November 7, 2011 - Community Flocks to Teen Center Grand Opening
Over 500 teens, parents, and community members attended the Grand Opening of the new Sammamish EX3 Teen & Recreation Center ~ Powered by Microsoft on November 3. The event showcased the new facility that is now open to area youth and teens. “It was an amazing night,” said Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Jane Ronngren. “This community has waited so long for this day, and we are ready to make a positive impact on the 6,000 teens living in the Sammamish area.”
The Grand Opening featured performances from local teens Cathleen McAllister and the group “Catalyst” on the Performance Stage, cooking demonstrations in the Teaching Kitchen, membership registrations in the Technology Lab, an art activity in the Multipurpose Room, ping pong, pool, foosball, and Kinect in the Games Room, and even some teens getting their homework done in the Study Lounge. The event also included a ribbon cutting ceremony with speeches from Ronngren, Sammamish Mayor Don Gerend, and Microsoft executive Jon Roskill, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group.
The new teen center is open after school until 7pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm for youth and teens in grades 6-12. Memberships are required and free trials are also being offered. Ronngren said weekend “Late Night” events will soon be scheduled along with special programs and extended hours beginning in January.
While the Grand Opening celebrated the launch of the facility, Ronngren says fundraising efforts continue. “We are so grateful for the leadership contribution from Microsoft and other donations to complete the $1 million renovation, but we still have a lot of work to do. Like Boys & Girls Club facilities in other communities, we need to raise funds from area individuals, community groups, and businesses to help cover operational costs. We also need to raise approximately $3 - $3.5 million to build a high school size gymnasium. Fundraising is something we do every day, and our staff, Board of Directors, and Steering Committee continue to drive our efforts.”
Located at 825 228th Ave. NE, the renovation of the former library began on July 18, 2011. The City of Sammamish and Boys & Girls Clubs of King County entered into a partnership in the fall of 2010. According to the partnership, the city will maintain ownership of the property and lease the facility to the Boys & Girls Club for $1 per year. The Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club will be responsible for all costs of running the facility as well as all program offerings.
For more information or to get involved with the Sammamish EX3 Teen & Recreation Center ~ Powered by Microsoft, please contact Jane Ronngren at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 250-4781.
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You are invited to one of the biggest events ever for the greater Sammamish community and the Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club…
I hope you can join us for this special evening as we embark upon greatness and when we open our doors for the first time! All are welcome to come tour our new gathering place for teens.
November 3, 2011 6pm - 9pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 7pm
Sammamish EX3 Teen and Recreation Center
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The community is invited to experience live music from area teen bands including "Catalyst" on the performance stage, cooking demonstrations in the teaching kitchen, membership sign-ups in the technology lab, fun for all in the games room and more.
July 19, 2011 - Construction Begins!
Boys & Girls Clubs of King County has teamed up with Andersen Construction to complete the interior renovation of the Sammamish EX3 Teen and Recreation Center. The renovation is scheduled to begin on July 18 and is expected to be completed within sixty days. The EX3 (which stands for ‘Explore, Experience, Excite’) Teen and Recreation Center will consist of a technology lab, teaching kitchen, performance stage, games room, study space, multi-purpose room, and a future gymnasium. The facility will also be available for community use during school hours.
Boys & Girls Clubs of King County partnered with the City of Sammamish in 2010 to convert the former library on 228th Avenue NE into an EX3 Teen and Recreation Center to be operated by the Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club. With Boys & Girls Clubs EX3 Teen Centers providing much-needed services in Federal Way, Rainier Valley, and Mercer Island, the Sammamish facility looks to make a similar impact on the Plateau.
“We are so thankful to the City of Sammamish for recognizing the community’s need for an EX3 Teen and Recreation Center”, said Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Jane Ronngren. “We have more than 6,000 teens living in the Sammamish area, and providing a place where teens are able to explore new challenges, experience new opportunities, and get excited about their skills, interests, and most importantly, their futures, is critical to our community. Last month over 1,200 teens attended our fourth annual Teen Fest in partnership with the City, clearly demonstrating the need for an EX3 Teen and Recreation Center.”
The organization has raised more than $1 million for the renovation from individual, foundation, and corporate gifts including a leadership contribution from Microsoft. The Boys & Girls Club will also embark on a Community Campaign to raise funds for operating costs. The Community Campaign will consist of appeals to area families, businesses, and community groups.
“The Sammamish community has waited so long for this to happen. We are grateful for their patience and confident they will be a part of this amazing opportunity”, said Ronngren. “We will soon be offering regularly scheduled public tours so that the community can experience first-hand the future of its youth and teens.”
For more information or to get involved with the Sammamish EX3 Teen Center, please contact Jane Ronngren at email@example.com or 425.250.4781
In partnership with the City of Sammamish, the Boys and Girls Club of King County is renovating the old King County Library to accommodate space for growth and enrichment of Sammamish's youth. The new Sammamish EX3 Teen and Recreation Center will include a tech lab, performance stage, study and activity space and a demonstration kitchen.
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For more information on the Boys and Girls Club of King County please visit their website at http://www.positiveplace.org.
Currently the old library (future Recreation Center) is not available for rental.
For more information regarding the renovation and construction of the new Recreation Center please contact Kellye Hilde, Parks Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.295.0582.