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South Park Information Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Seventy-five community members, neighborhoods leaders and service providers met this weekend to celebrate the Grand Opening of the South Park Information and Resource Center (SPIARC).   SPIARC, which has been in operation in South Park since 2007 recently moved locations to a space that would better accommodate the community’s needs.   A small presentation showcased various services and resources that are available to the community.  While enjoying tamales, made by South Park’s own Doña Petra, attendees were introduced South Park Action Agenda Board Members and were updated on upcoming community projects. 
SPIARC is a multi-lingual resource for many of South Park’s immigrant population, SPIARC serves as a place where community members can connect with one another and obtain vital information.  More than 100 people visit the information center each month. Services include environmental education for homes and businesses, employment assistance, English as a second language classes, translation services, childcare and connections with programs and services with Seattle and King County. Since 2008, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has worked with the Center to build organizational capacity, promote sustainable fundraising opportunities, as well as to expand the services to low-income individuals in South Park.  

The South Park Information and Resource Center is located on 1408 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108