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Governor’s Mansion summertime tours available in July

OLYMPIA --Reservations are now available for a special day of summertime tours at the Washington State Governor's Mansion.

The tours are hosted by the Governor's Mansion Foundation, and will be at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 29.

Constructed in 1908, the Georgian-style mansion is the oldest building on the state Capitol Campus. It boasts panoramic views of the city of Olympia, Capitol Lake, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

Construction on West Campus to have traffic & pedestrian impacts on Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8

A telecom contractor is scheduled to work on West Capitol Campus on Thursday and Friday.

Traffic, pedestrian travel patterns and some parking stalls will be affected by the work, which is connected to LegTech’s Legislative Fiber Backbone Project. 

Enterprise Services is providing logistics support for safety and traffic plans. There will be warning signs alerting drivers and pedestrians about the construction activity in the area. In some cases, flaggers will direct traffic. 

Among the impacts: 

History lecture series offered this summer on Capitol Campus

Learn about local history and its connection to state and national events during a series of sack lunch lectures on Capitol Campus.  

The events, which are sponsored by the Capitol Visitor Services Volunteer Program, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Columbia Room of the Legislative (capitol) Building. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public.  

Here are the dates and topics: 

5,000 expected at Capitol on June 10

The Department of Enterprise Services’ Capitol Security and Visitor Services has issued a permit for the 2018 Capital City Pride Festival on Sunday, June 10.  

Festival organizers estimate that 5,000 people will attend the annual event, which could affect traffic and parking on Capitol Campus. The event includes a noon parade from the flag circle lawn near the Legislative Building to Heritage Park, where festival activities are scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m.   

Memorial Day events planned for Capitol Campus May 28

Enterprise Services would like to remind people that the numerous war monuments and memorials on Capitol Campus traditionally draw heavy visitor traffic during Memorial Day weekend.

Two events that the Enterprise Services Capitol Security & Visitor Services (CSVS) issued permits for are expected to bring noise impacts as well. 

Update on the Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed long-term planning project

The Department of Enterprise Services is in the process of selecting a consultant to perform an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which is the second phase in long-term planning for the Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed. An EIS is a tool used in decision making and is required before:

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. 

Tree treatments to close part of Heritage Park on May 2

The first of two planned fungicide spray treatments on London plane trees at Heritage Park will take place Thursday, May 2 at 5 a.m. The work is weather dependent, and will help reduce a foliar fungal disease and promote tree health.

During the work, a section of Heritage Park (see map below) will be cordoned off until the spray dries, which should take three to four hours.

The temporary partial closure will affect entrances to Heritage Park from Marathon Park and the switchback from the upper part of Capitol Campus.

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.

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