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Sunken Garden open again with new plantings as well as ADA access

OLYMPIA – The Sunken Garden – a popular place for weddings on the Capitol Campus – has re-opened with ADA access for the first time. An updated planting plan for the garden also is in place.

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.

Trees removed on Capitol Campus in December

Trees removed on Capitol Campus in December

OLYMPIA — Two trees on Capitol Campus will be removed this month. Public impacts of the work include equipment noise and sidewalk closures. Most jobs will be completed within a day.

For more information on the following, contact DES Grounds Manager Brent Chapman, (360) 725-0018:

Holiday Kids' Tree Lighting Ceremony set for Dec. 6

OLYMPIA— Preparations are underway for the state holiday tree, the evergreen that adorns the Capitol Building rotunda each year, to arrive on the Capitol Campus and receive its customary decorations.

For the fourth year in a row, the Weyerhaeuser Company is donating the tree. The 34-foot Noble fir will make its formal public debut with the traditional lighting ceremony in the rotunda at 6 p.m. Dec. 6.

Enterprise Services begins rulemaking to adopt enforceable restrictions on parking on the Capitol Campus, with a focus on Deschutes Parkway

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is addressing issues with overnight and extended parking on Deschutes Parkway that are raising concerns about public health, safety and the environment. A rulemaking process is required before the agency can adopt enforceable restrictions on parking.

The agency has begun rulemaking, and is seeking initial feedback on enacting a rule to adopt enforceable restrictions on parking on the Capitol Campus.

The agency is especially interested in thoughts on:

Hundreds expected to attend Nov. 11 Veterans Day Celebration on Capitol Campus

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for a Veterans Day ceremony. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in the Legislative Building. Following the ceremony in the Legislative Building, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Sacajawea Chapter will read the Vietnam Memorial inscription followed by the list of names of Washington State residents Killed in Action or Missing in Action at the Memorial.

Tree work scheduled on Capitol Campus October 23 & 24

OLYMPIA — Two 100-plus-year-old Norway maples will be removed on Oct. 23 because their health has deteriorated to the point that they are a safety hazard.

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has contracted with TreeWalker to remove the trees, which are rotting from the inside out and have large, heavy branches that hang over popular walkways on the Capitol Campus.

Enterprise Services receives National Association of Minority Contractors Public Agency of the Year award

SEATTLE -- The Department of Enterprise Services received the National Association of Minority Contractors Public Agency of the Year award for its work in promoting small and diverse business participation in public works contracting.

All recreational areas closed during spill response are now open, new interpretive signs installed along trail

DES crews installed 11 new plant signs along the Interpretive trail, and plans to update plantings for six of these signs -- Soft Rush, Sword Fern, Serviceberry, Salal, Black Gooseberry, and Evergreen Huckleberry.
DES crews installed 11 new plant signs along the Interpretive trail, and plans to update plantings for six of these signs - Soft Rush, Sword Fern, Serviceberry, Salal, Black Gooseberry, and Evergreen Huckleberry.

Free history lecture series begins July 23 on the Capitol Campus

Learn about local history and its connection to state and national events during a series of upcoming lunch and learn lectures on the Capitol Campus. 

The events, which are sponsored by the Capitol Visitor Services Volunteer Program, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Columbia Room of the Legislative (Capitol) Building. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch for the events. 

Here are the dates and topics: 

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