One item that consistently comes up at Lake City community meetings is the Lake City Community Center. The building, generously donated years ago by the Lake City Lions Club, is tired, the community seems to have outgrown the facility and the space has many limitations, including not being fully ADA accessible.
At the beginning of 2013 the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce took over management of the facility. Also in 2013, money was added to the City of Seattle budget for upgrades and improvements after that funding was requested by Seattle City Councilmembers Jean Godden, Sally Bagshaw, and Sally Clark.
But in recent weeks Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata has put forward a proposal to bring a completely new and full-service community center to Lake City, with dedicated staff and full programming.
The proposal letter by Councilmember Licata says that Lake City is home to historically underrepresented communities. He notes in the letter, shown below, that engaging those communities is the number one recommendation of the Parks Legacy Citizens Advisory Sub-Committee’s Investment Initiatives.
The letter goes on to say that since 2000 Lake City has seen a 55% percent increase in the number of African Americans, Blacks, Latinos and Hispanics. American Indians and Alaska Natives increased by about 35%, he said. Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders increased close to 56%.
Licata’s letter also notes that 78% of the housing units in the Lake City Hub Urban Village are rentals, with 26% being low income subsidized and 13% extremely low income subsidized.
Those populations concentrated in Lake City are exactly who the committee is planning to reach with new facilities and programs.
You can contact City Councilmembers below to express your support for a new Lake City Community Center.
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