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Territorial Sundial to be reinstalled Thursday, Jan. 4

The iconic Territorial Sundial between the Legislative Building and the Joel Pritchard Library will be reinstalled on Thursday, Jan. 4, and a Jan. 30 dedication event will be held to celebrate the sundial's return.

Fifth Avenue Dam repair project begins Dec. 26

The Department of Enterprise Services will oversee repairs for downtown Olympia's Fifth Avenue Dam beginning Dec. 26, with work potentially extending into early spring.

This $195,000 project comprises a series of critical repairs to keep the dam located between Budd Inlet and Capitol Lake operational.

Can't find parking in your assigned lot during session?

The Plaza Garage is available for overflow parking to registered parkers.

Motorcycles are coming to town

Olympia Toy Run on Saturday, Dec. 2

The Olympia Toy Run, a yearly event that draws thousands of motorcycles to Olympia, will close Deschutes Parkway from about 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Motorcyclists donate toys and money to The Salvation Army's Toy N' Joy Shop, which distributes the gifts to needy children.

Ramp in NRB garage closed temporarily to apply additional non-skid coating

After a wet weekend, it was discovered that the ramp off 11th Ave. to levels P-1 and P-2 was creating a slipping hazard despite the application of a non-skid coating. As a result, the ramp will be temporarily closed to while contractors find a solution to the problem. All entrances of the garage remain open.

Veterans Day events

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued three permits for Veterans Day ceremonies for the Capitol Campus this year.


The first event, from noon to 1 p.m. today, is the International Association of Workforce Professionals' Veterans Day ceremony. The rite, in its 25th year, starts at the World War II Memorial, proceeds to the Winged Victory Monument, then to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and ends at the Korean War Memorial.

Workers are entering the final stages of NRB Garage fire suppression and critical repairs project

All parking on level P-1 will be open by Nov. 3

The work in the NRB Garage is nearing completion. All employee and visitor parking on level P-1 will be open by Friday, Nov. 3, but can only be accessed from Washington Street. Employee parking on levels P-2 and P-3 can be accessed from Jefferson Street only. The 11th Street entrance to level P-2 is scheduled to open in December.

The entrance to the Multipurpose Room and the east bicycle cage on level P-1 are now open.

Reminder: Short-term closures to interpretive trails near Deschutes Parkway will occur during work to clear vegetation

One week of work to clear overgrown vegetation will be conducted by the Washington State Department of Transportation along the pedestrian trails east of the Interpretive Center and the west side of Deschutes Parkway between Lakeridge Drive and the Interstate 5 overpass will begin Oct. 23.

The project will clear overgrown vegetation along interpretive trails to increase pedestrian comfort, visibility and safety.

Portions of the interpretive trails will be closed to ensure safety during the project. Barricades and signs will be posted.

A portion of the east side of level P-2 closed until Monday, Oct. 16

A portion of the east side of level P-2 of the NRB Parking Garage will be closed until Monday, Oct. 16, for continuing work to apply waterproofing material.

The visitor parking lot on level P-1 west is open, however, stalls on the west side of the lot are closed until Oct. 20. The P-1 level can only be accessed from Washington Street. Metered parking is available to visitors to the Capitol Campus and costs $2 per hour.

Lighting and vegetation work to bring minor impacts to Marathon and Heritage Parks as well as Interpretive Center trails in October

Lighting work will result in small areas of both Marathon and Heritage parks being unavailable to users from Oct. 2 to 13. Later in the month, beginning Oct. 23, work to clear overgrown vegetation will bring short-term closures to interpretive trails near Deschutes Parkway.

Lighting work

From Oct. 2 to 13, Enterprise Services will be performing work to upgrade exterior lighting along Deschutes Parkway as part a larger project to upgrade exterior lighting on the Capitol Campus.