Lance McIntosh, the newest member of the Burien Parks and Recreation Board, stand at the Burien Transit Center with downtown Burien in the background on Saturday evening following an interview.

Burien City Council Appoints Lance McIntosh to Vacant Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Position

By Matt Wendland

Lance McIntosh is now the newest member of the Burien Parks and Recreation Advisory Board after being appointed by the Burien City Council at their meeting on December 2nd.

The Burien Parks and Recreation Board is a seven member committee established to provide guidance and direction to the Burien City Council on the City’s future parks and recreation programs and priorities. Each member of the advisory board was appointed by the City Council to fulfill four year terms. In 2012 the City Council enacted a new policy that established term limits for their advisory boards which limited advisors to two consecutive four year terms. Appointed to a previously vacated seat, McIntosh will hold his position on the board for his first term through March of 2015.

Lance McIntosh is a Burien native whose family has lived in the region since 1901 when his great-great uncle, William Sprague, first broke ground on a home on the western coast of Burien on the edge of the land that makes up Eagle Landing Park now. That home was recently purchased by Highline native John White and is now known as Forestledge. Lance’s dad was born and raised in Burien and his mother lived her since her family made the move from Kansas when she was only 13. According to McIntosh, "I was born at Highline Hospital in 1959, and lived here until a year after graduating from Highline High School in 1978. The exception being three separate years when Dad was transferred for work (Boeing), but we always moved back to Seahurst. I spent most of my childhood in the woods and on the beaches, still my favorite places to be.”

Lance moved away from the area for a period of time but moved back to Burien in 2005 to help out a relative. What was planned to be a short trip back to the home land turned into a permanent arrangement after getting more and more involved in the community through working at local businesses such as 909 Coffee and Wine in Olde Burien and Bumbershoot Books. Since then McIntosh has been part of putting on a number of events in Burien while volunteering with organizations like Burien Arts, Cove to Clover, and others. Now, Lance is a board member for Discover Burien and a founding member of the B-Town Beat which started in early 2013. While you can still find him most Saturday afternoons working at Bumbershoot Books, Lance now works as a local home inspector.

When asked what he would like to do with his time on the Parks Board, Lance had this to say:

“I have a special fondness for Seahurst, having grown up in and around it. I also recognize the importance of natural and open spaces for a community. I am very excited about the restoration work going on at Seahurst Park and also the attention that invasive plants are getting. I'm interested in learning more about and becoming involved with our area's youth population. I think that having a variety of activities and interaction with the community can go a long way towards instilling pride and respect, and helps to prevent unwanted behavior. I believe much of our youth feel ignored and unwanted, I would love to have a positive impact in that area."

The Parks and Recreation Board is one of the Burien City Council’s four advisory boards made up of local residents and business owners. The Planning Commission, Business and Economic Development Partnership and the Arts Commission are the other three advisory boards.

The Parks and Recreation Board meets the second Wednesday of each month from 7pm to 9pm at the Burien Community Center at 14700 6th Avenue Southwest. For more information about the Parks and Recreation Board or the other citizen advisory boards, contact the City of Burien by calling 206.241.4647 or by visiting their website at “”.

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