Mike McGinn (former Mayor)
9/13/2012 11:30:00 AM
Mayor announces opening of new Belltown Community Center
Center opens for public use after lengthy search for space
SEATTLE - Mayor Mike McGinn today announced the opening of the Belltown Community Center at 415 Bell St.
"This community gathering space has been a long time coming," said McGinn. "I thank the community for their creativity, their patience and their perseverance on this project. We now have a new, safe and attractive space where the community can gather."
The project, funded by the 1999 Community Centers and Seattle Center Levy, was among eight other Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers constructed or expanded around the city. Finding an appropriate and affordable site for the Belltown Community Center proved a challenge. After looking at some 30 sites, the City entered a 10-year lease for a 6,000 square foot vacant building, formerly a ZUM fitness center, to house the community center.
Building improvements are complete and the center opens to the public with a celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 14.
The center features many of the priorities identified by the community: a small conference room, a space for Seattle Police to use, a children's play area, and an opening to the alley for use in warm weather.
It's a space where Belltown residents can get to know neighbors, hold community meetings, take martial arts classes and adult programs, have dances and other evening events, and create a community board to work with the center staff.
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