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PROJECT STATUSThank you, Seattle.
This Pro Parks project is complete!
The Alki Bathhouse is open and available for use!
The building opened in January 2005. Art and pottery classes are in session and the multi-purpose room is available for private rental.
The 2000 Pro Parks Levy included $412,000 to fund Bathhouse improvements. Damage resulting from the 2001 Nisqually Quake resulted in $47,000 from FEMA. The Friends of Alki Bathhouse, together with the Alki Community Center Advisory Council, contributed another $132,000. Parks and Recreation provided a final $140,000 for dry rot issues discovered during construction.
The architect was Jeff Oaklief of Johnson Architecture and Planning.
The building’s exterior was improved in keeping with its 1911 origins, and the interior was renovated to support the following uses:
• Multi-purpose space: 1517 square feet with 123 square feet of accessory storage as well as a unisex restroom
• Pottery Studio: 423 square feet
• Multi-media art studio: 423 square feet with 91 square feet of accessory storage
• Men’s and Women’s restrooms with exterior entrances
The studios each have their own outdoor work areas accessed through large bay doors, and the multi-purpose space have formal entrances off both the waterfront and Alki Avenue.
Proposed uses for the multi-purpose space include: exercise classes, beach and environmental programs, various adult programs such as language and music classes, story telling sponsored by the Log House Museum, community meetings, teen events, drop in programs, private parties, and support for external events.
The existing structure is a remnant of the "Pavilion" that was erected on the site in 1911. The pavilion had spacious dressing and locker rooms for bathers, a viewing balcony for spectators, a gym, clubrooms, and a cafe serving refreshments. In 1955, the Pavilion was demolished except for a portion of the west wing that was remodeled into the building that stands today. Around 1998, community artists began using the building as a studio and classroom. In 2000, the Alki Community Council petitioned the Parks Department for inclusion of the building's renovation in the Pro Parks Levy. In late 2001, the bathhouse artists received a $10,000 Small and Simple grant that was used to augment the planning portion of the Pro Parks project budget. The Friends of Alki Bathhouse was formed in 2002 and with a matching grant from the Department of Neighborhoods was able to raise an additional $132,000 for the project.
The planning process began in December 2001 when the community hired the firm of Johnson Architecture and Planning to prepare design concepts. The process involved two public meetings, facilitated by the consultant, to ascertain the community's vision for the bathhouse. This information was used to develop four different concepts, three of which would require more money than was available through Pro Parks funding.
The community chose one of the more expensive options. In response, a group calling itself the Friends of the Alki Bathhouse (FAB) was formed to raise monies to augment the Pro Parks budget. FAB and the Alki Community Center Advisory Council have now raised an additional $132,000. Because of their efforts - and the skill of the architect - the community has a fabulous new building at its disposal.
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Friends of the Alki Bathhouse
Alki Community Center Advisory Board
Will Winter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alki Community Council
Tony Fragada, email@example.com
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