At 9 p.m., on February 27, 1993, community members began a celebration counting down to midnight when Burien would officially become a city. Thirty years later, Burien has doubled in population and size, becoming one of the most culturally diverse communities in the Puget Sound. This year, as we celebrate Burien’s 30th anniversary as a city, we will be looking back at Burien’s history while at the same time creating a shared vision for our future.
In this issue, we bring you updates on major City government initiatives and programs. You will read what community had to say during the first phase of Shape Your City, a major planning effort to guide the future of land use, housing, parks and recreation, public art, and transportation for the next two decades. We also share how the $10.8 million Burien received from the American Rescue Plan Act will support local pandemic recovery.
This issue showcases major public and private construction projects occurring in Burien and announces a new online permit activity map on the City’s website.
You will find stories that highlight new programs and regulations designed to help protect Burien’s trees and support the ambitious goal of growing Burien’s urban forest canopy to cover at least 40 percent of the city by 2038. We also give you an update on Burien’s first Climate Action Plan, sharing progress made so far and ways for community to get involved.
In the print issue, we are also happy to bring back an abbreviated Recreation Guide to the Burien Magazine. Check out some of the featured classes and programs offered at the Burien Community Center and Moshier Art Center.
On this website, find more stories and the full recreation guide to events, programs, and classes. You will also find online the full magazine issue, with stories translated into Spanish and Vietnamese.