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Burien Community Center (Annex and Skate Park)
425 SW 144th Street
4.8 acres

The following history is an abridged text. For more information, view the full document.

Now known simply as "The Annex", the former home of the Burien Community Center lies next to the former Crosby Road, now known as SW 146th Street). In the early 1900s, Homer Crosby came to the Highline area and built the road from Ambaum Boulevard to First Avenue South. Crosby, one of the area's early residents, also worked on the construction of Ambaum Boulevard using "donkey engines" to do much of the heavy work of hauling logs, moving earth, and carving out a roadbed.

The Annex property was farm and residential land until Chelsea Park Elementary School was built there. The school was constructed in 1947-48 to relieve overcrowding at Lake Burien, Hazel Valley, and Sunnydale Elementary Schools. The growth of the Highline School District - “favorably known” nationwide - was one of the biggest factors in attracting home-seekers to the South End.

Chelsea Park School closed in 1976. It then became known as the Highline Community Center and was managed by the King County Parks Department. This change was brought about by the countywide Forward Thrust program of the late 1960s, through renovation of this surplus elementary school site. Once the City of Burien incorporated, ownership of the buildings and grounds transferred to the City and it became the Burien Community Center. For many years it served as the offices of the Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department.

In 2010, the City relocated the Department to the former Burien Library building which the City had acquired several years earlier. The library building was repurposed as a new home for the Community Center's operations and offices for the Department, and with that, it became the new Burien Community Center. This left the former building in need of a new name, and it was then renamed the Community Center Annex, or simply "The Annex".

Continue on to learn about the current use of The Annex.

14700 6th Avenue SW   /  Burien, WA 98166  /  Ph: (206) 988-3700  /  Fax: (206) 243-2784
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