The City of Ellensburg Parks and Recreation’s youth
programs began in the late 80’s and early 90’s as a Friday night and
weekend program, offering dances and late night events to youth. At this
time the program was called “Youth Unlimited” and was based out of the
Armory across the street from Memorial Park / Pool.
In 1998 the City purchased the current location, at
406 E. Capitol across from Morgan Middle School on Capitol and Anderson
Streets, which was formerly a grocery store.
Most of the exterior structure of the former grocery
store remains, the majority of the interior has been renovated.
Interior demolition and remodeling of the building was done throughout
1999 and early 2000 by numerous youth and adult volunteers.
In February 2000 the “Youth Unlimited” program moved
to the current location and the youth programs and building were
renamed the “Ellensburg Youth and Community Center”.
The building has since undergone a series of renovations, to bring it to its current state.
In 2010 the Ellensburg City Council held a meeting
at the then “Ellensburg Youth and Community Center” (EYCC), and
surprised Stan by renamed the EYCC the “Stan Bassett Youth Center”
(SBYC) in his honor. During the announcement family members surprised
Stan and joined him in the celebration. The City Council also declared
May 3rd “Stan Bassett Day” to honor Stan for his decades of service as a
city councilman, his support of the development of youth programs and
his mentoring and guidance of youth, teens, college students, and