Green Lake Community Center Stabilization and Redevelopment Projects

Updated: April 2, 2020

Spring 2020

Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool is one of the oldest centers in our city and well-used and beloved by the community. The facility is at the end of its usable life and is scheduled for redevelopment. However, until the redevelopment occurs, the center and pool need to be open and available to serve the community. The next stabilization project is to replace the boilers and the air handling system. This project is moving forward in 2020 and will require a 6-month closure. The community center and pool is currently closed due the COVID-19 virus.

Please watch this site for the first public outreach meeting. The meeting will focus on the site options for the new center.

Public Meeting - Please watch this site for new date.

Green Lake Community Center Stabilization Work

The 2016 Community Center Strategic plan named eight community centers for major maintenance projects focused on extending the life of these facilities and increasing programming potential.

Community Center Stabilization Frequently Asked Questions

Repairs at Green Lake Community Center and Pool include a crucial roof repair, building electrical improvements, gym floor leveling and refinishing and replacement of the pool pump which will lengthen the life of this facility. SPR is still aware that a longer-term plan for the recreation needs of Green Lake and surrounding neighborhoods will need to be addressed as this facility continues to age. Thanks to our incredible SPR staff closures for these repairs will be minimal.

Schedule: Community Center Stabilization

Center Closed: May - October 2020

Future Green Lake Community Center and Pool

In parallel with the stabilization project, Seattle Parks and Recreation is beginning the design process for the new center and pool. The first step is to work with the Green Lake Advisory Council and the community to determine the best site for the new facility and then engage the community in the building design.

The Green Lake Community Center is one of twenty-six community centers owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation.  It is one of several public amenities located within the park and is open to the public year-round for program related and drop-in recreational use. The center was constructed in 1928 and the pool was added in 1955. Renovations have occurred over time; the most recent roof repairs were made in 2018 and the boilers and air handling system will be replaced in 2020 to extend the life of the building another ten years. The community center and pool need to be demolished and reconstructed to better serve the needs of both the immediate neighborhood and the broader city.

The first phase of the project will be to undertake an assessment of the existing site and also consider other potential sites around Green Lake to answer the primary question of where is the best location to construct a new community center; i.e., should it be constructed in its current location or is there another site or sites where a community center could better serve the community; what are the strengths and weaknesses of each location including constructability, access to the community center and relationship to other amenities around the lake. The deliverable will be an options analysis based on the site assessments(s). This analysis will include multiple opportunities for engagement with the public and ultimately a recommendation to Seattle Parks and Recreation Senior Management and the public as to the best location for the new community center.

Schedule: New Community Center and Pool

Site Analysis and Predesign: March - September 2020
Design and Permitting:  2020 - 2023
Bidding: 2023 - 2024
Construction: 2024 - 2026 

Budget

Stabilization Projects: $750,000 from the Seattle Park District

New Community Center and Pool: $1,000,000 to undertake the site analysis and begin design work provided by the Real Estate Excise Taxes. The remaining dollars to complete the design and construct the new center and pool have not yet been identified.   

Anticipated Impact

During the stabilization project the contractor will need to close the Green Lake Community Center and Pool for approximately 6 months. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impact to the neighborhood. If the new community center and pool is built in another location, the existing center and pool will not close until the new center is opened.