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People invited to celebrate restoration of Tivoli Fountain on Washington State Capitol Campus

OLYMPIA – The Tivoli Fountain – one of the oldest and most iconic features of the State Capitol grounds – is operating again and people are invited to help celebrate its restoration.

The Friday, Sept. 8 event will include a display provided by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, a selfie station where people can snap pictures with the iconic Capitol Campus feature, and remarks from representatives of the foundation, cities of Olympia and Tumwater, and Gov. Jay Inslee.

Originally installed in 1953 through the generosity of the Schmidt family and the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, Tivoli Fountain was created to serve as a key feature for the West Capitol Campus. The aging fountain was in need of repair and thus dry in recent years. The repair project not only brings the beauty of the fountain back to the Capitol Campus, it ensures its operation into the future will be more sustainable, requiring less water, less energy, and less maintenance. For example, the original fountain operated with an approximate 27,800 gallon water capacity. With modernization, the capacity is approximately 19,000 gallons -- a 32 percent reduction in the volume of water needed to operate the fountain.

Learn more about the fountain and its restoration on the Enterprise Services Tivoli Fountain webpage.

Capitol Campus memorials and artwork

The Washington State Capitol Campus is home to many memorials and works of art. See the Enterprise Services website or its interactive map to learn more. The map is also a great tool when taking a walking tour of the memorials and artwork.

Celebration details

Date: Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Place: West Capitol Campus in front of the fountain. The fountain is prominently located northeast of the State Capitol Building at the center of the Great Lawn that is open to Capitol Way.


  • Olympia Tumwater Foundation Public History & Development Manager Don Trosper
  • City of Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby
  • City of Tumwater Mayor Pro Tem Neil McClanahan
  • Washington State Governor Jay Inslee

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