After having locked doors for four months, there is life at the Carol Edwards Center.
About a month ago the Northshore YMCA moved a portion of its operation into the edifice that was mothballed by the Woodinville City Council on January 1 because of budget woes and operates in two of the former community center’s four buildings.
"It’s been a real blessing for us to have this additional space,"
Northshore Y’s membership services representative Mo Holt said.
"Northshore was overflowing at the seams and it’s been a great opportunity for us to serve more people."
While programming is currently limited to Zumba, Pilates Reformer and open-gym basketball, the computer lab remains available and on June 20 things will pick up further when the Y will run the "Discovery in Action" section of its summer camp — for kids entering grades 4 through 6 — out of the Evergreen Room.
Zumba is a form of aerobics that features Latin rhythms to create a dynamic workout, and classes are offered at the CEC six days a week.
"It’s the new exercise craze that’s getting really popular and we’re starting to fill up," Holt said.
Holt expects a big response for Pilates Reformer, which opened Monday and will run at least two daily classes Monday through Friday.
A Pilates Reformer resembles a single bed frame with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs that regulate tension and resistance to provide a more challenging strength and endurance workout than regular Pilates mat classes.
"We’ve been planning to run this program for a couple years at Northshore but we didn’t have enough space for the machines," Holt said.
Open gym basketball is available every Tuesday night from 7 to 9 p.m.
Facility rentals are available for the Willows, Evergreen and Madrona rooms, and Holt said happily that a wedding was scheduled for June 25 — the first since the CEC doors were reopened.
Joe Robustelli, business and member engagement director for Northshore YMCA, says the CEC will see more activity in the future, including yoga classes.
"The community seems excited that we’re there and we absolutely plan to increase our programming in the coming weeks," he said.
The CEC has another new tenant, as the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce moved its offices there also about a month ago.
Executive Director David Witt was on vacation, but office manager Suzanne Rollins said they were delighted with the new arrangement.
"We’re happy to be here," she said. "It’s quiet and we have a lot more space. We were sharing space with a wine tasting room which is not conducive to quiet," she said with a laugh. "They were great neighbors but at times it was loud."
Particularly pleasing to Rollins is the additional space for the chamber’s massive rack of tourism brochures. "In the old place they were in my office and it was a little tight," she said.
Has she seen an increase in foot traffic at the new digs? "Maybe a little, but it usually ramps up during the summer months when we have more visitors. Vacationers come to town and stop in to see what they can find out about Woodinville from us. We do get some spillover from the Y, who are really great neighbors — very friendly and fun. I think it’s going to be a really good partnership."