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High Point Community Center
Project Fact Sheet


Your new High Point Community Center,
6920 34th Ave. SW

On Saturday, March 20, 2004 Mayor Greg Nickels and members of the Seattle City Council joined Seattle Parks and Recreation and the community to dedicate the newly renovated High Point Community Center. This levy-funded project, refurbished the old community center, adding 10,000 square feet of usable and programmable space, including:
  • a commercial-sized kitchen
  • teen room
  • a child-care room
  • large, dividable multi-purpose room
  • a small, dividable multi-purpose room
  • improved staff offices and reception area
  • display cases
  • upgraded family bathrooms and showers
  • computer room and resource center

The new recreation spaces will support cultural activities, including arts and crafts, expanded childcare, summer camp and senior adult programs, as well as providing space for community events and meetings.

The 1999 Community Center Levy provided $3.7 million to nearly double the size of the existing 9,600-square-foot High Point Community Center.

Project Details

Architects: Streeter & Associates Architects (PDF)
View schematic images of the project.

General Contractor: Kirkwood Construction (PDF)
View pictures of the construction project.

Sustainability: To achieve Seattle Parks and Recreation sustainability goals at this facility, the following features have been included:

  • Improved indoor air quality through low-emitting materials and operable windows
  • High levels of daylighting and views to the outdoors
  • Improved stormwater management through an infiltration vault
  • Water efficient landscaping and reduced irrigation needs
  • Optimized energy performance through natural ventilation
  • Ease of access to public transit

Because of the range of features included in the High Point Community Center, it has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The LEED Green Building Rating System evaluates the performance of buildings in five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. High Point Community Center achieved LEED points in all five of these categories.

For more information on the sustainable features associated with this project, see the LEED scorecard (PDF).

> Read more about Parks sustainable practices

1% For Art: Like most of the levy-funded community center projects, High Point had an art project associated with it. Managed through the Mayor's Office on Arts and Cultural Affairs, the project made use of one of the most important geographical aspects of this area - the height and views of the City. Artist Daniel Laskarin met with the community and developed a project that used a camera atop a long pole that captures images of the City skyline and displays them inside a large cup located on a brightly colored table at the center's entrance. The community center entrance was chosen for the location of the art based on the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Community Center Art Plan.

Public Involvement
There have been many opportunities for community involvement in this project. Seattle Parks and Recreation convened a stakeholder group called the Project Advisory Team. This team met on a regular basis during the planning and design stages of the project. The team helped to guide the design process and worked directly with the artist to produce a facility that best meets this community's needs. Regularly held PAT meetings were open to the public.

Other opportunities for public input included four public meetings and three Design Commission meetings. Design Commission meetings are a regular feature of the process of designing this facility. All of these meetings are open to the public.

Public Meetings

Meeting #1 Nov. 17, 2001 Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #2 March 2, 2002 Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #3 June 25, 2002 Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #4 April 8, 2003 Minutes (PDF)

Design Commission Meetings (The Seattle Design Commission acts in a consulting and advisory capacity to the City in connection with environmental and design aspects of City capital improvement projects.)

Meeting #1 July 18, 2002 Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #2 Aug. 1, 2002 Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #3 Nov. 7, 2002 Minutes (PDF)

Project Advisory Team Meetings

Meeting #1 Sept. 25, 2001 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #2 Oct. 9, 2001 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #3 Oct. 23, 2001 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #4 Jan. 22, 2002 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #5 April 23, 2002 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #6 July 16, 2002 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #7 Sept. 24, 2002 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #8
Feb. 2, 2004 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)



The budget for this project was $3.7 million.


Planning 2001
Design 2002-03
Groundbreaking May 2003
Ribbon Cutting March 2004

For more information:
Dan Johnson, Project Manager
Seattle Parks and Recreation
800 Maynard Ave. S. 3rd Fl
Seattle, WA 98134
Phone: (206) 684-7149

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Updated August 21, 2015
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