Sneak peek of new Boys & Girls Club

New facility 3-times larger than current building
By Brandon Gustafson | Sep 12, 2018
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club director Chuck Davis taking a look at the new facility’s gymnasium. According to Davis, the gym at the new facility is larger than the entirety of the current club building.

A project over 10 years in the making, the new Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club will be here before you know it.

Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club director Chuck Davis gave The Beacon a tour as construction is starting to wrap up on the new $6.68 million facility, located at 10600 47th Pl W.

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

“State legislator Brian Sullivan worked in Olympia to provide the property for the future Boys & Girls Club and athletic fields,” Neumeister said.

Davis believes construction of the new facility will be completed in October, and the plan is to open it in December, just in time for students’ winter break.

For those that have spent a lot of time at the current Boys & Girls Club building at 1134 2nd Street, seeing the new facility will likely be quite the shock, given just how much larger it is than the current one.

The new facility is 18,000 square feet, according to Neumeister. It also has a total of 13 acres of property.

With the large plot of land, the new facility also has the benefit of two brand-new sports fields, one for soccer and one for baseball, just down the street on 47th Place West.

Basketball and volleyball have always been two of the more popular sports the Club runs, and those players will have a large new gym to play in.

“The new gym is 8,000 square feet,” Davis said. “The old building is (a total of) 6,000 square feet.”

With the larger gymnasium, Davis said they will have the ability to run multiple games at once for some of the younger volleyball and basketball leagues, something they’re not able to do at the current facility.

The new building also features additional activity rooms, including a computer lab with 20 computers, an arts and crafts room, a teen lounge for those 12 and older, a community room, and a games room.

Additionally, despite being called the “Boys & Girls Club,” Davis said the facility will be open to others as well, particularly with the computer lab.

“While the kids are in school, it’ll be open to the older crowd,” Davis said.

The new location is right across the street from the Mukilteo YMCA, and Davis said that may actually help get more kids in the door.

“We compete with the Y for sports, but their emphasis is families and adults,” he said. “While parents are working out, the kids can come here.”

With the new facility in Harbour Pointe, Davis said they expect a large increase in the number of kids they will serve.

Currently, the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club has 1,800 members, but Davis anticipates they will soon have 3,000 with the opening of the new facility.

With the increase in kids, there will be more staff on board, Davis said, with six full-time employees as well as some part-timers and volunteers.

“We’re going to get a lot of volunteers and support when they see it (the new facility),” Davis said.

Ultimately, he hopes things will stay the same in some regards.

“Once we get here, we want it to be like it is (at the current building) where kids just drop in,” Davis said.

Davis said in Old Town, many of the kids are within walking distance, and the current plan is to drive kids over from Old Town to the new building for an additional cost in membership.

For more information on the new facility, visit www.imaginemukilteo.org.

 

 

 

 

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