For almost two years, we have had to keep our distance to protect ourselves and our loved ones from a deadly virus. Now that we’ve cautiously begun to emerge from the lonely isolation imposed by the pandemic, finding welcoming spaces to gather with community has never felt more urgent or necessary.
As your city government who manages hundreds of acres of public land and several government buildings, we recognize that we must work in partnership with our community to support 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.
You will also get a behind-the-scenes look at the downtown Burien office of our new storefront police officer and meet other individuals who work in Burien’s public safety system. Our new city councilmembers introduce themselves to the community, and you will learn about new policies and plans that aim to protect our local environment.
The past two years have been marked by a global pandemic and worsening weather events caused by climate change. Our community has felt these impacts deeply. We highlight how our community has continued to persevere and show up for each other during these challenging times.
And finally, we are introducing a new section with the latest news from the City. If you want to receive these headlines more frequently, subscribe to the Burien City News monthly email newsletter or follow us on social media.