Once Considered “Scary,” Dottie Harper Park Will Light Up Dec. 20th; Here’s How You Can Help
Burien’s Dottie Harper Park, located at SW 146th and 4th Ave SW, was identified during last summer’s â€œBurien Walkaboutâ€ with author Thomas Seiverts as an underused and “scary” place by some participants.
Recommendations included bringing “light” to the park, which would enhance it aesthetically as well as increase safety.
So a bunch of local folks teamed up and are bringing temporary holiday lights to the park, with an official “lighting up” ceremony set for Sunday, Dec. 20th at 4pm.
Also, volunteers are needed to help install the lights on Wednesday, Dec. 16th, from 10am to 4pm.
BTB Reader Sybil Davis tells us via email that:
Dottie Harper Park is used by people of all ages, and creative lighting of it might make it much more inviting, take away the â€œfear factorâ€ of sitting or strolling through it, and provide more performance options in the future.
What did the city do?
They provided expertise, skill, time and equipment and trenched down to the amphitheater!
What did Burien Arts do?
They organized and facilitated everything. Â Found the BEST VOLUNTEER in the world in Jacob Daley, of Always Solid Electric who laid the electrical and did all the electrical work!
Who else helped? Â Why is Burien a Dynamite Community?!
Because everyone pitched in and helped!!! Â People didn’t form “focus groups” they just rolled up their sleeves and got to work! Â It was impressive!
Kathy Justin designed a basic first year affordable light design for Burien Arts.
Home Depot and McLendon’s gave support, and ACE Hardware pulled out all the stops to get lights for Burien Arts.
The entire Burien Arts board of directors is donating money to buy the lights, and all have donated time.
What’s the result?
Lights On! in Dottie Harper Park on Sunday, Dec. 20th!
At 4 pm we will plug in the lights over the amphitheater in Dottie Harper Park. Now when you stroll through the park between the hours of 4-9pm Thursday through Sunday there will be a cozy bower of lights overhead in the middle of the Park. Â Burien Arts has exciting future light plans but will reveal those later. Â This is just the first step.
Please note that these are just temporary holiday lights for now.
What do we need?
- Volunteers to help us hang the lights this Wed. Dec. 16th 10 am to 4 pm
- Performers to sing or play music at 4 pm on Sunday, Dec. 20th – to help celebrate the fact that now we have Lights!
- Donations to Burien Arts to help defray the electric bill we’ll have to pay. Â Your donation is tax-deductible, and can be made here: www.burienarts.org or via phone at 206-244-7808.