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Seahurst Park sets record for worldwide International Coastal Cleanup

Seahurst Park sets record for worldwide International Coastal Cleanup

On the last Saturday of summer (Sept. 16), Seahurst Park was overflowing with beach combers and record breakers. Luckily, friends and neighbors abided by the rule that the only thing you take... [Read more]

‘Needle Pick-Up’ event will be held at Dottie Harper Park this Saturday

‘Needle Pick-Up’ event will be held at Dottie Harper Park this Saturday

A ‘Needle Pick-Up’ event will be held this Saturday, Sept. 2, starting at 4 p.m. at Burien’s Dottie Harper Park. The goal is to scan the park and safely remove and dispose of any needles... [Read more]

Environmental Science Center needs help cleaning Seahurst Park Beach Sept. 16

Environmental Science Center needs help cleaning Seahurst Park Beach Sept. 16

Marine debris is a serious problem, but you can help – Burien’s Environmental Science Center needs Volunteers to help clean up Seahurst Park Beach on  Saturday, Sept. 16. This open event will... [Read more]

VIDEO: Students, staff, alums & others help clean up Highline High School

VIDEO: Students, staff, alums & others help clean up Highline High School

Highline Public Schools released this video, showing students, alums, staff, and other volunteers helping to paint, weed, landscape and clean Highline High School on Friday, May 20: “The support... [Read more]

Volunteers needed for ‘International Coastal Cleanup’ at Seahurst Sept. 12

Volunteers needed for ‘International Coastal Cleanup’ at Seahurst Sept. 12

Volunteers are needed to join Environmental Science Center staff & friends at Seahurst Beach in Burien on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. – Noon for the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup. “Turn... [Read more]

Volunteers still needed for three upcoming Miller Creek cleanups

Volunteers still needed for three upcoming Miller Creek cleanups

Volunteers are needed to help cleanup Miller Creek at S. 144th Street on three upcoming dates:  Friday, Aug. 21 Friday, Sept. 18 Friday, Oct. 23 …plus fall events at Walker Preserve! Join your... [Read more]

PODCAST: SoKing News May 8, 2015 – SeaTac Cleanup & more

PODCAST: SoKing News May 8, 2015 – SeaTac Cleanup & more

The premiere episode of SoKing News’ first-ever Newscast on May 8, 2015: Our latest Podcast!  Read More →

Cleanup plan revised for Sea-Tac Airport sites in Burien and SeaTac

Cleanup plan revised for Sea-Tac Airport sites in Burien and SeaTac

The Port of Seattle announced on Wednesday (April 29) that it would remove or contain contaminated soil and sediment on its property at the former Lora Lake Apartments in Burien and nearby at Sea-Tac... [Read more]

Over 200 pounds of trash picked up during Seahurst Park cleanup last month

Over 200 pounds of trash picked up during Seahurst Park cleanup last month

Over 200 pounds of trash was collected throughout Seahurst Park on Friday, Feb. 20, with help from folks at the Environmental Science Center (ESC), the City of Burien, AVID students from Highline High... [Read more]

Volunteers needed for beach clean-up at Seahurst Park this Friday, Feb. 20

Volunteers needed for beach clean-up at Seahurst Park this Friday, Feb. 20

Volunteers are needed to join the Environmental Science Center (ESC) and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (PSKA) for a beach clean-up at Seahurst Park this Friday, Feb. 20, from Noon-3 p.m. Meet at the Coral... [Read more]

State will start cleaning up Burien’s Lora Lake sites; Ecology seeking comment

State will start cleaning up Burien’s Lora Lake sites; Ecology seeking comment

Burien’s Lora Lake area will finally get cleaned up, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology. Ecology officials announced Monday (Oct. 21) that they will start removing some toxins... [Read more]

Order Amended to Speed Cleanup of Lora Lake Apartment Site in Burien

Order Amended to Speed Cleanup of Lora Lake Apartment Site in Burien

An amendment to a legal agreement between the Department of Ecology and the Port of Seattle will speed cleanup of the Lora Lake Apartments site in Burien (map below), according to an announcement released... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Dept. of Ecology’s Progress on Dottie Harper Park Soil Cleanup

PHOTOS: Dept. of Ecology’s Progress on Dottie Harper Park Soil Cleanup

The Washington State Department of Ecology has been working on cleaning up the soil in Burien’s Dottie Harper Park, and we found an update on their website. “This work is part of the Soil Safety... [Read more]

Dottie Harper Park to be Cleaned of Contaminated Soil Starting this Week

Dottie Harper Park to be Cleaned of Contaminated Soil Starting this Week

Last week, it was the scene of a community lantern festival called Arts-A-Glow, where dozens of families and children frolicked in the woods. This week, Burien’s Dottie Harper Park will be one of seven area parks being cleaned up…

Your Group Could Earn $$ For Cleaning Up Cigarette Butts In Area Parks

Your Group Could Earn $$ For Cleaning Up Cigarette Butts In Area Parks

Public Health – Seattle & King County wants our Readers to know that they are awarding mini-grants worth $750 for community groups who participate in parks clean-up events between now and the end... [Read more]

REMINDER: Beautify Burien & Celebrate Art During Clean Sweep Saturday

REMINDER: Beautify Burien & Celebrate Art During Clean Sweep Saturday

REMINDER: Burien’s 13th annual ‘Clean Sweep’ will be held from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. this coming Saturday, April 30th, and new this year will include a Scavenger Hunt for volunteers celebrating... [Read more]

Two Park Cleanups Going On In Burien This Weekend

Two Park Cleanups Going On In Burien This Weekend

As is usually the case in Burien, there are volunteer park cleanups going on this weekend, with two of note: 1. SHOREWOOD PARK: Saturday 8/14/10, 10 am-12 pm: The Shorewood event is scheduled at Shorewood... [Read more]

Two Park Cleanings This Weekend: Shorewood & Eagle Landing Park

Two Park Cleanings This Weekend: Shorewood & Eagle Landing Park

We predict that, like many recent seasonal changes, this weekend will suddenly feel like summer has arrived. Therefore, it’s going to be a great time to be outside, and what better way than by helping... [Read more]

Hard Work Allows For Nice Memorial Day At Historic Pioneer Cemetery

Hard Work Allows For Nice Memorial Day At Historic Pioneer Cemetery

Story & Photos Courtesy Carmen Scott Des Moines Historical Society Many of the pioneer families of the Des Moines, Burien, Sunnydale, SeaTac and Highline areas are represented at the historic Hillgrove... [Read more]

Three Ways To End National Volunteer Week & Earth Week This Weekend

Three Ways To End National Volunteer Week & Earth Week This Weekend

We hope all our Readers have found some way to commemorate National Volunteer Week and/or Earth Week this week; if not, here are three ideas on things you can do to lend a hand locally this weekend: 1.... [Read more]

Volunteers Needed For Miller Creek Stream Restoration This Saturday, Oct. 17th

Volunteers Needed For Miller Creek Stream Restoration This Saturday, Oct. 17th

The first salmon of the season on Miller Creek was sighted last Saturday at the Cove in Normandy Park, and stream steward Dennis Clark is putting the call out for volunteers this Saturday (Oct. 17th) to... [Read more]

Grown Men Play In Woods, Remove Debris For Salmon

Grown Men Play In Woods, Remove Debris For Salmon

by Dennis Clark Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward On Monday (Sept. 21st), a merry band of men who never lost their childhood sense of joy in playing in streams set off down Miller Creek in Burien and Normandy... [Read more]

Shorewood Park Cleanup Is Saturday From 10am-Noon

Shorewood Park Cleanup Is Saturday From 10am-Noon

This month’s Shorewood cleanup event is scheduled at Shorewood Park on Saturday, June 20th from 10am – 12 pm.

Please just show up if you’re interested – bring pruners and gloves if you have them…

Fox Creek Litter Removal & Ivy Control Is Sat. May 16th

Fox Creek Litter Removal & Ivy Control Is Sat. May 16th

Last fall, a hardy band of volunteers ventured down into the ravine beneath the Sylvester Road bridge in Normandy Park, where they worked to clear hundreds of pounds of garbage around Fox Creek, a tributary stream to Miller Creek. While these folks removed most of the trash, some remains, and more hardy souls are requested to help haul the rest of this garbage out this Saturday, May 16th between 9am and 11am.

There is also an abundance of invasive English ivy that has grown up many of the trees. If left unchecked, this invasive weed will kill the trees and deprive the stream of the benefits they provide. Volunteers will girdle the ivy at the base of the trees, greatly extending their lives.

So, once again the call goes out to watershed citizens who will brave the steep slopes of Fox Creek ravine to care for this ecological resource and improve water quality downstream…