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Welcome to the History of Burien's Parks
Learn more about the histories of Burien's parks ... their stories are very much the story of Burien, a community shaped by loggers, homesteaders, and even a railroad known as the Toonerville Trolley.

The City of Burien manages numerous park properties in addition to the Burien Community Center, Skate Park, and the Moshier Community Art Center. The City maintains over 300 acres of parks and open space on behalf of its citizens. If you have questions about any of the city's parks, contact us at (206) 988-3700.

Get information on the individual histories of Burien's Parks.

General Background
Read a brief overview of the history of the Burien Parks.
General Background

Project Background
This project was developed through a Heritage Special Projects Program grant funded by 4Culture and with the assistance of the Highline Historical Society. Burien Parks and Recreation is very appreciative of their support.
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Early Settlers
View photos of some of the early settlers mentioned in our history pages.
Early Settlers

Hillgrove Cemetery
While it is not a city park and is located in SeaTac, the Hillgrove Cemetery is the resting place of many pioneer families from the Manhattan Park area of Burien.
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Researcher and Source Information
Get information on the researcher for this project as well as some of the sources used.
Researcher and Source Information

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