SUMMARY: Following city council approval last night of an authorization request, the Lynnwood parks and recreation department will be interviewing candidates in December and January for a wide range of positions to be filled at its newly renovated and expanded community recreation center. Two new positions are Aquatics Assistant Supervisor and Fitness Coordinator. A new position of .875 FTE Senior Lifeguard will also be filled, plus many part-time rec center staff openings. The $25.5 million project is funded through increases in taxes on the use of cable television, telephones, cell phones and pagers.
BACKGROUND: Lynnwood is a fast-growing city of 34,000 in Snohomish County, Wash. The Lynnwood Recreation Center closed in December 2009 for major renovation.
It is set to re-open in April, 2010 with twice as much swimming pool space and three times as much fitness space. Improvements will include new leisure and wellness pools, water slide, partially retractable pool roof, new fitness and weight room and group exercise space. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts has identified numerous positions to be filled in order to meet state safety requirements, develop and run programs, maintain 99.5 weekly open hours, and generate projected revenues to help fund the facility’s operation. According to a city fact sheet, the renovation and expansion project will cost $25.5 million and will be paid for through a 3% hike in the city’s utility tax on use of phones, cell phones and pagers and a new 1% cable television utility tax, both effective 1/1/09. Permanent financing of the facility’s operations is to be paid for through city borrowing, via 20-25 year general obligation bonds purchased by investors, and through user fees and a solid waste utility tax effective 1/1/10. However, increased property taxes and a business licensing tax – discussed in a mayoral budget memo to the council, were among the new revenue measures approved by the council last night and may result in alterations to the rec center’s long finance plan.
KEY LINK: Recruitment Authorization: Recreation Center Staff, City Council action item approved 11/29/10.
- The Lynnwood City Council is asked to authorize recruitment for aquatics, fitness and customer service positions at its expanded city Recreation Center which is to re-open in April.
- New full-time positions to be filled are Aquatics Assistant Supervisor and Fitness Coordinator.
- A .875 FTE position to be filled is Senior Lifeguard.
- Numerous part time positions to be filled are for lifeguards, swim instructors, recreation specialists, weight room attendant and customer service clerks.
- Interviews will occur in December and January, hiring in January, training in February, soft opening of the rec center in mid-March, and opening in April.
Recreation Center Renovation and Expansion Project site, City of Lynnwood.