Though they feared they would be facing a reduction in hours due to the loss of nonprofit funding, several local community centers — including Queen Anne and Magnolia — will receive supplemental funds from the city.

Seattle-based nonprofit Associated Recreation Council had assisted Seattle Parks and Recreation in providing funding for additional hours to support drop-in programming at several area community centers since 2017, but the organization recently announced it would be unable to continue its funding.

In addition to the facilities in Queen Anne and Magnolia, centers in the Ballard and Loyal Heights neighborhoods were also affected.

Magnolia Advisory Council member Kacey Kroeger said the city's contributions, while helpful, do not address the entire problem, since the increase in city funding is only replacing that which was lost from ARC.

"I am disappointed that we are not getting more hours, because of the strong need in the community," Kroeger said. "While we are happy that the (regular) hours are back, please don't forget that the center is in need of a rebuild — we need a new center."

Kroeger said she has met with many people around Magnolia who say they could use more publicly funded opportunities for recreation and that the current center is limited in many ways, not the least of which being its size.

Seattle Parks and Recreation received much feedback from city residents who were afraid that a possible reduction in hours at the community centers would impact their lives, impeding their access to low-cost or free recreational activities offered in a public space, according to an SPR news release.

“We have a responsibility to listen to community — and to work with community to help make Seattle a more inclusive and just place,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan in the news release. “The city needed to step up to protect and preserve this access to our community centers that had previously been supported by our non-profit partner. It’s good news that we found a solution."

SPR communications manager Rachel Schulkin writes in an email to the Queen Anne & Magnolia News that the city preserved the community centers’ ability to offer various programming.

“These additional hours will give community center users additional hours to participate in drop-in programs (basketball, pickleball, drop-in pottery, etc), along with some additional programming," she writes in the email.

The release states the city is divvying up an additional $152,500 between the community centers, ensuring that these facilities remain fully operational. Funds from the Seattle Metropolitan Park District will foot the bill for the city's additional support of these four community centers.

These monies will be allocated to the community centers by the time ARC's funding runs out, so there will be no interruption of services as a result of the switch-up.

Multiple calls over the past week to Maria Hawkins, president of Queen Anne Community Center advisory council, went unanswered.