A proposal to close the gym at the Queen Anne Community Center was met with strong opposition during Wednesday night’s public hearing on the city budget. Under the mayor’s plan, the gym will be closed in 2011 to make room for BizKid$, a national public television series for children. BizKid$ will use the gym as a production studio until at least the end of 2011. Volunteers and supporters of the community center showed up Wednesday in Northgate to tell the City Council they want the gym to stay open.
“Yesterday afternoon the phone was ringing off the hook. All kinds of parents and coaches wanted information,” said Pat Barger who serves as a volunteer at the community center.
The community center gym and McClure’s gym are used by 22 youth basketball teams, and Barger isn’t sure how many of those teams can be relocated. The gym is also used for several other programs. Even though the rest of the community center will remain open, Barger fears BizKid$ may eat up other space in the facility.
“It impacts everyone from babies to the elderly.”
The community center will also go from 5 full time staff members to one full time person and two half-time staff members.
Another impact from the proposed budget involves the East Queen Anne wading pool, which will only be open three days a week next summer just as it was this year.
To see more on the mayor’s proposed budget, click here.
The next public hearing on the budget takes place Wednesday, October 13 at South Seattle Community College at 5:30pm. The City Council has also set up a web page where you can submit ideas to balance the budget and vote on other suggestions.