Bethaday Community Learning Space (BCLS) is conveniently nestled inside of King County’s Dick Thurnau Memorial Park. With breathtaking sunsets and a spectacular venue, we offer the most romantic wedding celebrations. From an intimate 40-acre park setting to a majestic wedding space, our gorgeous Silver LEED Certified facility creates a memorable ambiance for your celebration. Our space is rich with modern architecture, natural and modern textiles with everything from wood planked walls, fire hose walls, cement slab flooring, roll up garage doors, and earthy decor. This chic and refined facility is flexible and able to accommodate the unique requirements for your special event.
BCLS was built in 2012 through an innovative public/private partnership between King County and Technology Access Foundation (TAF), a nonprofit with a mission to equip students of color for success in college and life through the power of an interdisciplinary STEM education and supportive relationships. King County provided the land, donated funding towards the project, and the opportunity for BCLS to be built in the Dick Thurnau Memorial Park. All proceeds earned through BCLS rentals go directly towards TAF operations to support students in STEM education.
Dick Thurnau was an activist, amateur historian, and a recognizable face in the White Center community. He used his love of history to help in the restoration of Lake Hicklin located in Lakewood Park near his home. Dick played an integral role in the development of TAF’s Bethaday Community Learning Space. With unbreakable commitment and stanch support of TAF, he was there every step of the way through the construction of BCLS.
In 2015, Lakewood Park was renamed Dick Thurnau Memorial Park in honor of a great man who advocated for improvements in his local community. He will forever be part of the TAF family.