With the backdrop of a steady stream of stories about divided communities and institutions and alarming news about climate change across the globe, the Edmonds Waterfront Center is a story of hope, bold decisions and never giving up.
It’s hard to believe the campaign to replace the failing Edmonds Senior Center was announced in early 2015. With a clear focus on the vision for a gathering place for all generations, the Senior Center took on the planning, fundraising, permitting and construction with purpose. Fast forward nearly 5 years and the Edmonds Waterfront Center has a foundation and walls going up. If all goes as planned we will be moving into the new Center in September 2020.
The question was asked – how can we keep the programs going? Rather than close the programs during the year of construction the decision was made to continue all programs by spreading them among 15 different sites across the area ranging from churches to community centers. It has been an adjustment, but the programs are thriving.
A bold decision was made by the Senior Center Board in October, when they unanimously voted to increase the budget by up to $500,000 to go “all green” – seeking a LEED Gold sustainable designation, a full roof-top solar array and an all-electric building – reflecting a commitment to no fossil fuel on site. This decision was even more noteworthy because it came after construction had begun requiring a redesign in many cases. The Board knew it would not be easy but they also knew it was the right thing to do. Environmental stewardship has been a priority from the beginning.
Fundraising is never easy. In the last several weeks, with gifts of more than $450,000, we have now collectively raised $14,000,000 toward our $16,350,000 goal – just $2,350,000 left to go! These recent gifts are noteworthy. Two gifts of $200,0000 each from area families. Equally impressive was $52,300 that came from 151 donors among the Senior Center membership. The gifts ranged from $50 to $10,000. There is a wave of support coming from all corners of the community. It will take gifts large and small to get to the goal. We are blessed to live in this extraordinary community.
Here is a link to a video showing progress on construction and program highlights.
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