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Damaged tree scheduled for removal from Sylvester Park

A swamp white oak tree in Sylvester Park

OLYMPIA — A damaged swamp white oak tree that poses safety hazards for park users as well as pedestrians along Legion Way Southeast is scheduled for removal from Sylvester Park on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Holiday Kids’ Tree Lighting Ceremony set for Dec. 7

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 third year in a row, the Weyerhaeuser Company is donating the tree. The 25-foot Noble fir will make its formal public debut with the traditional lighting ceremony in the rotunda at 6 p.m. Dec. 7.

Let Santa shop at Surplus this year

Inside the Surplus retail store, with furniture, electronics and other items.

Shopping locally this holiday season?

Why not try the Washington State Surplus Operations retail store?

Located at 7511 New Market St. SW, Tumwater, the store is a treasure trove of office supplies, electronics, furniture and other items.

Holiday events to impact Capitol Campus roads and parks over the next two weekends

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services welcomes holiday events to the Capitol Campus over the next two weekends. The events will impact roads and parks surrounding the campus.  

Nov. 25 - Jingle Bell Parade

Deschutes Parkway will be closed for a Jingle Bell Parade on Sunday, Nov. 25. The event permit also includes use of Marathon Park as a parade staging area and Sylvester Park for a tree lighting ceremony, which will occur immediately following the parade. The parade begins at 3 p.m. and ends about 4 p.m.

Tree work scheduled on Capitol Campus Nov. 26

OLYMPIA — Treatments will be done to improve tree health at various Capitol Campus locations on Nov. 26. 

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has contracted with Wolbert’s Plant Essentials of Olympia for effort.

A Scotch elm in Sylvester Park will be treated for leaf miners and five large tulip trees near the Legislative Building and Temple of Justice will be treated for aphids. 

Pedestrian impacts

Pedestrians will use detours on East Capitol Campus Nov. 14-16

Some pedestrian walkways will be closed on the East Capitol Plaza Wednesday, Nov. 14 – Friday, Nov. 16, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., near the Department of Transportation and Employment Security buildings so work can be done to inspect the waterproofing materials meant to prevent water infiltration into the Plaza Garage. Pedestrian detours will be open to parkers using the garage stairs or elevators in towers 1 and 2. Vehicle traffic will not be impacted.

Pedestrians will use detours on East Capitol Campus Nov. 14-16

Some pedestrian walkways will be closed on the East Capitol Plaza Wednesday, Nov. 14 – Friday, Nov. 16, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., near the Department of Transportation and Employment Security buildings so work can be done to inspect the waterproofing materials meant to prevent water infiltration into the Plaza Garage. Pedestrian detours will be open to parkers using the garage stairs or elevators in towers 1 and 2.

Reservations now available for mansion holiday tours

OLYMPIA — Reservations are now available for holiday tours to the Governor's Mansion, which are among Washington's most popular tours. Morning and afternoon tours are offered, on a first-come, first-served basis, on Wednesday, December 5, 12, and 19. Each tour is open to 25 guests. The tours are hosted by the Governor's Mansion Foundation and morning times include 10, 10:20, 10:40, 11, and 11:20. Afternoon tours are set for 1, 1:20, 1:40, 2, 2:20, 2:40, and 3.

Final scoping meeting for environmental review of estuary, managed lake and hybrid alternatives for the Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed set for Oct. 22

Enterprise Services seeks input on what to study in Environmental Impact Statement for the waterbody

OLYMPIA – The second public meeting where the Department of Enterprise Services will ask people what should be studied in an environmental review for estuary, managed lake and hybrid options for the waterbody on the Capitol Campus will be held Oct. 22.

The purpose of scoping is to determine the range, or “scope” of issues to study, and it is the first step in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. 

Maintenance and repairs will temporarily close Marathon Park Pedestrian Bridge during the first week of November

The Department of Enterprise Services will be making repairs to the Marathon Park Pedestrian Bridge during the week of Nov. 5, 2018. The bridge will be closed 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Signage will be posted around Heritage Park and Marathon Park walkways to alert visitors of the closure.

The repairs will replace planking and secure it to the bridge structure. The work is intended to enhance pedestrian safety and extend the life of the structure.

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