Have you driven down Ridge Street in Snoqualmie lately? If so, you can’t help but notice the new Snoqualmie Y/ Community Center has gone from construction chaos to the shell of its future building. It’s becoming easier to envision that future – one coming your way early next year.
Since its June Groundbreaking Ceremony, immense progress has been made on the new YMCA/ Community Center. The nearly 3 acre site was graded, new sidewalks installed, a parking lot added, underground electrical and sewer work completed and the 13,000 sq ft building was completely framed, brick by brick. This week, roof construction continues. With the roof completed, interior work can begin; the part that often times gives a building its heart and soul.
Last spring the Snoqualmie Y received an $800,000 Youth Recreational Facilities Grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. This grant helped pay for the facility’s Teen Center. Incorporating the new Teen Center into the building’s design added 1,217 square feet. Wait. You’re asking, why do we need a Teen Center? Couldn’t they have used the grant money on a different component? First, $800,000 is not enough for the pool many of you want; and second, just visit the Ridge IGA grocery store during after school hours and you will see first hand why a Teen Center is greatly need here. According to the last national census, 35% of Snoqualmie’s population is under the age of 18. That stat speaks for itself. Only so many kids can hang out at the IGA for so long.
The new Snoqulamie Valley Y is on track to open January 2012. For membership pricing visit: Snoqualmie_Rates. The Y begins hiring its part-time staff in late October/early November. For information on those available jobs contact YMCA Careers. For more specific programming questions please contact Milissa Morgan at email@example.com or Dave Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.