Seattle Parks and Recreation Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent
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In July 2002 Seattle City Council unanimously approved an allocation of $250,000 from the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund toward a gym for the new International District/Chinatown Community Center.
|The Opportunity Fund allocation contributed
to the construction of a gym as part of the new community center in the
International District/Chinatown urban center village. The new gym and community
center opened to the public in August 2004.
The 1999 Community Center Levy provided $2.1 million for a community center and gathering space facility in the International District/Chinatown as part of Phase II of the "Village Square" project. However, this did not include funding for a gymnasium.
In the spring of 2002, there was significant testimony to the Pro Parks Oversight Committee from the community regarding the importance of the gym to the neighborhood, and requesting a grant from the Pro Parks Opportunity Fund. Most families in the International District live on incomes below the poverty level (in 1990, the median family income in the ID was $9,801).
An award of $250,000 from the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund was subsequently approved toward the community center gym.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held on November 15, 2002, and the dedication center for the completed new community center and gym was held on September 29, 2004.
Please see the International District/Chinatown Community Center webpage for more details.
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