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We are looking to the future. The new Edmonds Waterfront Center will be a gathering place for all the community.
Tours are given on Wednesdays at 10am and are limited to 10 people per tour. Please click the link above to register. Tours meet in the lobby reception area near the elevator. Parking is available on site or at the fishing pier lot at the corner of Railroad Ave. and Dayton St.
If you are interested in booking the Edmonds Waterfront Center for a private event rental, please call 425.977.0414 or send an email.
Responding to the unprecedented aging trend in the population and significant structural issues facing the 55-year-old current building, the Edmonds Senior Center (ESC) has embarked on a $16.5M capital campaign to build a new state of the art, sustainable, model community facility that will serve citizens of all ages. Operating from early until late, the new center is known as the “Edmonds Waterfront Center” and will be become the true gathering place for young and old.
The project is a partnership, as envisioned in the City’s Strategic Action Plan (2013), between the City of Edmonds and ESC (a 501c3 nonprofit organization). The Edmonds Senior Center owns the Edmonds Waterfront Center. We have a 55 year ground lease for the land under the building. The City of Edmonds owns the property (also designated as a Regional Park). During weekdays ESC will continue its dynamic and engaging programs for seniors. From 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will offer a range of educational and recreational programs.
The Senior Center will rent the facility on Friday night and the weekend for events and celebrations. All the revenue will go back to the Senior Center to support it’s programs. No individuals or companies will profit financially from the Waterfront Center.
The modern, northwest design takes full advantage of the mountain and water views. Using an open design concept where possible, the building is designed to offer maximum flexibility for current and future programs. Most spaces have been designed for multiple uses to accommodate different user groups and ongoing program innovation.
The project is being led by ESC’s Board of Directors and two of its committees: Building Committee (Chair Chuck Fritz) and Capital Campaign (Co-Chairs: Gary Haakenson, 3-term Mayor, Rose Cantwell, Past President of ESC and Diane Buckshnis, City Council member). Both committees have attracted remarkable retired and non-retired professionals with needed expertise and experience – engineering, geotechnical, construction, finance, fundraising and marketing.
One of the goals of the project is to protect, preserve and enhance the rare waterfront site for community use. The grounds (designated as a regional park) will continue to be owned and managed by the City of Edmonds, who will fund the beach restoration aspect of the project.
Daniel Johnson – CEO