Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County
History 1946 – Present
Boys Clubs of Snohomish County began in 1946 to help young boys spend their idle time in constructive athletic and social activities. The first Club was established in Everett and after two location changes, including the Everett Community College athletic complex, the Club finally settled into its current location in North Everett in 1965. A new building was constructed with funds raised through a $125,000 capital drive. In 1997, the Club was renovated and enlarged through another capital drive for $1.3 million. In 1999, the baseball field was completely renovated with funds from the EverTrust Foundation and lights were provided from city of Everett Community Development Block Grant funds. The field was named Gaffney Field in honor of Tom and Jim Gaffney for their work on behalf of youth baseball. In 2005, a new teen center was added on the second floor with funds from a $4.75 million capital campaign. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County own the building and grounds.
In 1961, after one year of demonstrated need and funding, the Mukilteo Boys Club was granted its charter. This facility is leased from the city of Mukilteo and was remodeled in 1984 to provide handicap accessibility. In 1994 a new gym floor was installed. The lease expires on August 18, 2036.
In 1968, after having served youth for two years, the Edmonds Boys Club was granted its charter. This building is owned by the Edmonds School District and is located on school district property. The building and property are leased by the school district to the city of Edmonds who in turn lease it to the Boys & Girls Clubs. The city’s lease with the school district ends on January 31, 2021. Exterior remodeling in 1984 with Snohomish County Community Development Block Grant funds provided a new roof, windows and insulation. Snohomish County Community Development Block Grant funds provided for interior remodeling in 1988 to level the floors and reconfigure space. In 1996/97, the Alderwood Rotary Club, with assistance from the Edmonds Rotary Club, completely renovated the building to its current condition. The lease expires on December 31, 2015 and has a five year renewal option.
In 1974, a rented church at the north end of Olympic Avenue in downtown Arlington became the site of the Arlington Boys Club. When the church was sold, the Club moved to a downtown store front. In 1992, the city of Arlington, through Snohomish County Community Development Block Grant funds and private fundraising built a new 13,000 square foot youth center to be leased and used as a Boys & Girls Club on city property across from the Arlington airport. In 2001, the multipurpose field behind the Club was renovated through contributions from the EverTrust Foundation. The field was named Cal Kinney Field to honor Cal’s work in the community to build the new facility in 1992. The lease expires on April 30, 2027 and may be extended by an additional 15 years upon written request from the Boys & Girls Club. In 2011 an ongoing capital campaign was organized to raise $1.2 million to add a second gym, teen center, and computer lab.
In 1981, the Monroe Boys Club opened its doors in the former bus barn owned by the Monroe School District next to Frank Wagner Elementary School in downtown Monroe. After the inauguration day windstorm in 1991 tore off the roof, the building was renovated. In 1997, the city of Monroe built a new 15,000 square foot youth center to be leased and used as a Boys & Girls Club located next to Sky Valley Park behind city hall. The funds came from property sold by the city and by private contributions raised by the Boys & Girls Club. The lease expires on June 30, 2027. In 2006, the Boys & Girls Club added Phase 2 to the building that was not funded in 1997. Phase 2 funds came from the $4.75 million capital campaign and added 3,500 square feet which includes a teen center, computer lab and multipurpose community room.
In 1990, the Sultan Boys & Girls Club opened in a city owned building leased to the Boys & Girls Clubs. In 1999, a covered outdoor sport court was added and the downstairs was remodeled with Snohomish County Community Development Block Grant funds. In 2004, we entered into an agreement with the city to use the old City Council Chamber building next to the Club. In 2010, a fire destroyed both buildings and plans are being made to construct a new club using insurance, county and state funds. Now plans are in place to build a new 18,000 square-foot building at 617 First St in 2013.
In 1991, the Alderwood Boys & Girls Club opened, after a successful capital drive of $1.2 million built the 26,000 square foot facility on 10 acres owned by the Alderwood Manor Youth Club. An existing 8,000 square foot building was remodeled and an 18,000 square foot building was attached. The Boys & Girls Clubs had the property annexed into the city of Lynnwood in 1993 for better police and fire protection. Included on the property is a private residence and three baseball fields used by Alderwood Little League. A former horse arena used by 4H was renovated in 2004 for the third baseball field. In 2005, the Echelbarger Teen Center opened with funds from a $4.75 million capital campaign. The Boys & Girls Clubs own the building and has a 50 year ground lease which expires on May 31, 2039.
In 1997, the Tulalip Boys & Girls Club was opened after being built by the Tulalip Tribes and leased to the Boys & Girls Clubs. This 20,000 square foot building is the first Boys & Girls Club built on a Native American reservation in Washington State, and the sixth in the United States. The Tulalip Tribes annually contribute the funds needed to operate the Club. In 2010, a three year agreement was signed to continue to operate the Club. In 2012, a 1,700 square foot enclosure of the front entry created an Undersea Exploration Center, music studio and meeting space using $322,000 of restricted funds from the Tulalip auction and golf tournament to pay for the addition.
In 1998, the Granite Falls Boys & Girls Club opened in an old elementary school adjacent to the middle school. The Club shared part of the building with other school programs until 2000 when the school district passed a bond issue to expand the middle school. The Club had to move into and share the library building owned by the city of Granite Falls. The library moved into their new building in 2001 and we occupied the entire building until losing our lease on August 31, 2007. In September 2013, the Club will reopen in the old school administration office.
In 2000, we opened the South Everett/Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club after renovating the former bus barn owned by the Mukilteo School District. This 6,000 square foot building is located on Casino Road in South Everett and leased from the Mukilteo School District. The renovation was funded by city of Everett Community Development Block Grant funds, matching funds from the state of Washington, and a contribution from the Employee Community Fund of Boeing. In 2010, a new roof was added funded by city of Everett Community Development Block Grant funds. The lease expires on August 31, 2024. In 2011, an ongoing capital campaign was organized to increase the size of the building.
In 2003, the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club opened at the Averill Youth Complex in downtown Snohomish in partnership with the city of Snohomish and the Snohomish Valley Activities Council. It is a 17,000 square foot building with a games room, teen center, computer lab, multipurpose community room, arts/crafts room and gymnasium. The cost was $1.2 million and was funded through a $4.75 million capital campaign. The city owns the facility and we have a 35 year lease with a 15 year option to operate it as a Boys & Girls Club. The lease expires on September 12, 2038.
In 2004, the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club opened its Clubhouse at the Mitchell Community Center complex in downtown Lake Stevens in partnership with Clubs, Inc., which is the Lake Stevens Lions Clubs and the Lake Stevens Junior Athletic Association. The first phase was a renovation of the existing 7,000 square foot building to include a games room, teen center, computer lab, arts and crafts room, multipurpose room and offices. In 2005, a second phase added a 7,000 square foot gymnasium. Phase One costs were approximately $470,000, and the gymnasium costs were approximately $580,000. Phase One was funded through a $4.75 million capital campaign and Phase Two was partially funded with $350,000 from the State of Washington capital budget and in-kind donations from local general contractors and sub-contractors. We have a 30 year lease with a 10 year option at $1 per year to operate as a Boys & Girls Club. The Club is named the Bargreen Unit of Lake Stevens at the Mitchell Community Center in memory of Sam Bargreen, a member of one of the original Lake Stevens families.
In 2004, we were given the South Everett Youth & Community Center and was renamed the Cascade Boys & Girls Club. We have renovated the Club with city of Everett Community Development Block Grant funds by adding a computer lab, multipurpose room and a new gym floor. In 2009, the outdoor playground was renovated, a new roof, gutters and downspouts installed, and a new front entry added with city of Everett Community Development Block Grant funds. In 2011, new siding was installed to the building, electrical service upgraded, and windows and heating upgraded with city of Everett Community Development Block Grant funds.
In 2005, the state of Washington capital funds provided over $4 million to purchase 13 acres from the Department of Natural Resources in Harbour Pointe and give to the city of Mukilteo for ball fields and a new Boys & Girls Club. In 2006, we entered into a thirty year lease on the property with the city with the understanding we would have a new Club open by December 31, 2012. In 2009, we cleared and graded the property with $150,000 from the state capital budget. In 2011, the agreement regarding the new Club was extended to December 31, 2016 and a capital campaign is being organized to raise $4 million for the new Club and fields.
We chartered the Trailside Village Apartments in South Everett as a new Boys & Girls Club. The apartments serve low to moderate income families who qualify for Section 8 housing assistance. We closed Horizon Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary, Westwood Crossing, and Beverly Village extension sites because of the opening of new Club locations since 2003.
In 2009, the City of Marysville purchased the 10th Street School complex from the Marysville School District and leased it to us to operate the Marysville Boys & Girls Club. The Club opened in April and in 2010 we signed a fifteen year lease with the option to purchase the building from the city for $894,910. The City received $487,500 of capital funding from the state of Washington to reduce the purchase price with the balance to be paid with contributions from local donors. By 2011, we received $207,000 in contributions to pay the balance and received $140,000 in Snohomish County Community Development Block Grant funds to install a new roof, gutters, downspouts and siding.
In 2011 the Boys & Girls Club of Oak Harbor, an independent organization, became part of our organization.
The organization has two extension Clubs located outside of Snohomish County in Coupeville and Kingston. In 2011, a capital campaign was organized to raise $1 million in Coupeville and $2 million in Kingston to build new clubs on donated land.
In September of 2013 the Granite Falls Boys & Girls Club was opened.
In January 2014 we added another extension Club, the Warm Springs Boys & Girls Club located in Warm Springs Oregon.
In October 2014, groundbreaking took place for Gaffney Field upgrades at the Everett Boys & Girls Club. The upgraded field includes astroturf, a new scoreboard, fencing, dugouts, and seating. The renovations were made through partnership with Everett Community College, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Snohomish County Parks and Recreation. The Everett Community College women’s softball team uses the Club field.
In March 2015 the Brewster Boys & Girls Club opened. The new Sultan Club opened in partnership with the Volunteers of America and the City of Sultan. The old Sultan Club was destroyed by fire in 2010. In May a new Club in Inchelium was opened in partnership with the Colville Confederated Tribes. In December the new 12,000 sq ft Granite Falls Club opened.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County officially changed its name in 1982 from Boys Clubs to allow girls to participate. Boys & Girls Clubs of America changed their name from Boys Clubs in 1990. Today we have over 20,000 youth members in 21 Club locations and 15 school-based sites. In addition, we provide transportation from 39 schools to Clubs.