The Carol Edwards Center is a main staple for the City of Woodinville, not just for what it provides to the city, but the name that it carries; “The Carol Edwards Center.” Carol Edwards, “the mother of Woodinville” did so much for her community when she came to Woodinville in 1976. Her dreams were big; starting the Woodinville Weekly, All Fools Day Parade, Teen Northshore, and the Farmers Market. Sadly, the “Mother of Woodinville” passed away in 2007. Just before her death, the city named a building after her in hopes of carrying on her dreams of providing a sense of community to Woodinville. They named the building the “Carol Edwards Center” in her honor.
A few years after opening the Carol Edwards Center the city had to make the tough choice of closing the center due to decreasing revenue. The city, not wanting to give up on the dream of a community center looked to local organizations to come forward to determine if they would have the resources to re-open the center. And, the Northshore Y stepped up. During January 2011, the Y took over the Carol Edwards Center to bring a community center back to Woodinville.
The Y is a perfect fit for the center with their mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. They have now implemented youth programs such as camps, language classes, drama programs, and youth sports. They have also provided a place for people to start a life of healthy living through classes such as Pilates Reformers, Zumba, and Yoga. Through these programs the Y is providing a social responsibility of bringing a sense of community back to the city of Woodinville.
As an organization, the Northshore Y hopes they can keep Carol Edwards dream of community alive, through their mission. The Y has started by implementing classes for Woodinville residents without having to become a member. They have also welcomed the Chamber of Commerce into the building to assist Woodinville businesses. Carol Edwards and the Y have many things in common, but the underlying message is a sense of community and responsibility to the Woodinville community. The Y hopes that Woodinville residents and businesses will help in promoting the Y and our mission.