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Update on the Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed long-term planning project

The Department of Enterprise Services is in the process of selecting a consultant to perform an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which is the second phase in long-term planning for the Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed. An EIS is a tool used in decision making and is required before:

Upcoming events at Heritage and Sylvester parks expected to draw big crowds

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued permits for several large events May 19-21 that will be held at parks on the Capitol Campus.  

The events could affect traffic and parking in the area.

Capital City Marathon events May 19 and 20
On Saturday, May 19, organizers estimate that 500 people will attend the Capital City Marathon Kids Run from 4 to 5 p.m. at Heritage Park. 

Tree treatments to close part of Heritage Park on May 2

The first of two planned fungicide spray treatments on London plane trees at Heritage Park will take place Thursday, May 2 at 5 a.m. The work is weather dependent, and will help reduce a foliar fungal disease and promote tree health.

During the work, a section of Heritage Park (see map below) will be cordoned off until the spray dries, which should take three to four hours.

The temporary partial closure will affect entrances to Heritage Park from Marathon Park and the switchback from the upper part of Capitol Campus.

May 14 event could bring more than 1,500 people to Capitol Campus

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for the Poor People’s Campaign rally and march on the Washington State Capitol Campus.

Organizers estimate that more than 1,500 people could attend the May 14 event, which includes a 2 p.m. rally on the north steps of the Legislative Building, and a 3:30 p.m. march to Sylvester Park.

May 3 ceremony to honor law enforcement officers will affect parking, traffic on Capitol Campus

About 500 people are expected to attend the 2019 Medal of Honor and Peace Officers Memorial ceremony — held from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 3 — at the Law Enforcement Memorial located near the Temple of Justice overlooking Capitol Lake and the north Capitol Campus.

The ceremony honors law enforcement officers who displayed exceptional meritorious conduct and those who gave their lives in the line of duty.

There will be a 21-gun salute during the ceremony and rehearsal salutes on the west side of the General Administration Building earlier in the day.

Level P-1 of the NRB Garage will close over the weekend of May 4-7

 

The level P-1 of the Natural Resources Building Parking Garage will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 4, for weekend painting and will reopen at 7 a.m. Monday, May 7. During the winter months, a waterproof parking lot surface was replaced. When the parking stalls were restriped, weather conditions caused the paint to peel. The weekend work will restripe the stalls on level P-1. 

New sculpture coming to Capitol Campus

A new sculpture that becomes part of the state’s public art collection will be installed April 28-May 2 in the Helen Sommers Building on the  Capitol Campus in Olympia. 

Tree work scheduled on Capitol Campus April 24-26

Tree pruning and spraying will be done at various Capitol Campus locations from Tuesday, April 24 through Thursday, April 26.

April 21 rally to bring estimated 2,000 to Capitol Campus

Enterprise Services has issued a permit for a rally this weekend that organizers say could bring up to 2,000 people to the state Capitol Campus in Olympia. The event is expected to affect traffic and parking on the campus. 

Many rally participants are expected to openly carry firearms, as allowed under state law. There is no prohibition against openly carrying guns on the grounds of the state Capitol Campus in Olympia. 

Work to prepare Capitol Campus mural for relocation begins

Enterprise Services is developing plans and strategy for relocating the mural by artist Jean C. Beall from the mothballed General Administration Building to the new Helen E. Sommers Building. The agency received funding in the 2018 capital budget for the project.

To minimize damage to the mural, it must be moved in one piece along with its wall. The mural and wall weigh an estimated 28,000 pounds.

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