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WABI on the beach, Weds., August 19

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Come join WABI Weekday Walkers on the third Wednesday of August (August 19) for a  classic summer walk through cool forest, ending on the beach. We will return to  Normandy Park’s southernmost park, on Marine View Drive between SW 208th Street and SW 211th Street. Depending on what map you use, this park is variously called Normandy Beach Park, Marine View Park, or Nature View Park (not to be confused with Nature Trails Park). The walk will be about an hour on both paved and dirt trails. Be prepared for mud, steep elevation, and stairs. Normandy Park has done a great job of constructing a paved, switchbacked trail, ending in a sturdy staircase with beautiful Sound views. There are about 100 steps (versus 257 for Eagle Landing Park in Burien). Meeting Time and Location Date: Wednesday, August 19 Time:  Please arrive 5- 10 minutes early so we can leave promptly at 9:00 am. Meeting Place:  There is ample parking at the entrance to the park, on Marine View Drive between SW 208th Street and SW 211th Street. If headed south on First Ave S. (509), turn right (west)  on SW 208th Street, head west for a couple short blocks, then turn left on Marine View Drive SW. You will see the park entrance on the right, just before...

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Cheer for Obliteride and Cancer Research

Posted on Aug 3, 2015

This coming Sunday, August 9, about 150 cyclists will be on Day 2 of their 150-mile bike ride, “Obliteride”, to raise money for cancer research at Fred Hutch. The route will be bringing them through Normandy Park and Burien, right by or near our houses. WABI Burien is organizing local folks to cheer the riders on. Let’s show them our city spirit. I want them to think “Wow! Burien is the most enthusiastic city along the whole route!” There are a couple of ways you can take part: Grab your cup of coffee and sit out in front of your house (if you live along the route), or anywhere else along the route, between 8:30 and 11:00 in the morning and applaud the riders as they go by. Go to one of the 4 cheering spots (on the attached map) and hang out with the group to encourage the riders. (WABI is still looking for a couple of people to head up cheering spots #3 and #4. Please get in touch if you’re interested in helping.) You may make a monetary donation toward cancer research at Fred Hutch. (It is, after all, a fundraiser.) We have a “WABI Burien” team if you wish to donate under our team name. We have a few orange cow bells, some...

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Got Art? Burien does! Come stroll the 3rd Annual Public Art Walk-n-Talk August 2

Posted on Jul 24, 2015

“Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.” – Marcel Proust What is Public Art in Burien?  It stands tall on a pedestal at your side, adds pattern and color to a painted wall and is embedded in the floor at your feet. Art is creative expression made visible through metal, glass, paint, paper, concrete… any material available to the artist. Come join the 3rd Annual Burien Public Art Walk-n-Talk as we begin the FIFTH year (!)...

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More Bike Racks Installed in Burien!

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

In March, when writing the Downtown Burien Bike Rack Project Wrap-up, there were still 6 bike racks awaiting installation. Since 2013, we had completed installation of 35 bike racks in the public right-of-way and on the few private properties that had participated. The last piece of the nearly 4-year-long project was installing those 6 bike racks in some of Burien’s busier parks. Yesterday I went from park to park mounting the sponsorship plaques on 5 of those 6. The remaining rack will be...

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Frequent Walker-Talker Hovers over Hopscotch

Posted on Jul 8, 2015

WABI’s Post-Fireworks Walk-n-Talk on July 5 started at the SeaTac Community Center then headed northwest to make a loop through North SeaTac Park. Seven frequent walkers came along and were joined by first-time Walk-n-Talker, SeaTac City Councilmember Pam Fernald. She walks every day with a co-worker on their lunch hour, and she wanted to explore their city’s park with WABI-ists. She said that she told their Parks Department, “We should do something like WABI’s Walk-n-Talks!” Once we made our way to the...

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Shorewood WABI Weekday Walk, Weds. July 15, 9 am

Posted on Jul 6, 2015

The WABI Weekday Walkers head north to see the beautiful Sound views of Shorewood.  We’ll visit a Burien park called (surprise) Shorewood Park that, despite its small size, has a lovely trail through the woods.  After strolling down to the water view, we’ll head back up the hill — be warned, it’s a bit steep.  Like all WABI walks, just take it at your own pace.  The walk is a little over 2 miles. Date: Wednesday, July 15,  2015 Time: ...

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Obliteride will be rolling through Burien on August 9

Posted on Jul 1, 2015

On Sunday, August 9, 2015, there will be a stream of 140-160 Obliteride cyclists rolling through Burien as they ride to raise funds for cancer research at Fred Hutch. Obliteride is more than a bike ride. It’s a movement to obliterate cancer. Half of all men and a third of all women in the U.S. will develop cancer during their lifetimes. Together as a community we are fighting back, aggressively raising money for cancer research. “This bike ride is a...

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Post-Fireworks Walk-n-Talk

Posted on Jul 1, 2015

Fourth of July weekend is full of hustle and bustle, but maybe you’d just like a walk in the park? Ahh, shady trails, quiet conversation and a babbling brook sound pretty nice after the “rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air”. For our Walk-n-Talk this weekend, on Sunday July 5, we’ll begin at the SeaTac Community Center and head north and west up to North SeaTac Park for a stroll on the trails. The park route provides a great study of native tree species...

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WABI Weekday Event on June 17 Cancelled

Posted on Jun 13, 2015

The WABI Weekday event to the “Bootlegger’s Trail” on Wednesday, June 17, has been cancelled.  Watch the WABI website for July’s weekday walk, always the third Wednesday of the month (July 15). For questions, comments and suggestions, please contact: Laura Kennedy Gould at or Maureen Hoffmann at

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Let’s Walk-n-Talk in Chelsea Park

Posted on Jun 5, 2015

It’s walking time again. Let’s head north from Burien Town Square to check out the transition from Spring to Summer in Chelsea Park. The last time we visited the neighborhood, we found these scenic gems: Dottie Harper Park, Burien Community Garden, white-painted tree trunks, Mortar House, Bird-House House, Stormwater Park, Green House, Purple House. What new things will we spot this time around? Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015 (Yep. Rain or shine.) Time: 2:00 meet-up. Walking starts at 2:15 Who: Walkers of every...

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Burien Bike Day, Friday May 15

Posted on May 10, 2015

Mark your calendar for Friday, May 15th and stop by the Burien Bike Day Commuter Support Station, from 6 am to 9 am. We’ll have coffee and goodies to keep your commute going! We’ll be at Burien Town Square Park, 400 SW 152nd St., just a couple of blocks southwest of the Burien Transit Center (Between the Burien Library and Town Square Condos). Whether you’re biking to work or simply toodling around town on two wheels (or even two feet), stop by and...

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Secrets of SeaTac Revealed! May 20, WABI Weekday

Posted on May 9, 2015

  Psst….SeaTac is more than the airport.  There are quiet suburban neighborhoods, views of Mt. Rainier, beautiful lakes, and even….a secret waterfall!  Come find out the secrets of SeaTac on the WABI Weekday Walk, May 20, the third Wednesday of the month.   This walk is so secret we can’t even publish a map, but we can tell you it’s fairly flat and will take about an hour. Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Time:  Meet 5-10 minutes before 9:00 so...

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Waterfall Walkers Enjoyed Discoveries

Posted on May 4, 2015

It was a gorgeous day yesterday for the 22 Walk-n-Talkers that gathered for a stroll along a new route. We all met up at the Recology Highline Store at 5 Corners and listened to Matt as he gave an overview of the organization, the store and the services provided. Most folks had not been into the store yet and were happily surprised by both the recycling/disposal options and the great array of eco and up-cycled products. The Recology Store offers a thoughtful selection containers,...

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Waterfall Walk-n-Talk for May

Posted on May 1, 2015

There’s a special meetup spot and new walking route for our May 2015 Walk-n-Talk! Come join us. We’ll meet at the Recology Store Highline for a tour and introduction to the great things they’re doing and the “green” eco products they offer, (including items made from old bicycle inner tubes and reassembled new/old bikes among many other things). From the store, we’ll walk south and east along a new Walk-n-Talk route, along Des Moines Memorial Drive, under 509 and through the Blakely...

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WABI Walkers Walk in Walker Preserve

Posted on Apr 15, 2015

In a triumph of alliteration, eleven WABI Walkers walked April 15 in the aptly named Walker Preserve.  We had a beautiful spring day to explore Walker Preserve, a lovely ravine park in Normandy Park.  (See earlier post for map and further description.)  The group included special guest Elissa Ostergaard, King County’s steward for the Miller-Walker Water Basin, who has led monthly ivy-pulling campaigns in the park.   She also is the organizer of CSI, no, not that one, this acronym...

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