Celebrate Burien’s 25th Birthday at Community Center on Monday, Feb. 26

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Celebrate Burien’s 25th Birthday at Community Center on Monday, Feb. 26
February 26, 2018 5:00 pm
February 26, 2018 6:30 pm
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February 23, 2018
Burien Community Center
14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States


On Monday, Feb. 26, from 5 – 6:30 p.m., the City of Burien will celebrate its 25th birthday at the Community Center.

The City’s first Mayor – Dr. Arun Jhaveri, as well as current Mayor Jimmy Matta – will both speak.

And don’t worry if you can’t attend – The B-Town Blog will be streaming live video from the event on our Facebook page starting at 5 p.m. (NOTE: in order to view the live feed, you must “Like” our page).

The City officially turns 25 on Thursday, Feb. 28, and will be celebrating this milestone birthday throughout the year (perhaps by renting a car, since the minimum age is 25…?).

Its actual “birth date” was Feb. 28, 1993 after voter approval.

According to Historylink.org:

Although residents had rejected the idea four times before, unchecked growth, plans for a third runway at Sea-Tac Airport, and a proposal to build a floating bridge through the community generated new interest in becoming a city. The new city consists of approximately nine square miles between Seattle and Normandy Park and between the City of Seatac and Puget Sound and has a population of about 27,700.

Burien was named after pioneer Gottlieb Van Boorian whose name was misspelled to Burien. The idea of becoming a city was presented to voters four times including 1954, 1960, and 1984, but in each case they voted the measure down, the last time by a margin of three to one. The only direct political influence the unincorporated area had on local government was through a single member of the King County Council and the county executive.

Currently, Burien’s population is ~52,000, making it the state’s 24th largest city, just above Lacey (50,384).

To hear some great oral histories about the region from longtime residents, visit the Highline Historical Society here.

Here are some historical documents outlining the origins of our fine city (click images to see larger versions):




The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Ave SW: