• Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Auditorium
  • Wifi
  • Playground
  • Childcare
  • Preschool
  • Teen Programs
  • Indoor Toddler Playtime
  • Before School Programs
  • After School Programs
  • Drop in Programs
  • Lifelong Recreation
  • Camps


Hiawatha Community Center is located along California Ave. SW in the heart of West Seattle's vibrant Admiral District.

Built in 1911, Hiawatha is the oldest community center west of the Mississippi and the building and surroundings were designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers landscape architectural firm. A stage and auditorium are located on the top floor with a small galley kitchen. On the main floor are two medium size rooms which house youth and tween programming year round. On the lower level is the full sized gymnasium that is used for tot gym, senior programming, 27 basketball teams, High School Drop in and tween programming.

The building is in the center of Hiawatha Playfield, which has been designated an historic landmark. Out the front doors of Hiawatha is a full athletic field including track, baseball field, soccer/football field and tennis courts which are used jointly by the community center and West Seattle High School. The park also includes a wading pool, swings, picnic tables, benches and a lovely grassy knoll. Directly to the south is West Seattle High School. Alki Beach is down the hill to the north.