The Ballard and Loyal Heights community centers will see reduced hours starting in September.
Seattle Parks is cutting hours at four total community centers in Seattle — the centers in Queen Anne and Magnolia will also have their hours reduced.
According to a Seattle Times report, Ballard will lose 10 weekly hours, with Loyal Heights losing seven hours. Queen Anne and Magnolia centers will no longer be open on Saturdays. All four will close earlier on weekdays.
Seattle Parks spokeswoman Rachel Schulkin told the Times that the department can no longer afford to keep the centers open for as many hours because they lost crucial funding.
Local nonprofit the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) had been paying for the additional hours at a cost of $158,000 per year, but have withdrawn funding because they determined that the arrangement isn’t sustainable.
We’ve contacted both the Ballard and Loyal Heights Community Centers for more information regarding which programs will be cut as a result — we’ll update when we learn more.