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Ground broken for new Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club


February 28, 2018

Brisk temperatures and overlapping airplane noise (insert your Paine Field terminal jokes here) didn’t deter roughly 100 people from attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club on Monday, Feb. 26.

Those in attendance included Mukilteo City Councilmembers Scott Whelpley, Richard Emery and Anna Rouhrbough, former Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine, Riaz Khan, and Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce CEO Julie Martin.

Former Mukilteo mayor and current Snohomish County Councilmember Brian Sullivan emceed the event. Sullivan has long ties to the Boys & Girls Club.

“I actually grew up in the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club,” Sullivan said. “I was 10 years old in 1968 when I first walked into that club on Second Street…kids at school always said ‘you need to meet us at the Boys & Girls Club,’ which was actually just the Boys Club. I’m from ancient times.”

Sullivan described what he called “artful maneuvering” in helping the city of Mukilteo purchase the land from the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

“We had language in there that would describe it in such a way that it could only be a Boys & Girls Club, I’ll just admit that publicly now,” Sullivan said, eliciting laughs from the audience.

Sullivan also thanked Sen. Marko Liias.

“He came through with $900,000 for this club and he did a heavy lift for us on the capital budget.”

Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, a former volunteer for the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club, spoke on what the new facility means to her and the city.

“Like so many other Mukilteo kids, I spent a lot of hours at the club volunteering,” Gregerson said. “I taught healthy competition and positive friendships, so I’m really excited to be here today to celebrate this new space for our kids so they can continue learning and growing.”

Gregerson also thanked the City Council for its decision to donate $500,000 to the new facility.

Chuck Davis, the director of the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club, talked about his employment with the Boys & Girls Club, which started in the early 1970s while he was in a work-study program while attending college.

“I was hired full-time by 1977. So in ’77 I started looking around for another job,” Davis said. “Well I never found another job. So, I’m here 46 years later, and I’m really excited about the groundbreaking today.”

Davis mentioned Electroimpact's Peter Zieve as one of the key figures in the realization of the new club.

Zieve donated $200,000 towards the new facility.

With his two sons at the podium with him, Zieve said their experience of having to drive to Explorer Middle School and Olivia Park Elementary for basketball practice led him towards wanting to help build a new facility.

“For those of you who don’t know where those are, it’s a 20-minute drive there and a 20-minute drive back,” Zieve said. “For a one-hour practice, you’re also driving 20 minutes there and 20 minutes back. It’s really frustrating.

“Chuck Davis asked me if I wanted to help him build a club in Harbour Pointe. I said ‘sure,’ and that was about four years ago and I was in for $100,000. Two years ago, two years had gone by since I made my original contribution and nothing had happened, so I said ‘Look, I’ll raise it to $200,000,’ and finally we’re where we want to be.”

Zieve said that Mukilteo now has a plethora of children’s activities in Harbour Pointe.

“We have here, I believe, a state-of-the-art facility coming together,” Zieve said. “We’ve got the YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club and the skate park all together in a cluster of community recreation. I think it’s just fantastic.”

Bill Tsoukalas, the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County, said the goal for the new facility is to have it open and accessible before Christmas.

After the speakers were finished, the groundbreaking ceremony took place, with Gregerson, Sullivan, Zieve, Zieve’s children, Davis, Bill Rucker and MariLana Rubatino of the Mukilteo Capital Steering Committee, and Tsoukalas all using shovels decorated by Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club members.

The new facility will be located at 10600 47th Place West, and will have fields located up the street on 47th Avenue West behind the Kamiak football field.

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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