Community Center hours in danger of being cut again
Posted on November 6th, 2012 by Sara
Magnolia Community Center is in danger being closed. Not forever, just most of the time.
Magnolia is one of the busiest centers in the Seattle area. During a recent view of our 2012 data, Magnolia had one of the highest numbers in program attendance and foot traffic among sites with limited hours. The center serves as a hub for this community and many neighbors use it as their sole resource for recreation and services. We are currently operating on limited hours and staff. I’m proud to say that we have still provided the same level of customer service for our patrons. However, we have also experienced some losses in areas due to minimal resources and staff availability. A reduction to 25 hours would result in even more decreased services. My hope is to retain our current hours, restore services and provide even more quality experiences for our patrons. If you are concerned about the proposed changes, please take the time to write your council members at the emails listed below. As always, we appreciate your support of the Magnolia Community Center.
Here’s a little more background on the “why” of the cuts: apparently our village doesn’t have enough crime. Thus, if the City Council’s focus is on Community Centers as a prevention to teen crime, we may want to discuss in our emails to the council members (1) the importance of MCC to other age groups, including toddlers (drop-in playtime) and senior citizens (pottery, aerobics classes); and/or (2) the effectiveness of the existing Teen program and drop-in sports at MCC: perhaps we don’t have much teen crime here because MCC’s programs are working. Why cut what works?
Subject: Magnolia Community Center Hours
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:07:55
Mike McGinn, Mayor City of Seattle
As you may know, in 2012 we were able to fund 35 hours per week at the Magnolia Community Center. My proposed 2013-2014 budget preserves this service level. Unfortunately, the City Council is considering cutting those hours, reducing the total open hours at the Magnolia Community Center from 35 per week to 25.
As our economy and budget situation improve, I was pleased to be able to propose continued funding for 35 open hours per week for the Magnolia Community Center. It appears, however, that Council may have other priorities for that money. Without your input, these potential cuts to your community centers will go unchallenged. Please take a moment to contact the City Council and ask them to support continued community center hours. Their contact information is below:
Budget Chair Tim Burgess: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 684-8806. Council President Sally Clark: email email@example.com or call (206) 684-8802. Councilmember Sally Bagshaw: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 684-8801. Councilmember Richard Conlin: email email@example.com or call (206) 684-8805. Councilmember Jean Godden: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 684-8807. Councilmember Bruce Harrell: email email@example.com or call (206) 684-8804. Councilmember Nick Licata: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 684-8803. Councilmember Mike O’Brien: email email@example.com or call (206) 684-8800. Councilmember Tom Rasmussen: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 684-8808.
Mike McGinn Mayor of Seattle
Fans of Magnolia’s Community Center are asking for you to email your input to the City Council ASAP to help keep the Community Center from losing operating hours. As of press time, only a few emails have been sent.