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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.”

Rallies and events to bring traffic, parking and other impacts to Capitol Campus next week

OLYMPIA – The Department of Enterprise Services has issued permits for several activities that will bring traffic, noise, pedestrian and parking impacts to the Capitol Campus next week.

Reminder: Jan. 17 events to bring parking, traffic and noise impacts

The Department of Enterprise Service (DES) has issued permits for Capitol Campus events that will use the North Steps of the Legislative Building and also bring traffic, parking and noise impacts.

Parking closures include the Flag Circle and the visitor parking lot on the west side of the GA Building. In addition, the North and South Diagonals are closed to public parking and reserved for designated state agency use.

Permitted events include two rallies:

Upcoming campus events to bring traffic, pedestrian, parking and noise impacts

OLYMPIA - The Department of Enterprise Service (DES) has issued permits for Capitol Campus events this week that will use the North Steps of the Legislative Building and also bring traffic, parking and noise impacts.

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).

Update: Capitol Campus tree work now scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 22

Work originally set for Thursday, Dec. 19 delayed due to expected inclement weather

OLYMPIA — Two longstanding Norway maples on Capitol Campus will be pruned on Sunday, Dec. 22. The work is being rescheduled from Thursday, Dec. 19 for safety reasons due to expected inclement weather. 

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.

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