Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club officially open

By Brandon Gustafson | Jan 09, 2019
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson The new facility officially opened its doors for before- and after-school programs on Jan. 7. According to Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club director Chuck Davis, some students from Harbour Pointe Middle School and Kamiak High School also stopped by to check out the new club. A grand opening celebration is expected to take place in mid-February.

After more than a decade of planning, financing and, lately, constructing, the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club officially opened its doors to the public Monday, Jan. 7.

Not all of the new facility is up and running yet, according to director Chuck Davis, but both before and after school programs started up on Monday.

The new $6.68 million facility is at 10600 47th Place W, right next to the Mukilteo Police Department and down the street from the Mukilteo Fire Department’s Station 25.

A new club has been in the works since 2006, according to Mike Neumeister, an area director for the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County.

Neumeister said a lot of the credit goes to former Mukilteo mayor and current Snohomish County Councilmember Brian Sullivan, who represented Mukilteo in the 21st Legislative District as a state representative from 2001 to 2007 and helped secure funding while in Olympia.

Many who grew up in Mukilteo spent time competing in sports or hanging out before or after school at the old facility, at 1134 Second St. in Old Town.

For comparison’s sake, the Second Street facility is roughly 6,000 square feet.

The new facility is roughly 18,000 square feet, and the gym alone is 8,000 square feet.

“We have basketball games starting up this Saturday,” Davis said.

With the larger gym, which has six hoops, the Boys & Girls Club can run multiple games at once. That will come in handy, as it has more than 50 basketball teams and over 500 players.

A STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) room is still being completed, as is a computer lab, which Davis said will have more than 20 computers and a 3D printer.

The new facility’s location will also open the door for students in the Harbour Pointe area to go before and after school, something that was difficult due to the club’s Old Town location.

Davis said the club has buses at Mukilteo Elementary and Olympic View Middle School, so those who visited the old facility after school can still have a place to go. Additionally, the old facility, referred to as Hawthorne Hall, will be used at least until March 2 for basketball games and practices. This was decided at Monday’s Mukilteo City Council meeting, as Davis came to ask for the city’s blessing to continue using the facility.

The Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club has over 20 years remaining on their lease at that facility.

A grand opening celebration for the new facility is expected to take place in mid-February.

 

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