Burien Parks Hits Home Run With Family Campout At Seahurst Park

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This past weekend the north shoreline at Seahurst Park sprouted a colorful collection of all shapes and sizes. Not sea life or flowers this time though, instead the park played host to a small village of tents.

The occasion was the first annual Family Campout hosted by Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services in partnership with REI.

The event was dreamed up by Parks staffers as part of their “Get Wild”campaign for National Park & Recreation Month.

For a $35 registration fee, thirty families got use of a tent, sleeping bags, pads and a patch of Seahurst Park lawn to call home for a night.

During the day on Saturday REI put on camping-related demonstrations and Green Trails Maps conducted a map and compass workshop. Once the sun went down, two volunteer astronomers hosted a star gazing party.

Burien Parks provided the essentials for s’mores Saturday evening and a continental breakfast Sunday morning, but participants brought along their own drinks, water, snacks and dinner.

“The event was a huge success. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun and enjoy themselves,” said Burien Parks’ Casey Stanley, who also spent the night in the park. “We are definitely going to plan a couple more for next year!”

“The whole atmosphere was wonderful. Families relaxing, a diverse group of people, young and old alike and everyone just enjoying being there,” declared Michael Lafreniere, Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services for the City of Burien. “Casey did a wonderful job putting this together and I’m so proud of the work done by the staff on this new program. The partnership and support from REI was superb.”

All we can say is, we can’t wait to live-blog from one of next year’s camping events!

BTB’s Michael Brunk stopped by around sunset and shot a few photos. You can click on the thumbnails in this gallery to view large images.

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2 Responses to “Burien Parks Hits Home Run With Family Campout At Seahurst Park”
  1. HairFarmer says:

    What a wonderful idea! I wish I had known about it. Count me in for next year. Keep up the positive community stuff.

  2. Robbie Howell says:

    I love this story. It is a modern safe way to camp out in Seahurst Park. Many years ago before Seahurst Beach became a park, the kids used to follow a steep trail to the beach and camp out there. The beach isn’t much different than it was in those days but the times are different and the campers need the protection of adults. The Burien Parks Department did a great job putting this together.

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