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Safety measures continue on Capitol Campus

In the coming days, the Department of Enterprise Services anticipates that several non-permitted events may take place on the Capitol Campus.

Safety measures on Capitol Campus to continue

As we head into the weekend, the Department of Enterprise Services anticipates several non-permitted events regarding a variety of topics.

Some participants at permitted Friday event may openly carry firearms

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for an event on the North Steps of the Legislative Building on Friday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organizers of the Liberty State Lobby Day event have informed DES that some participants will likely openly carry firearms at the event.

State law allows citizens to openly carry firearms in most public areas, including the Capitol Campus. Organizers expect about 250 people to attend.

Capitol Campus over the moon about new trees

OLYMPIA - Three new “moon trees” will take root on the Capitol Campus this week.

Department of Enterprise Services (DES) crews are preparing the corner of 11th Avenue and Capitol Way for the trees, which will be ceremonially planted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 by members of the Washington Community Forestry Council.

To the moon and back

After Thursday, the campus will have four “moon trees.”

DES enforceable parking restrictions rulemaking update

As the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) moves forward with a rulemaking effort to consider parking restrictions on Deschutes Parkway and other Capitol Campus roadways, the agency will be engaging affected parkers, community groups, local neighborhoods, campus event organizers and others.

Campus tree work to continue Sunday, Dec. 29

OLYMPIA — Work to complete pruning on two longstanding Norway maples on Capitol Campus will occur on Sunday, Dec. 29. Previous work occurred Sunday, Dec. 22.

One tree that will be pruned is near the sunken garden, and one is by Capitol Way between the Tivoli Fountain and the south diagonal. Work will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The approximately 100-year-old maples have health issues but they are manageable for now. The maples are significantly larger and older than average trees on campus—and branch weight needs to be reduced to extend the trees’ safe, useful life.

Urban flooding on Capitol Campus affects campus buildings, garages and walkways

OLYMPIA – The Department of Enterprise Services has called in additional staff through Saturday to address issues with urban flooding on the Capitol Campus due to high volumes of rain.

DES is collaborating with the City of Olympia to prioritize response needs and mitigate impacts.

People are being asked to immediately report any flooding related issues on the campus to (360) 725-0000.

Comment sought on proposed clean-up of campus parking rules

Effort separate from rulemaking on enforceable parking restrictions with a focus on Deschutes Parkway

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is seeking comment on proposed changes to the Capitol Campus parking rules (WAC 200-200).

Capitol Campus East Plaza gets a facelift


A portion of the East Capitol Campus that was closed while it received a makeover has reopened to pedestrians with new walkways and updated landscaping.

Heritage Park switchback trail closed Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon

The Heritage Park switchback trail will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon for landscape maintenance.

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