Working to Protect and Enhance the Historic Capitol-Olympic Vista


The Capitol Vista Park and the Olympia downtown waterfront have received local and national recognition.

Capitol-Olympic Vista #1

The citizens of Thurston County named the...

OCPF Chair, Jerry Reilly responds to Planning Commission recommendation

Dear Friends, Last night, November 1st, 2010 the...

About the Foundation

The Olympia Capitol Park Foundation was established in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible charitable gifts under the federal Internal Revenue Code.

Through our parallel organization, the Olympia Isthmus Park Association, we participated in the debate in Olympia over a developer’s proposal to erect very large commercial and residential buildings on the Isthmus. This project required a zoning change to raise the height limits from 35 feet to 90 feet (plus 12 feet or so for rooftop equipment sheds). A successful citizens’ initiative garnered nearly 5000 signatures to force the city to study building a park on the Isthmus; that study concluded that the park was feasible, provided that all of the partners came together to make it happen. The City restored the prior 35 foot height limit in February 2010, and made the Isthmus Park part of the city’s future Parks Plan in August 2010. (Please see the Heritage and Milestones section of this website for a more detailed summary of recent events.)

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Recent Blog Posts

June 21, 2018 |

Court Ruling May Suppress Public Interest Challenge to Keeping “Mistake on the Lake”

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Murphy recently ruled that our foundation, along with several former...

September 17, 2017 |

ACTION ALERT- Contact Olympia City Council Candidates

The plan to redevelop the Mistake by the Lake is now at a critical stage. On June 14th an application was...

July 23, 2017 |

ACTION ALERT – Attend Public Meeting

The Olympia Design Review Board will meet on Thursday, August 10th at 6:30pm at city hall to consider the design...

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