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Upcoming events at Heritage and Sylvester parks expected to draw big crowds

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued permits for several large events May 19-21 that will be held at parks on the Capitol Campus.  

The events could affect traffic and parking in the area.

Capital City Marathon events May 19 and 20
On Saturday, May 19, organizers estimate that 500 people will attend the Capital City Marathon Kids Run from 4 to 5 p.m. at Heritage Park. 

May 14 event could bring more than 1,500 people to Capitol Campus

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for the Poor People’s Campaign rally and march on the Washington State Capitol Campus.

Organizers estimate that more than 1,500 people could attend the May 14 event, which includes a 2 p.m. rally on the north steps of the Legislative Building, and a 3:30 p.m. march to Sylvester Park.

May 3 ceremony to honor law enforcement officers will affect parking, traffic on Capitol Campus

About 500 people are expected to attend the 2019 Medal of Honor and Peace Officers Memorial ceremony — held from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 3 — at the Law Enforcement Memorial located near the Temple of Justice overlooking Capitol Lake and the north Capitol Campus.

The ceremony honors law enforcement officers who displayed exceptional meritorious conduct and those who gave their lives in the line of duty.

There will be a 21-gun salute during the ceremony and rehearsal salutes on the west side of the General Administration Building earlier in the day.

New sculpture coming to Capitol Campus

A new sculpture that becomes part of the state’s public art collection will be installed April 28-May 2 in the Helen Sommers Building on the  Capitol Campus in Olympia. 

Tree work scheduled on Capitol Campus April 24-26

Tree pruning and spraying will be done at various Capitol Campus locations from Tuesday, April 24 through Thursday, April 26.

Two separate events set for Saturday at Capitol expected to draw crowds

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued permits for two separate events on Washington State’s Capitol Campus on Saturday. Both events are expected to be highly visible, draw large crowds, and affect traffic and parking on the campus. 

Arbor Day celebration set for April 11

Flowering Dogwood

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services will host its annual Arbor Day celebration from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11. 

The event, which is open to the public, will include a ceremonial planting of a Cloud 9 Dogwood on the east side of the John A. Cherberg Building, and a presentation by students from the Capitol Campus Childcare Center. 

Tree treatments to take place on Capitol Campus April 9

Treatments to improve tree health and longevity will take place on west Capitol Campus on Monday, April 9.

Work is weather-dependent and scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.

Kwanzan flowering cherry trees on Cherry Lane, located east of the Temple of Justice and the Legislative Building, will be treated to prevent fungus on the foliage.

The treatments will be conducted by contractor Wolbert's Plant Essentials.

May 1 update: A second round of treatments will take place from 6 to 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 3. 

Phase 2 of long-term planning process for Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed begins soon

Phase 2 of the long-term planning process for Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed will begin soon.

Enterprise Services received an appropriation of $4 million in the 2018 supplemental capital budget to begin an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A project-specific EIS is needed before short-term actions like dredging can occur or before a long-term management plan can be selected for implementation.

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.