Transition Community Centers to private 501(c)3 organizations - both operation and actual facility ownership. Can still be rented back for "city activities", but gets them off the City budget. Those that are wanted, will raise the $$ to survive....those that won't...will fade away and their users will drift to surviving centers.
I think that the budget should add in special money for fun.
I suggest that closing the Alki Community Center is not the right approach to fixing budget problems. The community center is used by families to keep kids safe, bring community together, and supplement the Alki Elementary School programs (for example, the shared gym). Go to skating night on a Friday and see children getting active, parents skating with kids, and the whole community meeting up, to see what I mean. ...more »
I suggest you DO NOT shut down or cut funding for Alki Community Center. It's huge support and resource in our community and would be a terrible detriment to our mixed socioeconomic neighborhood and adjacent school!
I question the recommendation to focus Laurelhurst Community Center solely on programs for seniors. With capacity issues continuing at NE Seattle schools and Seattle Children’s Hospital residing and growing in our neighborhood, it would be hard to argue that Laurelhurst is not a place for children or that the needs of seniors take priority. We love our neighborhood seniors. On my block we have several “adopted” sets ...more »
The reduction in hours for the tot playroom will have a huge impact. I went yesterday morning (the first weekday since the rainy weather began), and it was PACKED with toddlers. I suggest you add some Saturday hours as there are very few low cost options to keep active toddlers busy indoors on rainy weekends.
This service has been such a great program for families in the winter and rain, we would be willing to pay more to keep it going!
Queen Anne may be a wealthier neighborhood in Seattle, but it is also a place where lower middle-class people like me (renter) chose to raise our families. Community Center are a vital part of a healthy neighborhood, where kids have a place to stay in shape, and stay safe until parents come home. PLEASE DON'T CLOSE QACC!
I suggest you make some Community Center's available to year-round farmer's markets.
Raise parkings rates in dense neighborhoods.
I suggest you keep alki community center fully open, it needs more hours not less, and especially on rainy winter weekends and evenings, for teens and seniors
Please keep the commuity center. It is a safe place for so many Alki Children. Many families would be lot without it.
Maybe classes could cost a bit more to help keep the staff on.
Please do not cut staff from the community centers that provide vital services to our city. What other department interfaces more with the public to connect city government to everyday citizens' voices and needs? Even if it is more furlough days, even if it is pay freezes, even if it is cutting other benefits, keep the staff and resources of these centers available. A city that wants to pride itself on civic engagement ...more »