A randomized telephone survey of Snoqualmie residents was recently conducted by professional research firm EMC Research about a potential expansion of the Snoqualmie Community Center.
The survey results show 72% of those interviewed feel an expansion is a good idea and support the proposal. The expansion would include added space for exercise, fitness, and community rooms; an aquatics facility with a warm water recreational pool and lap pool; and parking, as well as additional recreational programming. Approximately 69% of interviewees feel the pool features are a top priority.
The current community center is one-third the size of the facility originally planned more than ten years ago. Since the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA opened in 2011, Snoqualmie’s population has grown by 27%, with more than 40% of residents using the facility. There is more demand than the existing facility can accommodate.
The cost estimate for the expansion is approximately $12.5 to $16.5 million. If the expansion were to move forward with City Council approval, the project would be funded using $10 million from existing City resources, $2.5 million from the YMCA, and up to $4 million from other potential aquatics funding partners.
No new taxes would be used for the expansion and the funding would not divert resources from the City’s general fund.
The Snoqualmie Community Center land and building are owned by the City of Snoqualmie and maintained and operated by the YMCA. After the expansion is complete, maintenance and operations expenses will continue to be paid by the YMCA at no cost to City taxpayers.
“The Snoqualmie Community Center is the heart of our City, offering healthy activities for children, teens, families, and older adults,” said Mayor Matt Larson. “Expanding the community center is absolutely necessary at this time to provide needed services and recreational activities for our community, including those who are lower-income. The expansion will be a great benefit for all residents.”
Although the YMCA is membership-based, it provides financial assistance for all levels of membership and children’s summer camps. Nearly $162,000 in scholarships was awarded in 2018 to ensure that costs would not limit access for anyone.
Other findings in the survey show high marks, with 90% of those interviewed rating the quality of life in Snoqualmie to be excellent or good and 85% rating the City’s park system as excellent or good.
A comprehensive survey report is posted on the City website at cityofsnoqualmie.org under ‘Smart Growth’ (see Community Surveys).
More information about the potential expansion of the Snoqualmie Community Center and illustrations are on the city website under ‘Community.’
Information about financial aid for YMCA memberships and children’s activities is on the YMCA website at seattleymca.org under ‘Join.’
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