Restricted area on Capitol Campus modified to allow pedestrian access

OLYMPIA - Starting today, a restricted area on West Capitol Campus has been modified to allow pedestrian access from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The area remains closed to vehicle access.

Black History Project: New marker on Capitol Campus to honor contributions of Bush family

George Bush was the first Black pioneer in Washington Territory; his son Owen was the state's first Black legislator

OLYMPIA - A new monument honoring the legacy of Black pioneer George Bush and his family is coming to the Olympia Capitol Campus.

Campus security measures to remain in place

Capitol Campus security measures have been extended, including a restricted area on the West Campus.

DES Safety Alert: Capitol Campus security measures remain in place

Capitol Campus security measures remain in place through Inauguration Day (Jan. 20) due to evolving intelligence on security threats posed in all 50 state capitols following the violence in our nation’s capitol, as well as recent illegal and dangerous actions associated with non-permitted events on our state’s Capitol Campus. 

The Washington National Guard will continue to support the security focused efforts of the Washington State Patrol and the temporary fencing that has been placed around the restricted area of the West Campus described below will remain.  

One lane along Deschutes Parkway to close during Dec. 1 light pole replacement

One lane of Deschutes Parkway near Lakeridge Drive will be closed starting at 9 a.m. on Dec. 1 while a light pole is replaced.

Flaggers will direct traffic during the work, which is expected to take about four hours. Work is weather dependent.

In addition, a small number of parking spaces along the parkway will be closed during the work.  

Department of Enterprise Services seeking feedback on draft rule regarding enforceable restrictions on parking on the Capitol Campus with an emphasis on Deschutes Parkway

Before the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) moves into the next phase of a rulemaking effort to adopt enforceable restrictions on parking on the Capitol Campus with an emphasis on Deschutes Parkway, the agency is seeking feedback on a draft rule proposal.

New Capitol Campus emergency notification system

OLYMPIA - The way people receive emergency alerts for the Capitol Campus has changed. Migration from the GovDelivery platform to WA Agency Alerts is complete. All future Capitol Campus emergency alerts will occur through WA Agency Alerts. If you wish to continue receiving Capitol Campus emergency alerts, please take the following actions:

Members of the public, contractors and state employees who do not work on the campus are encouraged to sign up for emergency text alerts:

New state Capitol Campus emergency notification system coming this fall - What you need to know to receive alerts

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is launching a new emergency notification system for the Washington State Capitol Campus. Public and employee safety are a top priority in DES management of the Capitol Campus.

The new system, called WA Agency Alerts, is launching in the fall of 2020 and replacing the current email notification system (GovDelivery). It uses the Everbridge platform to notify employees and the public on Capitol Campus about emergencies such as imminent threats to health and safety, building closures, severe weather, and police activity.

Rulemaking effort moves into next phase – working with stakeholders on a draft rule and implementation plan

DES is re-starting work on rulemaking to adopt parking restrictions on the Capitol Campus, with a focus on Deschutes Parkway. The process was temporarily paused as DES put necessary resources toward responding to the pandemic.

Gravel area along Deschutes Parkway to remain closed after damage to grounds and irrigation system discovered

A grass and gravel area that buffers Percival Cove along Deschutes Parkway that people had been using to park on will remain closed when Deschutes Parkway reopens today following