On Thursday, May 17, the City of Burien held a Community Meeting about Eagle Landing Park at City Hall to discuss issues about the failed stairs, as well as listen to public comments.
The meeting – held one night after a resident-driven one – included a presentation from Parks Director Steve Roemer on the current status of the stairs, the park’s history, area geology, issues of concern and options being considered.
City Manager Brian Wilson served as host, with geotech consultant Galan McInelly and Public Works Director Maiya Andrews also present.
There was also extensive public comment from residents, including John White, who has been leading an effort by neighbors to save the stairs, as well as attempting to get the city to admit to stormwater drainage issues, which he says is a major contributing factor to landslides in the area that are likely responsible for the stairs’ failure.
The meeting lasted around 90 minutes, included some interesting and challenging comments from residents, and ended with Wilson’s promise to hold at least one more meeting to discuss potential next steps for the park.
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