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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. 

Sliding door on Legislative Building to be replaced

On March 31, the automatic sliding door on the southeast side of the Legislative Building will be replaced. It has exceeded its life expectancy of more than 15 years and needs to be replaced before total failure occurs. 

The sliding door serves as the main Americans with Disabilities (ADA) entrance to the building. The south portico doors will be unlocked during business hours March 31-April 3 to allow for ADA access.

Thousands expected at Capitol on Saturday, March 24

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for the 2018 March for Our Lives rally. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, beginning on the north steps of the Legislative Building and concluding at Sylvester Park.

Capitol Campus parking updates

We've passed the halfway mark of the 2018 Legislative Session and the campus is bustling. While parking spots are available, finding one close to where you want to be can be a challenge. Actions such as an increase in employee general (zoned) parking stalls and visitor parking in the Plaza Garage -- as well as increased parking enforcement -- have made finding available parking less of a challenge this session. And there's more. Here are some additional updates about campus parking:

Test drive an electric vehicle on the Capitol Campus Feb. 20

What?

Enterprise Services Fleet Operations will be hosting an electric vehicle “ride & drive” event, in partnership with Western Washington Clean Cities and Oregon’s Forth. This event will provide an opportunity for state workers to sit in, drive and learn about a variety of electric vehicles, including the Chevy Bolt and Volt, Ford Focus EV, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV, Tesla 3, electric bicycles, motorcycles and more.

Event to bring an estimated 2,000 to the Capitol Campus on Monday, Feb. 5

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for the 2018 Latino Legislative Day event. The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5 in the Office Building 2 (OB2) Auditorium, in the Legislative Rotunda, and on the north steps of the Legislative Building.

In addition to OB2, initial gathering points for group will include the East Plaza and the General Administration Building Auditorium. During the course of the event, many of the participants will travel a route that passes the Highways Licenses Building’s main entrance.

March for Life

Thousands expected at Capitol Monday, Jan. 22

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for the 2018 March for Life rally. The rally is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, on the north steps of the Legislative Building.

Women's rally

Thousands expected at Capitol Saturday

Enterprise Services has issued a permit for an event Saturday, Jan. 20, that organizers say could bring 6,000 to 10,000 people to the Capitol Campus.

Participants in the Women's March on Olympia will gather near the north steps of the Legislative Building (near the flag circle) about 11 a.m. and will remain until 12:30 p.m. Apart from participants who will staff information tables in Heritage Park in downtown Olympia, participants will remain on campus for the length of the event. No streets will be closed for the rally.

Enterprise Services issues permit for Friday, Jan. 12 rally

The Department of Enterprise Services issued a permit for a Friday, Jan. 12 rally on the Capitol Campus at which participants may be openly carrying firearms, as is allowed under state law.

The Rally 4 UR Rights event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon.

The event organizers – the Gun Rights Coalition – estimate that up to 150 people will attend.

Tree and hedge pruning work occurring on Capitol Campus this week

Tree and hedge pruning work will be done on locations throughout the Capitol Campus on Wednesday, Jan. 10, and Thursday, Jan. 11, to improve hedge and tree health, ensure public safety and provide clear lines of sight for security cameras.

There will be noise as well as short-term vehicle and pedestrian impacts in various locations on the campus on Wednesday, Jan. 10 and Thursday, Jan. 11. Streets that will have traffic impacts include Deschutes Parkway and Maple Park Drive.

In addition to pruning work, the project will include:

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