OLYMPIA – The City of Burien will receive a $500,000 grant to renovate Seahurst Park, the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation announced today.
Mayor Noel Gibb will receive a symbolic grant award in the form of a giant check at the city council meeting at 7 p.m., Dec. 19, in Burien City Hall, 415 S.W. 150th St., Burien. Interagency Committee Board Member Karen Daubert and Shakti Hawkins, the King County outreach coordinator for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) will present the check.
|The city will use the grant to help renovate the southern portion of Seahurst Park. Specifically, the grant will renovate a shoreline trail that links to the city's trail network, improve beach access for those of all abilities, provide an accessible bathroom, upgrade accessible parking stalls and pathways and renovate the picnic shelter.
Burien’s project was the top ranked project competing
| for Land and Water Conservation Fund grants, leading statewide among 18 other projects. The proposals went through a statewide competition that evaluated projects on need, design, renovation, project support and cost efficiencies.
“The renovation of Seahurst Park will improve the park's habitat value, while increasing use and enjoyment by the public,” said Mayor Gibb. “The facilities in this 30-year-old park are literally crumbling away. Many features are severely degraded and no longer usable. This grant will go a long way in helping us make this one of the great parks on Puget Sound.”
The grant is managed by the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation and funded by the federal government mostly from the sale or lease of off-shore oil and gas resources. It was one of only eight given this year in Washington. In all, the Interagency Committee awarded $2.3 million in grants to buy land and develop outdoor facilities, including parks and trails.
"This is a significant grant and Burien should be proud of its staff for bringing $500,000 into the community,” said Laura Johnson, director of the Office of the Interagency Committee. "Seahurst Park is one of the largest waterfront parks between Tacoma and Seattle. It’s important that we preserve these special places and ensure that they will be in good condition for future generations."