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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.

Level P-1 of the NRB Garage will close over the weekend of May 4-7

 

The level P-1 of the Natural Resources Building Parking Garage will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 4, for weekend painting and will reopen at 7 a.m. Monday, May 7. During the winter months, a waterproof parking lot surface was replaced. When the parking stalls were restriped, weather conditions caused the paint to peel. The weekend work will restripe the stalls on level P-1. 

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.

April 21 rally to bring estimated 2,000 to Capitol Campus

Enterprise Services has issued a permit for a rally this weekend that organizers say could bring up to 2,000 people to the state Capitol Campus in Olympia. The event is expected to affect traffic and parking on the campus. 

Many rally participants are expected to openly carry firearms, as allowed under state law. There is no prohibition against openly carrying guns on the grounds of the state Capitol Campus in Olympia. 

Work to prepare Capitol Campus mural for relocation begins

Enterprise Services is developing plans and strategy for relocating the mural by artist Jean C. Beall from the mothballed General Administration Building to the new Helen E. Sommers Building. The agency received funding in the 2018 capital budget for the project.

To minimize damage to the mural, it must be moved in one piece along with its wall. The mural and wall weigh an estimated 28,000 pounds.

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. 

SE sliding door in Legislative Building closed April 17


On Tuesday, April 17, the automatic sliding door on the southeast side of the Legislative Building will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for cleaning and marble repair. The door was recently replaced because it was malfunctioning due to age and wear. 

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 to allow for ADA access.

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. 

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