Room was designed to meet senior needs | Letter
Editor, The Beacon:
I was happy to read in The Beacon that Mukilteo's seniors are speaking out about the need for a senior center and/or dedicated room at the Rosehill Community Center [“Seniors want space to call their own,” front page, July 2].
While I do agree with Jennifer Berner that many of today's seniors are looking for specific programing, and I appreciate what she has been able to accomplish in that area at Rosehill, I also believe that our seniors deserve their own dedicated space at the community center.
When I was on the Naming Committee for the new Rosehill (representing the Parks and Arts Commission), the Christiansen Room was named after Peter Christiansen, the first lighthouse keeper in Mukilteo. We felt that it reflected the idea that our seniors are the keepers of the light for the next generation.
The room was considered a place where seniors could come together and enjoy each other's company like they had done for many years in the old Rosehill building.
My understanding was that the Christiansen Room was designed with a kitchen, separate ADA accessible entrance and storage to best meet senior needs.
I remember taking my children to music and dance lessons at the old Rosehill and always stopping by to say ‘Hello’ to the seniors. They added a vibrancy to the community center and an inter-generational experience that our city needs more of.
Seniors have been paying taxes for many years and deserve our support in providing them with a place to gather in our city.
Mukilteo City Councilmember