Working to Protect and Enhance the Historic Capitol-Olympic Vista

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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...

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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

November 8, 2015 |

Congratulations Olympia You Did It!

CONGRATULATIONS OLYMPIA YOU DID IT! This week over 7000 Olympia voters supported the creation of a Metropolitan Park District. Proposition I was approved by nearly 60% of those who voted. This is a wonderful statement that people are willing to pay for the expansion and maintenance of the park system. The new resource, of about $3 million per year, makes it much more likely that the city will be able to acquire and remove the long vacant Capitol Center Building. As you probably know, another proposal recently surfaced to re-purpose this building. Although this follows a long series of previously failed proposals, if it does succeed we would continue to endure, far into the...

October 10, 2015 |

Vote Yes! – Metropolitan Park District this November

In a few days ballots will be mailed for the November 3rd election. Those of you who vote in Olympia will have the opportunity to create a Metropolitan Park District through Proposition I. Please vote YES. Passing Proposition I is critical to our goal of PROTECTING AND PERFECTING THE VIEWS TO AND FROM AMERICA’S MOST MAGNIFICENT CAPITOL CAMPUS SETTING, and building the CAPITOL VISTA PARK on the Isthmus. Recent news accounts report that yet another proposal has surfaced to renovate the long vacant Capitol Center Building. This follows several other failed attempts to salvage this structure.  In our opinion, the best solution to the blight on the Isthmus is to remove this building that...

February 5, 2015 |

State Partnership Sought to Remove Capitol Center Building

The city of Olympia, with support from our local legislators, has requested that the state assist in the removal of the nine story vacant Capitol Center building. Removal of this building is the key step in perfecting the views to and from America’s most magnificent capitol campus setting. The city is seeking a $5 million appropriation in the state’s capital budget for improvements to the waterfront. Some portion of this appropriation could be used to support purchase of the vacant building. The city already owns the two derelict buildings to the west of the Capitol Center building. These are the former Housing Authority building and the former Health Department building, on what is known...

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