P1090957-v Even this dog seemed to know that this giant check was some kind of “treat” for the new Burien Dog Park.[/caption] Late Tuesday afternoon (June 30), Burien Parks hosted a reception at the Community Center to honor donors and announce new sponsors of the Dog Park Project at Lakeview Park. At the dog-friendly event, major sponsorships were announced – to the tune of $30,000 barked up:

  • $20,000 from Beneful, a dog food company
  • $10,000 from Burien Chevrolet & Burien Toyota
This follows a $15,000 fundraising effort from the B-Town DOG volunteers, as well as $15,000 in matching funds from the City of Burien, for a grand total of $60,000 raised for the new park. As many of our Readers may recall, in 2013 Beneful sponsored a “Dream Dog Park” contest, in which B-Town DOG’s Kellie Bassen and her pooch Bailey were one of 14 finalists for a $500,000 prize. Unfortunately, they didn’t win, so this donation was an excellent consolation prize. Here’s the video entry Kellie submitted about a pirate-themed dog park idea: [youtube]https://youtu.be/XWKBrfAt1Dw[/youtube] “Beneful remembered the video and flew out to award us $20k for our dog park!!!!” Kellie said on Facebook. “They loved our pirate video! They did a pirate presentation for us. Also, Burien Toyota (Center of the Known World) came and presented a check for 10k!! I’m just speechless, and so full of gratitude.” The new Dog Park will be built at Lakeview Park, located at SW 160th Street and 6th Ave SW. This property was donated by Highline Public Schools. Pro-bono design work of the park was done by theLAStudio LLC, an architectural/design firm: DogParkDesign-P1100064 “We’ve been inspired by the hard work of the local dog park supporters and want to lend a paw in helping the community with their project,” a spokesperson for Beneful said. The event was hosted by Parks Development and Operations Manager Steve Roemer, and Councilmember Nancy Tosta also spoke. Roemer will do a presentation to the Burien City Council on July 20, with the hopes of moving up the construction of the dog park, which is currently slated for 2017. Here are some photos taken by Scott Schaefer (click images to see larger versions/slideshow): P1090933-b P1090943-b [caption id="attachment_87708" align="aligncenter" width="490"]Beneful-P1100020 Matt Basler (left, wearing eye patch) and Moronke Tyler from Beneful did a pirate-themed presentation for their $20,000 donation.[/caption] P1090913-b P1090915-b]]>