Mathison Park Renovation To Include Interpretive Trails & New Playground; Completion Expected In December

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Burien’s Mathison Park, located at 425 SW 144th Street, includes 5.3 acres of forested open space on the east side of town, with the only problem being that visitors could only experience the one acre initially developed and accessible.

Since August, the park has been undergoing some serious renovations, including 100+ goats munching brush away (see our video coverage here), and more recently some serious earthwork and grading to establish a new trail system and playground.

The expected completion date is December, and once open, visitors will be able to walk along meandering trails, enjoy views of Mount Rainier and learn about the park’s flora and fauna through a series of interpretive panels. Along the trail people can rest on a trailside bench or take in a view from several overlooks or picnic sites.

For the kids, the addition of a new playground will be a welcome enhancement.

An additional element of the project is the removal of substantial amounts of invasive plant species (thanks goats!) and the re-establishment of native plants, especially along the trail corridors. The final touches will include interpretive signage throughout the trail system.

Design of the park expansion was provided by KPG and the construction contractor is L.W. Sundstrom Inc.

Funding for this project has been provided by the State of Washington’s Wildlife and Recreation Program, the King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant program, along with City of Burien capital improvement program funds.

Here’s a sketch of the project siteplan (click to view full image):

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