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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. 

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.

An accessible walking path was constructed around and through realigned landscape beds, and modifications were made to the west entrance.

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: