Let’s ensure Rosehill serves all residents | Mayor's Message

By Jennifer Gregerson | May 17, 2017

We are so fortunate to have one of the most beautiful community centers in the nation.

From its architecture to its amazing views of Puget Sound, we can all be proud of this community treasure. From my very first days in office as mayor, I have been committed to ensuring that the community is truly at the center of the Rosehill Community Center.

Together with the council, we created the Rosehill Community Board to bring residents together to help set the direction for the center and bring a community voice into the management of this vital asset. We have worked to adjust hours of operation, make more free space available and increase the number and types of special events at the center.

A 2005 study by California State Parks found that recreation activities are important ways to tackle obesity, reduce depression and social isolation, encourage volunteerism, and even reduce crime.

The study found that teens who used recreation centers were 75 percent more likely to engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity. The study also cited research that showed a decreased rate of depression among older residents who participate in leisure activities.

This spring and summer, our recreation staff has arranged an amazing lineup of classes and activities. From badminton to sewing, line dancing to gardening, there are activities for all ages and skill levels coming up. I encourage you to visit go.usa.gov/x56Vw to see the full array of opportunities.

And while we have worked to ensure our programming is affordable and widely available, we know from census statistics that at least 1,000 Mukilteo residents live below the poverty line, and many of our seniors struggle to make ends meet on fixed incomes.

Our community center needs to be a vital institution for every member of our community – regardless of how much money they make.

That is why I announced an effort to raise funds for recreation scholarships as part of my 2017 Action Agenda. Our goal is to ensure that no one in our community is left out of parks and recreation programming because of cost.

I will be asking business owners and civic organizations to help us raise funds for recreation scholarships. We will also be accepting contributions from residents. If you are interested in chipping in a few dollars to make sure our community center is available to everyone, email me at jgregerson@mukilteowa.gov.

As the weather finally begins to improve after that long, wet winter and spring, I hope to see you at the community center or in one of our beautiful parks. And I look forward to making sure that all of our friends and neighbors are able to be there with us.

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