City Belltown’s Community Center Still a Long Way Off
posted by June 26 at 16:36 PMon
As I wrote in my column this week, Belltown is still waiting—after nearly ten years—for a community center that was funded in 1999’s community centers levy. The parks department was talking about moving out of its headquarters in Denny Park and giving the building to Belltown, after some renovations, to serve as its community center. One immediate problem, of course, is that the headquarters is in South Lake Union, not Belltown.
The parks department didn’t get back to me by press time Tuesday (the spokeswoman, Dewey Potter, had been out of town) but I just got the latest: Parks’ plan to move out of the Denny Park building has been scrapped due to budget concerns (the city predicts a budget shortfall sometime in the next two years), and now everything’s back on the table. Parks will, Potter says, “make the building available to the extent we can for community meetings and such,” but that’s only a stopgap measure, and one that doesn’t address the need for a permanent community gathering place in one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods. “At this point,” Potter says, “we’re back to square one.”