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 fourth year in a row, the Weyerhaeuser Company is donating the tree. The 34-foot Noble fir will make its formal public debut with the traditional lighting ceremony in the rotunda at 6 p.m. Dec. 6.
The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is addressing issues with overnight and extended parking on Deschutes Parkway that are raising concerns about public health, safety and the environment. A rulemaking process is required before the agency can adopt enforceable restrictions on parking.
The agency has begun rulemaking, and is seeking initial feedback on enacting a rule to adopt enforceable restrictions on parking on the Capitol Campus.
The agency is especially interested in thoughts on:
The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for a Veterans Day ceremony. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in the Legislative Building. Following the ceremony in the Legislative Building, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Sacajawea Chapter will read the Vietnam Memorial inscription followed by the list of names of Washington State residents Killed in Action or Missing in Action at the Memorial.
The Department of Enterprise Services will be lowering the level of Capitol Lake on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. – which is high tide -- in preparation of a replacement of the dam’s main operating cables. The replacement is scheduled to start on October 17 at 5 a.m. The replacement of the cables is anticipated to take eight hours to complete.
Dive crews will be on site. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic will not be impacted.
The City of Olympia has issued a permit for telecommunications work that will affect sidewalks along Capitol Way South between 11th and 16 Avenues beginning October 7.
Sidewalks will be closed while crews install new telecommunications lines. In addition, flaggers will be on site to direct vehicle traffic. There will be intermittent noise impacts associated with the work.
The Department of Enterprise Services worked with the city to ensure a tree protection plan is in place and to mitigate other potential landscaping impacts to the Capitol Campus.
DES crews installed 11 new plant signs along the Interpretive trail, and plans to update plantings for six of these signs - Soft Rush, Sword Fern, Serviceberry, Salal, Black Gooseberry, and Evergreen Huckleberry.
The visitor parking lot at Maple Park Ave. S.E. and Jefferson St. S.E. in Olympia will be closed Monday, Sept. 30, as two dead conifer trees are removed. The sidewalk between Maple Park Ave. S.E. and the spiral staircase to the East Plaza will also be closed.
There will be noise from chainsaws and tree chippers between 7 a.m. and noon.