City Manager’s Report
For week ending Mar. 12, 2021

City facilities within Normandy Park have been identified as deficient for decades. This memo is intended to provide interested parties information and resources regarding the current actions taken by the council to address the City’s facilities.


The Highline School District constructed current facilities in the early 1950s.


The City reportedly purchased the property for $1 after the Highline School District no longer needed the facility.


Council formed the Facilities Planning Task Force.


The final report of the Facilities Planning Task Force was presented to the council in November.


The City contracted with a consultant to evaluate the safety and feasibility of repairing the Recreation Center.

Results indicated approximately 1.5 million dollars in critical and necessary repairs with an additional 1 million dollars in recommended repairs. The critical and necessary repairs indicated within the report would increase the building’s structural integrity to approximately 60% of current codes. Additional surveys confirm the assessment report and inadequate soils compounded by unreinforced masonry block construction.

View the reports:

The City contracted with Miller Hull in November of 2019 to provide conceptual design and cost estimation for a new Civic Center that would include indoor recreation opportunities. Through the Yellow Tag Project, they engaged the city staff, council, and public.


The council held a special meeting in January to discuss the Rec Center and the plan moving forward. This meeting can be viewed in 2 parts here and here.

As a result of the meeting, a resolution to demolition the Recreation Center was drafted and presented to the council at the regularly scheduled February meeting. Resolution 966 passed, and the City is currently moving forward with the necessary planning and contracting required to decommission and demolish the Recreation Center building.

Current council directives indicate a desire to secure Levy lid lift funding before moving forward with a new bond measure to fund a new Civic Center and Recreation Center. City Manager Hoppen presented the Civic Center design options in detail during the January Special Meeting. The next steps, design options, and funding options are detailed in this document.

Additionally, Council has directed the Civic Center Replacement Project Committee to resume meetings to engage further and refine the process of replacing our aging facilities. These meetings will be posted on the City website’s event calendar. Community participation is welcome and encouraged!

– Mark E. Hoppen, City Manager
City of Normandy Park
801 SW 174th Street
Normandy Park, WA 98166
(206) 248-8246 (Direct Phone)