Soon They’ll Be Making A Splash In Burien Town Square!

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Town Square visitors couldn't resist the cool water on a sunny Friday in Burien!

Story & Photos by Michael Brunk

Later this summer, Burien Town Square will become a popular destination for residents looking for a fun way to beat the heat. The city will soon be turning on the splash pool located in the park not far from the main entrance to the library.

We met up with city staffers to get a sneak peak at the pool in operation this past Friday. As soon as the water started pumping just about everyone in Town Square was drawn to the pool, and more than a few couldn’t resist taking advantage of the cool spray on a beautiful sunny day.

Unfortunately, this was just a brief test of the system and the water – and fun – was soon turned off.

Michael Lafreniere, director of Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, tells us that the city still has a few items to check off before the splash pool can be officially opened to the public. The biggest outstanding item is securing the county health permit.

The pool has a variety of sprays that cycle off and on in a random pattern

Because people will be playing in water from the spray, the health department requires a permit just as if this were a full-sized pool. The pumps and water quality must also be constantly checked and the city is still finishing up the system that will allow remote monitoring.

Until those steps are closer to being completed, Lafreniere couldn’t give us a firm date for the opening but he was confident that it will happen this summer.

I don’t think we’re going out on a limb here saying that this will be a very cool “hot spot” in Burien Town Square once the days warm up and the water starts flowing!

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