PARKLAND — On Saturday, May 20th, the Parkland Community Association is hosting a Birthday Party for the Parkland School, to celebrate the history of the community.
When:Saturday, May 20th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Keithley Middle School, 12324 12th Ave S, Parkland, WA 98444
What: There will be door prizes, food, live music and entertainment for the whole family. We will also have speakers sharing the value the school has had to the community, an update on efforts to save Parkland School, and facts and visions for its adaptive reuse.
Why: Parkland School is an historic landmark, located on Pacific Ave and 121st Street South, that has been a part of the Parkland community for over 100 years. The school was built in 1908 and served as an elementary school to thousands of students. Since that time, it has housed university classes, provided space for family services, and served as the campus for a local private high school. In 2022, the school was threatened with demolition in order to build apartments. The Save Parkland School community members have been working hard to save it, but have less than a year to do so.
The Save Parkland School community group is part of a non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving the school and turning it into space that serves the community, young and old. Namely, Parkland is an area fraught with suburban sprawl that does not have a town hall, community center, museum, senior center, or events center. A community center would be an anchor place for people of all ages to come together and enjoy a variety of activities. The community center would provide a much-needed space for community events, activities, and after school programs. It would also be a place for people to gather and connect with neighbors.
The Save Parkland School community group is asking for your help to make this dream a reality. Please join us for the event on May 20th and learn more about the historic school and how you can help save this historic landmark.