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Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club to break ground next Monday


February 21, 2018

Contractors hard at work at the site of the new Boys & Girls Club facility. The new location is at 10600 47th Pl. W, and is located next to the Mukilteo YMCA, the Mukilteo Police Department, and the Mukilteo Fire Department.

The date has been set, and the shovels will be ready, as a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club will take place at noon Monday, Feb. 26. The new facility, located at 10600 47th Pl W, will be 18,000 square feet, compared to the current 1134 2nd St. building, which is 5,000 square feet, and will include a computer lab, teen center, a games room, a gymnasium and much more.

The Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club, which is one of 24 clubs in Snohomish County, has served the Mukilteo community since 1961. They’ve helped provide programming and engagement activities for youth in the Mukilteo area.

A new facility has been needed for a while as membership has grown nearly 30 percent in recent years. More than 2,000 kids between 5 and 18 rely on the club for before school, after school, and summertime programs.

The Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club believes the new Harbour Pointe location will be more centrally located for all Mukilteo residents, and is closer to all Mukilteo schools.

The new 18,000-square-foot facility, located on land donated by the state of Washington, will include a computer lab, teen center, sports field, games room, gymnasium, and various all-purpose classrooms.

“We are so thankful for this opportunity to better serve the community of Mukilteo and make a difference in the lives of local youth,” Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County Executive Director Bill Tsoukalas said.

“We are excited to partner with the community, the city, and the state to provide a new facility for the kids of Mukilteo.”

Community members are invited to join in celebrating the long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for the new Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club.

Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, who has some experience with the club since her days at Kamiak, is happy to see the project coming to fruition.

“We are excited to see the Boys and Girls Club moving closer to the opening of their new facility,” Gregerson said. “This space will be a vibrant location for our kids to be active, to learn, and to have a healthy space in Mukilteo.

“When I was in high school, I volunteered regularly at the club, and am looking forward to welcoming the new facility into our community. I know what good work the club does, and how it impacts the lives of kids in Mukilteo.”

According to Mukilteo Finance Director Michelle Meyer, the city of Mukilteo contributed $500,000 to the new facility.

During campaign season, Peter Zieve, the owner of Electroimpact, said he donated $200,000 for the new club, as well.

“I think the cluster we are now getting is one of the best, state-of-the-art, for community recreation for all ages,” Zieve said. “That is the YMCA (focus on adults), skatepark, and now the Boys and Girls Club (focus on kids).

“This provides a safe place for kids to go. Note the police station in the middle of this.”

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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