From left, King County Councilman Reagan Dunn, Mayor Denis Law, Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin, Renton School District Superintendent Damien Pattenaude and King County Councilman Dave Upthegrove. (Courtesy photo)

King County gives $75,000 to Family First Community Center

The community center was proposed by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and the city of Renton.

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:00am
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King County presented the city of Renton $75,000 for the Family First Community Center.

King County council members Dave Upthegrove and Reagan Dunn presented the check to Mayor Denis Law, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and Renton School District Superintendent Damien Pattenaude on Wednesday.

According to a press release, the county capital came from the Kingdome surplus funds.

“It is great that supporters throughout the region are stepping forward to help with this important effort, and we are delighted to receive this check from King County,” said Law in a press release. “My personal thanks to King County council members Dave Upthegrove and Reagan Dunn for their help to champion this effort and recognize the benefits that Family First Community Center can provide for the children and youth in our community.”

The community center, proposed by Baldwin and the city of Renton, projected to be an approximate 25,000-square-foot center right next to Cascade Elementary School, in the heart of the Benson community. It aims to provide free educational and recreational opportunities, offer health and fitness programs, as well as have on-site health and wellness programs. It will also aim to have after-school classes and programs, including youth sports, art classes, music classes and technology classes.

“The Family First Center represents amazing community partnerships and has a mission dedicated to supporting youth and families in Renton,” said Upthegrove . “Our county contribution will help bring wrap around services to the Benson Hill neighborhood of my district. I’m so excited to be a part of this project.”

Dunn said, “Community centers provide valuable programs and services to families. I am glad to have helped secure funding to support the vision of the Family First Community Center facility and how it will support the Greater Renton Community.”

The community center previously received a $3 million from First Family Northwest Foundation and $4 million from Renton City Council for its $15 million capital campaign projects. The project is also in partnership between Renton School District and HealthPoint.

Renton School District is expected to provide land for the center next to Cascade Elementary School, according to the release.

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