Update On Burien’s Future Community Recreation Center

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The slideshow above shows 3-D models of Burien’s proposed Community Recreation Center, and courtesy Burien Parks comes this update:

Several months ago the Burien City Council accepted the proposed Master Plan for the future Community Recreation Center. The Council also accepted a citizens committee recommendation that the timing for a bond measure was not favorable and to wait for a few years to do the project.

The committee also recommended that until such time as a bond measure can be placed on the ballot, existing recreation programs and the citizens using them would be better served by moving the current Burien Community Center operations to the Burien Library. As most everyone knows, the King County Library will relocate its Burien branch to its new building at Burien Town Square in early 2009. After the move, the former library building (which was purchased by the City in 2006) would be available for interim use as a new home for the Department’s recreation and senior programs and offices.

On November 17th, the Burien City Council agreed to:

  • Pursue funding and construction of the new Burien Community Recreation Center at a more favorable time;
  • Direct staff to secure the services of space planning and associated architectural consultants for the necessary remodel of the Burien library building in 2009;
  • Relocate recreation programs from the Burien Community Center, along with the Parks Department’s administrative offices, to the former Burien library building in 2010; and
  • The Parks Dept. should continue to manage and lease out the community center building on an interim basis to existing tenants and other groups.

The dream and plan for a new Community Recreation Center in Burien remains alive. It is the City’s intent to pursue the project at a more favorable time, most likely in 3-5 years. Until then, we will continue to work toward the goal of a new community recreation center for the citizens of Burien.

More information is available at the Burien Parks website.

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