Virtual Miles for MESO 2020

This year we held a VIRTUAL Miles for Meso run / walk in order to keep the annual tradition going.

Since the first Miles for Meso in 2009, race participants have ran a total of 16,267 miles, and the event has raised over $650,000 for mesothelioma research. The race has become a fun, family-friendly way to raise awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos.

Organizations that have received these funds are the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (The Meso Foundation), the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and PENN Medicine’s mesothelioma program.

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FWCC Updates and More

Community Center Outside photoDear Members and Community,

During this time, your Community Center staff have been hard at work! Here are a few things that we have done over the past few months to ensure that we keep you safe upon reopening and to spruce up the facility! We are excited to show you everything we have done and can’t wait to open our doors again to the public!

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Outdoor Group Fitness Classes

Starting Friday, July 17, 2020, we will be offering outdoor Group Fitness Classes. $5 per class.

  • Classes will be marked out for social distancing
  • May be cancelled on occasion due to inclement weather
  • Participants will be required to wear masks until the classes start
  • Bring your own filled water bottle (access to the building will not be permitted)
  • Register for Outdoor Group Fitness Classes here



What is the Community Center’s reopening plan?
We are excited to open our doors soon! The Federal Way Community Center is considered an indoor recreation facility, which is eligible to open in phase 3 in King County. Once approved to enter this phase, we will announce opening dates for our facilities. Visit for the latest updates.

Will reservations be required to visit the community center?
Yes, we want to provide the most positive return experience possible for every member and guest. We are working on the logistics of a reservation system to ensure we are in compliance with capacity and group restrictions.

Will the pool open when the community center reopens?
Aquatic center will open when we reopen based on capacity restrictions and staff resources available. Hot tubs will also open with capacity restrictions. The steam room, and sauna will remain closed until guidelines allow reduced social distancing measures.

Will members ages 65 and older and high-risk individuals be able to visit the FWCC when it reopens?
We are unclear how the guidelines impact our 65+ and high risk populations at this time and will share more information as it becomes available. Thanks for your patience!

Are we taking the temperatures of everyone who enters the Community Center?
We are following guidelines from the governor’s office, which includes a health screening for everyone who enters the facility and thermal temperature scans at this time. Should this requirement change we will update our processes as needed.

Is the Community Center charging membership dues while the facility is closed?
Starting March 13, all membership accounts were placed on hold. While we will not be collecting membership fees during the closer, upon reopening those dues will be charged.


Are there opportunities to participate in recreation classes?
We do have opportunities for dance, tennis, day camps, specialty camps, and other youth programs available. Please see our online catalog for more information of what is currently available.


How can I exercise while the Center is closed?
The center has launched online exercise classes to support the health and well-being of the community during these turbulent times. You can find many of classes available now at or follow the Federal Way Community Center on social media to see all of our live classes.


What if I want to extend my hold after the community center reopens?
Thanks for your question. We understand that you may not be ready to restart your membership when the center reopens. We would be happy to place your account on hold for up to six months at no charge.

I’ve previously requested a refund or credit and haven’t seen it yet. How long will it take to see that in my account?
We will be processing as quickly as possible, but given the volume and this being a manual process based on our systems, we expect it may take up to a week. Thank you so much for your patience!

FWCC, Dumas Bay Centre / Knutzen Theater & PAEC closed until entered into Phase 3

Member, Guest, and Community,

The Federal Way Community Center, Dumas Bay Centre / Knutzen Theater, and Performing Arts and Event Center are CLOSED until entered into Phase 3. At the direction of the Governor of Washington State and Public Health of Seattle and King County, we are taking these precautionary measures to ensure your safety.

Federal Way City Parks are open to the public, but all AMENITIES are CLOSED including playgrounds, picnic shelters, spray parks, organized activities and all sports.

Refunds will be granted for all programs, rentals, classes, and memberships. The staff is currently working on how these refunds will be processed in a timely manner.

We are closely monitoring information from public health officials and will follow their prevention guidelines to help keep our facilities clean and community safe.

In the short term, we plan to have Community Center employees work at the facility and conduct a deep cleaning and other needed general maintenance.

We look forward to being able to invite everyone back upon reopening, stay tuned and check our website, mobile app, or Facebook account for the most recent information.


Leif Ellsworth
Community Center Manager