There was free food and face-painting, a bouncy house and pinewood derby races as kids of all ages ran to and fro and shrieked with laughter that echoed through the halls.
Northshore Y Executive Director Luann Jackman thanked the crowd and the city for their support and the opportunity to run recreational programs out of the CEC, which the city shut down 18 months ago because of budget woes.
Woodinville Weekly publisher Julie Boselly provided some history, speaking about her mother Carol Edwards who founded the newspaper in 1976, helped create the All Fools’ DayParade and was a Northshore Y board member — to name just a few of her achievements. Boselly reminded the crowd of Edwards’ famous credo: Get involved in your community; that’s how you change things.
Woodinville Mayor Bernie Talmas was also on hand and thanked Jackman and her staff for the outstanding work they’ve done in stepping up to fill the void.
The YMCA offers 18 group exercise classes, from Zumba to Pilates and kids’ activities, as well as seasonal programming including youth and adult basketball, summer camp, healthy lifestyle programs and computer workshops.
The Y at the Carol Edwards Center last year also provided more than 50 rental opportunities including wedding receptions and hosted a Women’s Show, Senior Olympics, Halloween party and breakfast with Santa — among other events.
According to Jackman, the Y at CEC is averaging over 1,000 participants a week in various programs and activities.
Furthermore, Woodinville residents walked through its doors more than20,000 times in 2011.
Jackman said the Y’s immediate goals are to deepen its relationship with Woodinville, including the city council, city staff and residents, to work together to strengthen the foundation of the community.
Jackman also spoke of the need to rid the community of hunger through partnerships which will provide food programs for students in the summer. To that end the Y will create a community kitchen to provide emergency food resources as well as opportunities to help the community be healthier.
The Northshore School District and PTSA, she said, have also gotten on board with the initiative.