June 16, 2018

City Parks Cooperates with Jurisdictions to Provide Stormwater Education.  StormFest, a 6th Grade experiential learning activity at Des Moines Creek Park on June 13 and 14, was engaging, cooperative and fun.  Local cities and Highline Public Schools structured curriculum and logistics for 1100 6th graders to attend a well-organized, interesting, outdoor environmental learning experience.  Students explored their local watershed from the “Drain Rangers” curriculum.  Lessons focused on stormwater pollution and management, salmon recovery, water quality, environmental stewardship, and green building.  Burien teamed with Normandy Park, Des Moines, Sea Tac and King County to secure grants and produce the event.  Employees from all the jurisdictions were able to combine efforts to secure a Port of Seattle Environmental Grant, as well as a Department of Ecology grant, to offer this environmental field trip.  In addition to the challenges of a large student population, many students did not speak English, so the entire event was translated into Farsi, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, and Dari for those students who needed a bit of extra help.



Brian Wilson, Burien City Manager and Maiya Andrews,

Burien Public Works Director

Tony Smith, Normandy Park Public Works


Amanda Leon, Normandy Park Parks Director




Mark E. Hoppen, City Manager

City of Normandy Park

801 SW 174th Street

Normandy Park, WA  98166

(206) 248-8246 (Direct Phone)