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West Campus tree safety alert: Restricted pedestrian access near Norway maple trees on the Great Lawn of the Capitol Campus

OLYMPIA – The Department of Enterprise Services is restricting pedestrian access near two large Norway maple trees on West Capitol Campus. The trees are on the Great Lawn near the World War II memorial and the Sunken Garden.

The trees are experiencing health issues and are supported by cables and scaffolding. People are asked to avoid the areas around and below the trees, which are roped off and marked by A-frame sidewalk barricades. The restriction is expected to last until year’s end, at a minimum.

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.

Tree work scheduled on Capitol Campus Dec. 3

OLYMPIA — Treatments will be done to improve tree health along Cherry Lane on Dec. 3. 

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

A root treatment will be applied to the Kwanzan cherry trees on both sides of Cherry Lane on west campus. The treatment helps prevent root disease and provides micronutrients for improved tree health.

There will be no traffic or pedestrian impacts during the work.

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

Utility improvement project to repair utility infrastructure continues on West Capitol Campus

Work to replace sewer pipes on the West Capitol Campus continues the week of Nov. 19 and is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 7. The utility infrastructure on the Capitol Campus is old and in need of repair to ensure reliable service on the campus for decades to come. This project is part of a long-term plan to improve utility infrastructure campus-wide.

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.

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