Northwest NEWS

October 23, 2000

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Youngsters get involved in Duvall Youth Center planning

by Lisa Allen
   Valley View Editor
   DUVALL - Youngsters here are eager to take part in the planning of the town's proposed youth center, according to Connie Zimmerman, Duvall Capital Project Manager, who is coordinating the effort.
   "Of 25 residents who attended the latest community planning meeting for the center, about two-thirds of them were kids," said Zimmerman. "We brought everyone up to date and emphasized why it is important to start the planning early because of design, permitting and funding."
   Zimmerman added that the future administration of the center needs to be addressed early on, as well.
   "We need to know now how all of this will work," she said. "Other concerns to be addressed include noise, traffic and parking, safety and kids loitering."
   The proposed center is the former police station on Stella Street. Once a church, the building has stood empty since the police department moved to new quarters in City Hall a few years ago.
   "This is a good civics lesson for the kids," Zimmerman said. "They can learn how the planning process for something such as this happens."
   Zimmerman said questionnaires were passed out at Cedarcrest High School and Tolt Middle School that asked students what they would like to see in a youth center ... what "fun" things kids like to do and the times of day that would work best for them.
   "When we get the questionnaires back, we will be able to see patterns that would give us demographic information for grants," she said.
   Zimmerman said Cory Shepard, who administers the Kirkland Teen Center, explained at the last meeting that Kirkland has just been through the planning of its center, which is now under construction.
   "Friends of Youth entered an agreement to administer and fund the operation," she said. "Although we may not follow the same program Kirkland did, their model will be helpful."
   She said Kirkland is currently using an interim building for their youth program. Popular events held there include arts and crafts classes, homework help and tutoring, open mike availability, swing dance classes and special events such as dances that do not use amplified music.
   The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 2, 6 p.m. at the fire hall.