The Community Center at Mercer View is located on the north end of Mercer Island on a hill overlooking Luther Burbank Park. The 42,000 sq. ft. center is open seven days a week and was designed to provide a variety of activities and gathering spaces to meet the needs of Mercer Island’s diverse community.
For athletes or anyone looking to get in shape, the community center offers a variety of opportunities to work out. There is a fitness room with tread mills, elliptical trainers, circuit training equipment, and free weights along with a locker room and showers. Island residents enjoy a discount, but anyone over 15 can make use of this equipment by purchasing a day pass or an inexpensive monthly pass. The community center also has a 10,000 sq. ft. gym featuring a full basketball court, state-of-the art sound system and electronic score board. The center regularly hosts community games of badminton, pickleball and volleyball in the gym, as well as a weekly exercise class in the fitness room.
Families with young children will find an assortment of activities to enjoy at the community center. A children’s play area features plenty of legos and trains to go around, and four days a week the gym is transformed into an indoor playground with bouncy houses, scooters and toys. The center also offers many pre-school programs, both parent participation classes and drop-off classes that allow parents a chance to work out in the fitness room or enjoy a quiet break in the library while their child is in class.
Older children, teens and adults can also find many interesting classes to take at the community center. Programs for children include gymnastics, ballet, martial arts, writing and guitar lessons. For teens, both babysitting instruction and camp counselor training are available, including certification in first aid and CPR. Among the adult class offerings are opportunities to learn bridge, photography, foreign languages or gardening skills, while senior activities range from yoga to volleyball, with occasional special events such as a spring pancake breakfast.
In addition to the many structured activities offered, there are plenty of opportunities for quiet relaxation or casual get-togethers with friends. The lobby features a rotating gallery of local artwork available for sale. There is Wi-Fi available throughout the building as well as two free public computers on-site. A pool table, foosball table and card games can be found in the game room. The library contains a variety of books, magazines and newspapers, and on pleasant summer days the outside covered patio provides a fabulous place to curl up with a book or enjoy a conversation with friends.
The community center was also designed to host events ranging from business meetings to special celebrations. Meeting rooms are available for rent and come with LCD projectors, sound equipment and Wi-Fi. Children’s birthday parties hosted at the center allow parents to enjoy the day while the staff provides the set-up, clean-up, decorations and plates, along with gym time or an arts and crafts activity. A large formal space offering stunning views of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains is perfect for everything from company parties to weddings. The center can accommodate up to 225 guests in this space, and also has a large catering kitchen available with all the equipment necessary to cook a delicious meal.
The Community Center at Mercer View is truly a community gathering point for Mercer Island. It is a place where residents of all ages and backgrounds can come together and share in common interests, make new friends, and celebrate special occasions together.