their doors to the public.
A beloved and long-standing institution, the Moshier Art Center has provided affordable studio spaces and classes to the Highline community for decades.
Para los Niños is celebrating almost twenty years in Burien. Started by a group of Latina mothers to help other Latino families struggling to navigate the Highline Public Schools system, the nonprofit organization has grown and expanded, and now offers youth programs, public health services, civic engagement programs, and adult learning.
Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, in 2021, the Discover Burien team proceeded with clearing out a space previously used for classes, purchasing equipment, and hiring staff to manage the “The Box” Makerspace, Highline area’s first publicly accessible maker space.