VIDEOS: Ice skater on frozen Lake Burien Friday morning


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Courtesy Daniel McTernan comes these videos shot Friday morning, Jan. 13, 2017, showing someone ice skating on a frozen Lake Burien:



EDITOR’S NOTE: Despite the freezing weather (and it will warm up considerably on Saturday), skating on lakes is still very dangerous, and both the King County Sheriff’s Office and National Weather Service warn against it:

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15 Responses to “VIDEOS: Ice skater on frozen Lake Burien Friday morning”
  1. Joshua davis says:

    I am an avid ice skater and hockey player. It would be nice if, as a Burien citizen, I actually had access to our public lake.

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    • Sophia says:

      The actual body of water called Lake Burien is public property. The fact that the land bordering it has been privatized and access is severely restricted is a clever way to “own” the lake and go around the law. The same situation exists for most of Burien’s coastline: the ocean is public, but try to get to it. Except for a couple of small locations, there is no access without trespass.
      Waterfront residents deserve their privacy, but some of Burien’s residents might also like to enjoy some time at the water. Many do not even know that Lake Burien exists. Other communities containing a lake have allocated its management to the Parks Department. What a shame there is no such compromise in Burien.

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    • JJ Greive says:

      We need public access to OUR lake. How our local government ever let this pubic resource become a private playground is disgraceful..

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      • Lee Moyer says:

        Where street rights of way butt up to water is public access. However, up until the 1970’s, it was possible for adjacent land owners to have the land vacated and purchase it. That was seen as putting useless land on the tax rolls. At that time this was a rural area and few were advocating for public access.
        To get public access the city would have to purchase private property.
        Without a public access site, it will be very difficult for rescue personal to gain access to that skater if the ice fails.

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    • anonymous says:

      it would be really nice at least for BURIEN citizens to access lake BURIEN, why is it lake BURIEN if Burien cant get to it unless you own the land, those waterside residents are only a TINY portion of all of the BURIEN residents. All residents should have access.

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  2. Out here on the edge says:

    This is not smart at all!!! As someone who lost an uncle, who fell into a lake in Idaho at the age of 16 doing exactly what this person is doing, I beg people to not do this. His mother, my grandmother, never forgave herself for this terrible loss. If there are not signs posted at the lake, please post your own to stay off the lake.

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  3. Lakeview Too says:

    So glad this is NOT a rescue story! Please please kids of all ages do not do this, it may look solid but not be as strong as it looks. Seriously, If this is someone’s child, I hope they were grounded. We also knew someone who fell through ice as well. Everyone watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” sometime f you haven’t already seen it.
    PS Disclaimer I do not live on Lake Burien. Beautiful video though.

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  4. Lakeview Too says:

    Young lady, you’re grounded!

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  5. Tony m says:

    If they are going to do it anyways, hopefully they went out and cut a few holes in various parts of the lake to check the thickness of the ice first.

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    • Paula says:

      The skater, whom I know, has lived on the lake most of her life…..she would never go out there without carefully testing…..as everyone I know did before going out skating.

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  6. Seahurst resident says:

    This is great. I grew up in a country where this is so common and a lot of fun. If it were to be a private lake you would see a lot of young people skating on the lake.

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  7. AD says:

    The water in lowland Seattle almost never freezes hard enough to be safe. It is a small miracle that young lady was not hurt. A childhood friend almost died after falling through ice into less than 3 feet of water- almost a week in the hospital and lost some toes- because he had trouble getting out and then was far enough from home it took a while soaked through. Lake Burien is not some tiny pond in New England……

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  8. anonymous says:

    skating on the ice on lake Burien is not a good idea whatsoever, unless we get -197 degrees Fahrenheit and it is solid all the way to the bottom. Lots of people die from falling through ice. I do not want anyone to fall through the ice. Either go to a ice skating rink, or find a pond in Alaska.

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  9. anonymous says:

    It would be really nice at least for BURIEN citizens to access lake BURIEN, why is it lake BURIEN if Burien cant get to it unless you own the land, those waterside residents are only a TINY portion of all of the BURIEN residents. All residents should have access.

    I know I posted this comment twice, I just wanted to bring it back up. as a comment about how it is a lake that belongs to all of BURIEN.

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