Here’s Saturday’s Town Square Grand Opening Schedule
After years of talk, arguments, proposals, planning, an unusual public-private partnership, along with some recent art installations and polishing, the brand spankin’ new Burien Town Square, King County Library and Transit Center will all celebrate their grand openings this Saturday, June 13th beginning at 10am.
Here’s the schedule as received from the B-Town cityfolk themselves:
- 10am: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new Library/City Hall building at 400 SW 152nd Street will feature Federal, State and Local Dignitaries:
- Highline High School’s Pirate Marching Band, directed by Scott Babcock, will kick things off with celebratory music.
- Welcome by Burien Mayor Joan McGilton, and Bill Ptacek, King County Library System (KCLS) Director
- Remarks by Congressman Jim McDermott, 7th District
- Remarks by Congressman Adam Smith, 9th District
- Sheila Babb, Dep. State Dir.
- U.S. Senator Patty Murray
- Nate Caminos, King Co. Dir.
- U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell
- State Rep. Dave Upthegrove, 33rd District
- King County Council Chair Dow Constantine
- Dan Rosenfeld, Urban Partners
- Lucy Krakowiak, Burien City Council/KCLS Board
- Judge Richard Eadie, KCLS Board of Trustees
- Closing Remarks by Mayor McGilton
- Outside Entertainment:
- 11:15am-12:15pm: Mango Son: This seven-piece band cuts through the formalities to get you dancing while taking a fresh look at traditional Cuban son, Dominican merengue, cumbia and Venezuelan parranda.
- 12:15pm-1:15pm: The Toy Boats: These musicians will roam around and perform short sets around the venue. Their set includes Hungarian and French folk songs and a few original compositions, played on toy piano, concertina, ukulele, toy banjo, toy glockenspiel and toy percussion instruments.
- 1:15pm-2:00pm: Linda Severt: Perfect for a wide range of ages, this performer weaves circus stunts, music and puppets into hilarious, creative routines.
- Entertainment Inside the Library:
- 11:30am: Eric Ode: Eric Ode uses American Sign Language and other hand motions, body movement, finger-plays, children’s books, poems, puppets and props to teach, engage and entertain.
- 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Story Times: Please join us with your little ones for a 15-minute Story Time in the new Story Time room!
- New joint three-story, 58,000 square foot, $18 million King County Library and City Hall building
- A one-acre Town Square Park with grassy areas, crushed granite pathways, water features, and several pieces of artwork
- New streets, crosswalks and stop lights (but, far as we can tell, no new red light cameras…yet)
- Urban Partnersâ€™ condominium and retail building, which are BuiltGreen certified (free tours will be offered)
- Metroâ€™s new Burien Transit Center is nearby, located on SW 148th Street between 1st Avenue South and 4th Avenue SW.
And for those who have been living in a cave, here are the features of the new Burien Town Square:
This all came about through a partnership between the King County Library System and City of Burien. The new Burien Library occupies the lower two floors and the new city hall is located on the third floor. The $18 million library was funded as part of the $172 million library capital bond approved by voters in 2004 to finance major improvement projects at all KCLS libraries. The new library includes more books, music, movies, magazines, computers, space for children and teens, and community meeting space. On the top floor the City has its offices, work areas, conference rooms and a large public lobby. A large meeting room on the first floor will be used by both the library and the City for large meetings and will serve as the City Council Chambers.
Metro’s $12.5 million Burien Transit Center opened May 30th, with service on 12 Metro and Sound Transit bus routes. All of the boarding areas are now located off-street, enhancing safety for both transit customers and motorists in downtown Burien. The Transit Center also has 340 park-and-ride spaces and 24/7 monitored security.
Refreshments will be available, and the local business organization, Discover Burien, will be offering gift bags with coupon specials for event-goers who wish to enjoy an afternoon of dining and shopping at local Burien businesses.
This could be the biggest day for Burien since a guy named Mike Kelly wandered over a hill in the 1870s and found a “sunny dale.”