Working to open the Fircrest Recreation Building for the community

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Fircrest Activity Center

By Denny Sargent

There is an amazing resource in our Shoreline community that is in limbo and a number of us in the community are seeking to revitalize it and reopen this possible community center, including meeting rooms, a kitchen and beautiful pools that could become an important resource for all of us, including Fircrest residents. Closed due to budget issues, we are seeking to reopen and renew this recreation building.

A recent tour of the Fircrest Recreation (or Activity) Building was a huge success. Over 32 people attended to take a peek around what is inside this gem of a building which is such a potential community asset for us all in Shoreline. For those of you who were not able to attend, here is a synopsis. Please keep in mind that there will likely be opportunities to view the building in the future.

The vast building holds the following rooms which we all saw; A huge space containing 2 pools and 2 large dressing room and support areas.

These pools are also equipped for people with all kinds of handicaps and that is a unique fixture. The pool area has a beautiful wall of windows as well.

There is an activity room, currently used by Fircrest residents, with a full kitchen and dining area. There are a number of empty offices and meeting rooms and a large gym with pull-out bleachers that can fit hundreds and a hidden full stage that opens up when in use for entertainment.

About the building are open, rolling fields with full sun just waiting for a p-patch or other gardens!

There are a number of other features but those are the main ones.

We had a wonderful and exhaustive and inspiring tour with frequent explanations by Jeff Fleshner, The Superintendent of Fircrest RHC and we all left feeling that this was a resource 'in limbo' due to funding cuts that would very much benefit the whole community for decades to come.

There will be an open meeting for interested people from the community on March the 3rd from 7-8:30 pm  at the Fircrest Recreation (Activity)  Building, just show up. the address is: Fircrest School RHC, 15230 15th NE, Shoreline 98155.

To get to Fircrest Activity Building, drive through the main entrance (off 15th ave NE, where 155th St hits it) take a left and it is the first building on the right, up on a small hill. Everyone interested is welcomed to join us, see you there!


Anonymous,  February 17, 2016 at 5:26 PM  

I hope you (we) are succesful keeping this open land and useful facility. I believe I heard a few years ago that the city of Shoreline wants to develop the site for commercial property. Tax revenue and all that.

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