Snoqualmie Community Center
The Snoqualmie Community Center land and building are owned by the City of Snoqualmie and maintained and operated by the YMCA. Operating as the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, it is open to all Snoqualmie Valley residents to enjoy and participate as members and also as non-members through free and low-cost programs.
The community center is also a dedicated emergency shelter that can be opened 24/7 for people to stay in during local and regional emergencies and disasters.
Potential Facility Expansion
The current community center is one-third of the size of what was originally planned more than ten years ago. Due to funding, the City was unable to build the full-size facility at that time.
Since the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA opened in 2011, Snoqualmie’s population has grown by 27%, with more than 40% of residents using the facility. There is more demand than the existing facility can accommodate.
- Addition of 24,000-27,500 square feet for a total of 37,000-40,500 square feet
- Additional multi-purpose spaces for programming
- Expanded cardio and fitness center
- Warm water pools
- Three to six lap lanes
- Locker rooms
- Public events plaza and spray park (tentative)
Mayor Larson is proposing a funding option whereby Snoqualmie residents would not incur additional taxes for the expansion.
The cost estimate for the expansion is approximately $12.5 to $16.5 million. If the expansion were to move forward with City Council approval, the project would be funded using $10 million from existing City resources, $2.5 million from the YMCA, and up to $4 million from other potential aquatics funding partners.
The Si View Metro Parks District (MPD) performed a feasibility study (siviewpark.org/newpool) for an alternative aquatics facility. On September 26, 2019, it formally asked the school board to join in its efforts to build a much larger $43 million aquatics facility; however, that option would require the City of Snoqualmie to contribute roughly 44% of the cost.
Following the school board meeting and several prior meetings with the Si View MPD to discuss a possible partnership, the City of Snoqualmie affirmed its plans for a separate facility, a decision that was defined in a resolution passed by the Snoqualmie City Council on October 14.
The resolution states the revenue needed from the City of Snoqualmie to partner with the Si View MPD on an aquatics facility significantly exceeds resources planned or budgeted for by the City. The revenues to partner on a new pool with the Si View MPD would require a voter-approved property tax increase, whereas, no new taxes will be needed for the expansion of the Snoqualmie Community Center, including pools and space for other fitness amenities and programming.
A randomized telephone survey of Snoqualmie residents was conducted in July 2019 by professional research firm EMC Research about a potential expansion of the Snoqualmie Community Center.
The survey results show 72% of those interviewed feel an expansion is a good idea and support the proposal. The expansion would include added space for exercise, fitness, and community rooms; an aquatics facility with a warm water recreational pool and lap pool; and parking, as well as additional recreational programming.Survey Results Report
Survey Questions & Summary
Residents interested in learning more about a potential expansion of the Snoqualmie Community Center gathered at Cascade View Elementary School for a community meeting on June 9, 2019. Following a presentation by Mayor Matt Larson, participants provided input and made recommendations. Suggested features, concerns, and overall recommendations will be valuable as the City of Snoqualmie administration and staff continue to research expansion possibilities. (Notes from the Meeting)