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Volunteer tour guides and greeters needed at the Washington State Capitol

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services is seeking volunteer tour guides and greeters at the state capitol in Olympia.

Training will be provided. Must be 18 years of age, and willing to commit up to four hours a week.

Recruitment is underway for the following positions:

Spill clean-up work to wind down in Marathon Park, ramp up in Heritage Park as efforts to remove contaminated sediment from Capitol Lake continue

OLYMPIA - Activity related to clean-up from the Olympia Brewery Transformer oil spill will increase in Heritage Park this week and will begin to wind down in Marathon Park.

Marathon Park has been a staging area for work to remove contaminated sediment from Capitol Lake, with the parking lot closed for public use. Spill responders anticipate decommissioning the Marathon Park staging area by the end of next week.

A staging area for the next phase of sediment removal work will be located in Heritage Park. Set up begins today. Impacts will include:

Basketball tournament to close campus streets July 20-21

The Department of Enterprise Services’ Capitol Security and Visitor Services has issued a permit for Capital City 3 on 3, a three-on-three basketball tournament, July 20-21st.

Annual festival to impact campus streets July 13-22

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for Capital Lakefair, an annual five-day community festival on the shores of Capitol Lake.

Organizers estimate that more than 200,000 people will attend the event, which runs July 17-22, and requires temporary closures of several Capitol Campus and city streets throughout the week.

A section of Water Street Southwest, next to Heritage Park will be closed starting July 13th at 8 a.m. for festival set up.

Here is a partial list of street closures during Lakefair:

Long-range electric vehicles in Washington state’s fleet surpass 1M miles driven

One million miles driven and counting – that’s the status of the 113 long-range electric vehicles (EVs) in the state fleet managed by the Department of Enterprise Services. It is a milestone reached this month, just over two years after the state introduced long-range EVs into its fleet. Through an initiative in 2015, Governor Jay Inslee directed state agencies to make 20 percent of new passenger vehicle purchases electric by 2017. This year Inslee upped the ante to 50 percent by 2020.

B&G teams spruce up the Capitol Campus for summertime visitors

Workers planting flowers around Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol Campus.

Talk about curb appeal.

In recent weeks, Buildings & Grounds crews have been working hard to spruce up the lawns, landscapes, monuments and other features of the Capitol Campus so that they’ll sparkle for the summer.

Here are some examples of their work.

Surplus Retail Store's Grand Re-opening event generates record sales

People viewing an item at the Surplus Grand Re-opening event.

Hundreds of people attended Washington State Surplus Retail Store’s Grand Re-opening last Saturday (June 15), and they didn’t leave empty handed.

The store reported a record of more than $22,000 in daily sales for June 15. That’s four times the amount of a typical Saturday.

Tree work scheduled June 26 and 28 on the Capitol Campus

Crews will remove a large blue Atlas cedar tree limb that poses potential safety hazards for pedestrians along Cherry Lane near the northwest corner of the Insurance Building on Wednesday, June 26. 

Sidewalks along the northwest corner of Insurance Building will be closed during the work, and some parking spaces on Cherry Lane will be cordoned off. A small number of parking spaces on the south side of the Winged Victory circle will be cordoned off as a staging area. 

Celebrate the State Surplus Retail Store's Grand Re-opening on June 15

The Washington State Surplus Retail Store in Tumwater is holding a Grand Re-opening on June 15 to showcase improvements to the physical space and to tout the larger variety and quality of items for sale to the public.

The store will be open extended hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 15th.

One-day closure set for June 14

In order to prepare for the event, the store will be closed on June 14.

Capital City Pride Festival to bring estimated 5,000 to Capitol Campus June 23

Capital City Pride Festival to bring estimated 5,000 to Capitol Campus June 23

The Department of Enterprise Services' has issued a permit for the 2019 Capital City Pride Festival on Sunday, June 23.

Festival organizers estimate that 5,000 people will attend the annual event, which could affect traffic and parking on Capitol Campus. The event includes a noon parade from the flag circle lawn near the Legislative Building to Heritage Park, where festival activities are scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m.

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