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Vern Burton Community Center

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  1. ADA Accessible
  2. Banquet Hall
  3. Basketball Court
  4. Chairs
  5. Fully Functioning Kitchen
  6. Indoor Sports
  7. Meeting Rooms
  8. Parking
  9. Pickleball Courts
  10. Public Address System
  11. Restrooms
  12. Tables
  13. TOA Stereo Music System
  14. Volleyball
The Vern Burton Community Center has reopened on a limited basis as part of the "Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery" plan for formal, non-athletic events.  Please contact Facility Coordinator Rob Merritt for more information: 360-417-4523. 

The Vern Burton Community Center is located in the center of the city, adjacent to City Hall, with easy and convenient access to public transportation, downtown shopping, restaurants, and hotels.

Main Exhibition Hall - Meeting & Event Space

The main exhibition hall is 8,100 square feet, with a capacity of more than 1,100 people standing, or 500 banquet occupants. Two exits access a landscaped interior atrium that features an impressive and attractive garden area.

The main hall can also be divided in half for dual activities. Restrooms are located just off the lobby and are ADA accessible. A separate meeting area is dividable by moveable walls in up to three separate sections and has an overall occupancy of 55 persons.

The main hall also has multipurpose fixtures for various lighting applications to provide just the right atmosphere for your event.


Located immediately adjacent to City Hall, the main parking lot is on the east side of the center with a capacity for approximately 80 cars and capacity for larger vehicles. Additional street parking is also available nearby.

Group & Organization Provisions

The Vern Burton Community Center can provide your group or organization with a public address system featuring microphone outlets throughout the hall for easy access with extra microphones also available. The Vern Burton Community Center features a stereo music system with mixing console, complete with tape and CD player as well as complimentary WiFi for renters.

Indoor Sports

The Vern Burton Community Center was originally a high school gymnasium and still has the original hardwood flooring and also has an elevated ceiling which makes the center suitable for basketball and other indoor sports. Two removable basketball hoops can be put into place, and volleyball, pickleball, and badminton nets are available for use.

Commercial Kitchen

A well-equipped and caterer-friendly kitchen is easily accessible from the main hall or meeting rooms featuring a convection oven, ice machine, dishwasher, walk-in refrigerator, convection oven, hot plates, warming oven, and plenty of counter space. Tables and chairs are available for up to 500 people.

Additional Information

Whether planning a small meeting, or a large event, the Vern Burton Community Center is a smart choice. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are here to assist you.

Use of the Vern Burton gym is by availability and reservations. Open gyms, events, and other activities are scheduled through the Parks & Recreation Department. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Rob Merritt at or 360-417-4523.