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By Daniel Johnson
Edmonds Waterfront Center 

Waterfront Center: Who, what, when, where, why | Guest View


Last updated 6/17/2021 at 9:02am

During the pandemic, like many families, we got a puppy. One of the most difficult things to teach a puppy is “wait.”

You put the delicious bowl of food on the floor then ask him to “sit” (that’s easy). Then give him the command to “wait.” His eyes dart back and forth from my eyes to the bowl then back to my eyes trying to anticipate when I will say “OK.” It can be excruciating for both of us.

The new Waterfront Center has been completed for months. Some have visited the Potlatch Bistro (just inside the west entrance) but have not seen the rest of the building. Due to the pandemic, we keep saying “wait” – it is excruciating for all of us.

Who, what, when, where and why – understandably, the endless questions come every day.

You deserve answers.

Who: The Waterfront Center is intended for everyone. The building was built and is owned by the Edmonds Senior Center. The land is owned by the City, which manages the parking and shoreline.

What: The Waterfront Center is best described as a community center that offers all generations a place to gather, learn, and celebrate together. From exercise classes to lecture series, there will be something for everyone.

You can also come down to eat lunch at the Potlatch Bistro or visit our second floor Health & Wellness Center. You don’t need to be a member, but the dollar drip coffee for members is reason enough to join.

When: That is not an easy question, since the guidelines keep shifting. Based on the latest information from the CDC and the governor’s office, we are aiming at June 30 to begin opening up the building for more regular programing.

For weeks we have been offering one-on-one health-care appointments and lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, but when will we be offering classes in the building? Staff is busy at work on a program phasing-in plan. Classes and meetings for small groups will be the first to start meeting inside the building.

You will see more regular programming added in July and over the coming months. Check our website for a full listing: http://www.edmondswaterfrontcenter.org.

Where: Today our classes are offered online. Once open, classes and activities will be offered in nine rooms of different size and configuration, throughout the day and evening.

Why: Why do we still need to wear masks in the building? Even though new CDC guidelines suggest those who are vaccinated can stop wearing a mask inside and outside, we cannot effectively know who has been vaccinated and who has not. As a result, until further notice, we will continue our current mask policy: We ask that everyone visiting the EWC wear a mask.

Those coming for a health-care appointment will enter through the east entrance and be screened at the door. People coming for lunch at the Potlatch Bistro will enter through the west entrance. Temperatures will no longer be taken for dinners. Masks will not be required while seated in the dining room.

Things are moving in the right direction. We are actively preparing to open for programming in July. However, because your safety remains our top priority, for the time being we are saying “wait.”

We are in this together.


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