The School district specifically states on their website that space is needed for 10 pre-school classes, a gym, and cafeteria/commons. Storage, lockers, ramps and bathrooms designed for special needs students will also be needed. They may want a lobby, who knows what else.
The City is dying for feedback on our community centers, in particular ORSCC. So upon request by city staff I volunteered to dig in and help with a blog story. I was ignorant of ORSCC activities and how the building was laid out, so I toured it three times last week and studied their website:
Some of my ideas on how the City can create space for LWSD needs:
- Move the Parks and Recreation administrative offices to City Hall for a lobby?
- For the Classes: Eliminate "weddings, auctions, memorials, dances, meetings, birthdays and small exercise classes" from the 3,174 square foot auditorium. In anticipation of rapid Redmond Historical Society membership growth, move the society's eight, 3-hour Saturday Speaker Programs to the higher capacity Emerald Heights or RHS "Performing Arts Center" auditoriums. Should rapid membership growth be unlikely, the 4 spacious meeting rooms downstairs might work for the pre-school classes, and the Historical Society could continue to use the auditorium.
- For the Gym & cafeteria/commons: Eliminate the stand-alone exercise room. Membership at the Eastside Gym is only $18/month and it's open seven days a week at most hours. Eliminate 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Jazzercise and other loud school-time activities from the gym.
Hopefully, by creating the above space, the District will allow the City to:
- Use the gym for weekend sports activities, weekday evening sports, 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m Jazzercise.
- Temporarily keep the Redmond Historical Society office and museum in the Center and move it to the Justice White Building at a later date.
- Keep the "Adoptive Recreation and Inclusion" special needs members in the Center; perhaps the HERO House could accommodate the older autistic members.
- Keep the Iqra Academy Islamic Pre-School
- Keep the Tasveer non-profit office (Check out their exciting Environmental Festival event scheduled for Feb. 18-19!); .
- Keep the 4 (or 8) spacious upstairs rooms for District, City and Community meeting spaces. e.g. day care, cultural centers, visual & digital arts, private parties, public meetings, churches, non-profits.
- Keep the clay studio for elementary-aged art classes and community "throwing."
- Build a downstairs community cafeteria and gathering place, security office and social-needs facility.
I hope the District and City can salvage the "public works" art.
Upcoming community conversations about the Center (All meetings begin at )
- , Rose Hill Middle School
- , VALA at Redmond Town Center