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International District/Chinatown Community Center
Pro Parks Project Information

719 8th Avenue S., Seattle, WA 98134

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The dedication ceremony for the new International District/Chinatown Community Center was held on September 29, 2004.

In July 2004, the International Examiner included a story about the new community center.


Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund Information: Catherine Anstett
Seattle Parks and Recreation
800 Maynard Ave. S., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134
Thank you Seattle. The community center is open and ready for use. Come take a look!

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.
719 8th Avenue S., Seattle, WA 98134


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.
Peter Berliner of the Paul G. Allen Foundation, City Council President Peter Steinbrueck and Mayor Greg Nickels look on as the Lion Dancers lead the way to the November 15 2002 groundbreaking.
Opportunity Fund Meeting
Citizens testified in support of Opportunity Fund funding for the community center gym at the April 2002 meeting of the Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee.

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