Once Considered “Scary,” Dottie Harper Park Will Light Up Dec. 20th; Here’s How You Can Help

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Burien’s Dottie Harper Park, located at SW 146th and 4th Ave SW, was identified during last summer’s “Burien Walkabout” 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 “fear factor” of sitting or strolling through it, and provide more performance options in the future.

Burien Parks' Steve Roemer, Myron Clinton, and Ray Helms.

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.  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?  Why is Burien a Dynamite Community?!
Because everyone pitched in and helped!!!  People didn’t form “focus groups” they just rolled up their sleeves and got to work!  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.  Burien Arts has exciting future light plans but will reveal those later.  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.  Your donation is tax-deductible, and can be made here: www.burienarts.org or via phone at 206-244-7808.

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6 Responses to “Once Considered “Scary,” Dottie Harper Park Will Light Up Dec. 20th; Here’s How You Can Help”
  1. In the photos digging a trench for the electrical conduit are Burien Parks Dept. employees Steve Roemer, Myron Clinton, and Ray Helms.

  2. tripC says:

    This is the kind of volunteerism I like to see, and would be proud to be part of in this city. This cost the city and taxpayers (as it seems) very little- if anything, yet will most likely make an impact in everyday lives. I know it will for me, as I too feel uneasy walking in and around Dottie Harper park at night. I often sour on the projects involving government agencies, it seems they often are overly expensive, overly bureaucratic and miss the underlying mark. Good job guys.

  3. TcB says:

    I had no idea this was happening and will be at work for the last push.. but this is great. I know someone who will be very happy now to walk through there without a flashlight and a fearful thought on the way to the bus.

  4. kathy says:

    I would like to let people know that this is not a permanent lighting scheme. It is holiday lights in the trees around the stage. Neither the city nor BA is installing wayfinding or safety light fixtures. Installing power is obviously the first step but you should let the city know you want permanent lighting that can make the park not only safe but a place that can be used for events.

  5. Paul says:

    This has been a long time in the works and I am excited for Burien and Burien Arts. May this become something we all look forward to every year.

  6. CC says:

    It would be nice if the lights could stay year-round. The last time my kids were in that dank place a dandy fellow citizen dropped his pants to show off for them. And it IS the last time they were there. Or ever will be…..

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