Since opening in 2012, the Snoqualmie Community Center/YMCA has had one of the highest membership saturation rates in the country. Due to the facility's small size and the growing population, a future facility expansion was always planned to serve the health and wellness programming needs of Snoqualmie Valley youth, teens, adults, and seniors.
Community surveys conducted by the City and YMCA of Greater Seattle since 2017 have shown resident support for a facility expansion and pool addition, including the recently completed 2023 Snoqualmie Community Survey in which 66% of respondents were supportive of the City moving forward with the project.
Upcoming Community Center Expansion Public Engagement Opportunities
Starting in early 2024, the City will be hosting multiple opportunities for community members to learn more about the Community Center Expansion project, including upcoming open houses and a town hall. These events will offer attendees the chance to view Community Center Expansion project designs completed by Absher Construction, view exterior and interior project conceptual images, and ask questions of the design team, City and YMCA staff.
Community Center Expansion Town Hall
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 | 7 pm | Snoqualmie Community Center/YMCA.
Community Center Expansion Open Houses
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 | 5-7 pm | Snoqualmie Community Center/YMCA gymnasium.Pizza and refreshments provided.
Thursday, February 8, 2024 | 5-7pm | Snoqualmie Community Center/YMCA gymnasium Pizza and refreshments provided.
Past Community Center Expansion Public Engagement
In June 2019, the City held a Town Hall to gather community input about a Community Center expansion, including features community members would like to see. The Town Hall was facilitated by Una McAlinden Consulting & Facilitation. Attendees were broken into small groups, categorized by age.
A randomized telephone survey of Snoqualmie residents was conducted in July 2019 by professional survey firm EMC Research about a potential expansion of the Snoqualmie Community Center. The survey results showed 72% of those interviewed felt an expansion was a good idea and supported the proposal.
In spring 2023, a project advisory committee consisting of residents and representatives from businesses, nonprofits, and community organizations from across the Snoqualmie Valley, convened to provide an in-depth analysis of available project data and determine facility uses. This advisory committee work established the guiding principles used by the design-build team, Absher Construction, to develop the design of the Community Center Expansion.
Members of the advisory committee included representatives of the Snoqualmie Valley School District, Snoqualmie City Council, Encompass, Church on the Ridge, Snoqualmie Ridge ROA, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District, Snoqualmie Valley YMCA Advisory Board, Si View Metropolitan Parks District, Empower Youth Network, City of Snoqualmie Economic Development Commission and Parks and Events Commission, SnoValley Chamber, as well as Fall City, North Bend, and Snoqualmie residents.