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White Cliff a multi-usage facility
By Gretchen Klein


September 21, 2006

There is a big decision in the near future when voters go to the polls October 3rd to decide on the proposition 1 - Half Cent Sales Tax for the White Cliff Project. The reality is that this is only .50 on every $100 we spend. The White Cliff Project has been a multigenerational collaboration between the Senior Center, First City Players, Ketchikan Ballet Studio, and Ketchikan Arts and Humanities Council to plan and restore a facility to serve a variety of purposes under one roof.

The S.E Center at 1016 Water Street has been a blessing and served its purpose for several decades. We have an opportunity decide to give our seniors an upgraded venue to enjoy their golden years. The White Cliff Building has pros and cons. Realizing how important the decision will be to the community I invite you to think about the following when you make your decision in the near future.

The White Cliff Center Facility creates a multi-usage facility for varieties organizations. This includes better parking, an updated commercial kitchen, and spacious areas for all the wonderful activities, and programs for the seniors. It may entice many baby boomers to stay in Ketchikan. It appears that some of our aging population leave because they want one stop convenience during their golden years. The S.E. Senior Center, Care Coordinator, and Alaska Community Services could all could expand their programs at this new site.

This being said, I invite you to review the following:

The Facility Opportunities at White Cliff Center:

  • Parking that is on one level and parking not dangerous angled especially in the winter months
  • Easy access for people with special needs or wheelchairs
  • Quiet Space for the seniors
  • Hot meals in a new commercial kitchen
  • Conference areas for weekly and monthly meetings
  • Intergenerational Events
  • Yearly Banquets and Special Events
  • Space for card games, pool and puzzle tables
  • Wood shop, arts and crafts area, and painting classes
  • Educational, Exercise, Dance, and Travel Workshops


Thank you,

Gretchen Klein
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: Gretchen Klein is the Director of Ketchikan Youth Court and Ketchikan Program Coordinator for Alaska Community Services.

On the Web:

Proposition 1 - Sales Tax Increase: For the full text of Ordinance No. 1403 click here

Proposition 2 - Bonds: For the full text of Ordinance No. 1404 click here

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