The City of Bellevue’s population has exploded by 47 percent in the last 20 years. The economics has shifted too — a lot more parents both work outside of the home; there are more single parent households, and low-income households.
That’s why the new Jim and Sally A. Nordstrom Bellevue Boys & Girls Clubhouse unveiling Oct. 6, means so much to so many people. The community needs places like this — for people of all ages to connect, learn, meet, grow, and play.
“We are so thrilled to show off this building to you,” said Kathy Haggart, the president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue. She was excited to open the doors to the people who helped make it a reality — city leaders and donors were in attendance and in awe. “But most important, we simply can’t wait to show it off to the kids!”
The clubhouse is expected to be open to the kids soon.
Looking at the wide-open bright space full of green and blue chairs that have yet to be sat in, little cubbies waiting to hold backpacks, and the freshly painted inspiring quotes on the walls, one woman said dreamily, “To be a kid again!”
The 27,000-square-foot clubhouse features a shiny new gym, state-of-the-art tech lab, a large teaching kitchen, games room, a tween/teen multipurpose space, Internet café, community room, education center, and a preschool. The space spans three floors and windows overlook Downtown Bellevue Park.
The facility broke ground last October. The new Clubhouse is replacing the one that was built in the 1940s and remodeled in the 1970s. The layout was outdated, the HVAC system was failing, and the roof was leaking. It’s fresh, modern, and beautiful and looks like something that will serve the community for many decades to come.
The $24.5 million fundraising goal not only went to fund the main clubhouse project in downtown, but also to build a new field house in Hidden Valley and a new teen center in Lake Hills. They are about $750,000 away from reaching their total fundraising goal.
Learn more about the BE great Bellevue fundraising campaign and more online.