To create an accessible Mariner Community Campus to provide basic needs and resources to local residents in the Mariner-area community. The campus would be based on a permanent public-private partnership to:
- Build a safe and accessible community campus
- Provide a community benefit meeting the basic needs of all residents
- Support the Mariner area through integrated and high-quality services and amenities that reinforce healthy families and a strong community
The project’s guiding principles include: Free and equal access to resources and technology, community opportunities, connection to community and social equity.
Sno-Isle Libraries identified an underserved need and in February 2017, opened the Mariner Library in a storefront as a demonstration project. Since the doors opened, there have been more than 80,000 visits to the community library.
State Sen. Marko Liias, D-Mukilteo, well-familiar with the challenges of access to services faced by area residents, looked at the community response and saw an opportunity for more.
In 2017, conversations began about the concept for a permanent Mariner Community Campus with United Way Snohomish County, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, the Mukilteo School District and Sno-lsle Libraries. Through those talks and Sen. Liias’ work in the Legislature, the state’s 2018 Capital Budget includes an allocation of $322,000 to begin shaping the vision for a Mariner Community Campus.
Community partners include the Community Foundation of Snohomish County, the YMCA of Snohomish County, Volunteers of American Western Washington, Washington State Family and Community Engagement Trust, Washington State University, United Way of Snohomish County, Snohomish STEM, Snohomish County, Mukilteo School District, Snohomish Health District, Edmonds Community College, Leadership Snohomish County, the State of Washington, Economic Alliance Snohomish County, and the University of Washington Bothell.