EAST WENATCHEE — Eastmont Metro Parks and Recreation is in the process of buying the Living Room Church in East Wenatchee and converting it to a community center.
The 4,320-square-foot building at 230 N. Georgia Ave. will cost $549,000, said Sally Brawley, executive director of the parks and recreation district. She hopes the purchase will be finalized in the next month or so.
“Now that we have come to an agreement with the church and we’re moving forward, we are just looking for input from the community on what they would like to see,” she said. “It’s the first time we’ve had a community center in East Wenatchee, so everybody’s kind of learning what this would mean to them.”
The district currently has no indoor space for programs.
“For instance, when we hold our day camp and there’s hazardous smoke outside, we have no place to take our kids to get them inside,” Brawley said.
Residents can give input at a meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the parks and recreation office, 255 N. Georgia Ave.
Some ideas include cooking, nutrition, fitness and language classes; art programs; family game and movie nights; senior activities; and indoor sports. The space could also be rented out for events.
Brawley said the district is looking into partnering with Confluence Health and Columbia Valley Community Health for programs such as “Talk with a Doc” where residents could ask physicians questions.
“We’re open to all ideas,” she said.
The church has moved out of the building, but it wasn’t immediately clear where it had moved.