Burien Town Square, Burien, Washington

Urban Partners, LLC


1.5 acres
240,569 gross sf
148,828 sf residential
124 units
19,718 sf commercial
209 parking stalls
Completed in 2008


Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Planning

Leadership Team:

Beth Dwyer, Mark Sindell



"There was a rich history of community events in Burien's history, and this Town Square provides a new canvas for a wide variety of communal activity. The space acts as the heart of the new Burien."

Bill Gaylord, Principal in Charge of Burien Town Square

GGLO’s Landscape Architects led an extensive public process with multigenerational representatives of the community, City of Burien Planners, and Downtown Stakeholders that led to the creation of a year-round outdoor ‘living room’ and civic space for Burien. The centerpiece of a broader award winning Master Planning effort by GGLO that included pedestrian friendly streets and mixed-use development, the 1-acre urban park at the heart of the 5-acre “square” has been the catalyst for revitalization of  downtown main street.

Programming, features, and character of the urban park were based on a community-driven planning and visioning process to define a space reflective of the values, history, and future of Burien. Designed to connect residents of diverse ages, cultures and interests through a common venue for gathering and events, primary features include a performance area with stage, interactive water feature, seating, venue for the weekly farmer’s market, curbless pedestrian-focused streets, lighting, rain gardens, interpretive signage, and both iconic and integrated art.

Just a few years after opening, the Square is delivering on its promise of ‘Small Town, Big Charm’, now well established as a vibrant, year-round home to a thriving Farmer’s Market, Summer Concerts, Art events, and daily respite for residents, shoppers, neighbors and visitors.



2010 Puget Sound Regional Council – Vision 2040 Award

2009 American Planning Association of Washington – Implementation Award