Think of it like a couple getting married or having a baby.
There’s a long list of things needed to furnish the home.
In this case, it’s an 18,000-square-foot space for some 3,000 youths.
A gift registry of sorts has been set up for the new Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club, which is slated to open in mid-December.
Mukilteo doesn’t have a Chris Pratt, like the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club had — a star-fueled raffle raised $500,000 for the organization’s new center there in 2017.
The Mukilteo club is seeking sponsors to pitch in a few bucks or a few thousand.
Items are needed in every room. These include a teen room, community room, games room, gym and kitchen.
Donors can find options to fit their wallets and interests.
“Someone can say, ‘I’m really interested in STEM and want to help out here,’” said Mike Neumeister, an area director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, referring to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. “Or a pool table or basketballs or volleyball nets.”
If $2,500 for bleachers or $1,000 for a computer is not in your budget, how about $150 for soccer balls?
The building is locked, but tours by appointment are available for people wanting to see the club, which is getting finishing touches to its floors and walls.
On a recent morning, a group of Windermere real estate brokers toured the place, eyeing the gym.
“We’re hoping to get the scoreboard sponsored by Windermere,” broker Mike Miller said. “People are always going to look up as the score changes. Think how many games are here.”
Construction is scheduled to begin here next month on the new home of a Boys &Girls Club, a $5 million building set to open in the fall of 2018.
The club will be built on a 13-acre site at 10600 47th Place W. in the Harbour Pointe community.
The building will be named The Shin Center in honor of former State Sen. Paull Shin, who served for 15 years in the Washington state Senate.
About half of the property is buildable, with room for sports fields. The rest is wetlands.
It’s close to Kamiak High School, an elementary and middle school, and just a few blocks off Harbour Pointe Boulevard, said Bill Tsoukalas, executive director of the Boys &Girls Club of Snohomish County.
“It’s a great location,” he said. The planned 18,000-square-foot building will have a gym, computer lab, and a multi-purpose room. There’s space to add a second gym in the future.