City Manager Kamuron Gurol gives some kids a spin on the new playground equipment.

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer On Wednesday (July 22), City of Burien leadership – along with officials from around the region – celebrated the newly-renovated Dottie Harper Park Playground, as well as a new roof on the Burien Community Center. On hand to celebrate were Michael Lafreniere, Parks Director, Mayor Lucy Krakowiak, Jack Peters, Director, Region 10, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Mark Ellerbrook, Manager, King County Regional Housing & Community Development, Steve Roerm, Parks Development & Operations Manager, Councilmember Nancy Tosta and about 20 or so kids from the nearby ‘From Roots to Wings’ daycare center. A ribbon was cut, and as if on cue, a bunch of excited kids ran out and started playing, as evidenced in this video: [youtube][/youtube] The two projects came about through a partnership between the City of Burien and King County Community Development Block Grant Program. Both were funded through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of Burien. Burien’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan, adopted in February 2012, had identified this playground as being in need of replacement. Safety and accessibility standards for playgrounds have evolved over the years, and the PaRCS Department has sought to update the City’s various playgrounds as resources become available. In 2013, the Burien City Council authorized the upgrades to this playground and added it to the City’s Park & General Government Capital Improvement Program. At the same time, PaRCS staff began exploring the potential for grant funding, and focused on a traditional, competitive source for such projects: the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Administered by King County, the CDBG grant program provides funding for areas that meet certain income characteristics. The project was selected and the City was awarded a $195,000 grant. The City also allocated $10,000 of City funds for the improvements. The new playground was designed by a local firm, LA Studio, LLC and constructed by Sundstrom, Inc. The new playground provides several climbing rocks, spinner, slide and swings: P1100896 P1100875 P1100872 P1100879 P1100884 [caption id="attachment_88455" align="aligncenter" width="490"]P1110034 Michael Lafreniere, Parks Director.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_88451" align="aligncenter" width="490"]P1100986 Mayor Lucy Krakowiak.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_88452" align="aligncenter" width="490"]P1110028 Jack Peters, Region 10, US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_88453" align="aligncenter" width="490"]P1110043 Mark Ellenbrook, Manager, King County Regional Housing & Community Development.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_88454" align="aligncenter" width="490"]P1110077 Steve Roemer, Parks Development & Operations Manager.[/caption]]]>