Foundation will donate $100K for Capitol Olympic Park Development

Posted on December 13, 2013

Dear Friends,

As 2013 comes to a close, we can celebrate the great progress made to protect and perfect the views to and from America’s most magnificent capitol campus setting.  In June the city of Olympia purchased 2.3 acres for Phase I of the Park on the Isthmus. This purchase ends the threat of construction of a very large condominium building that would have impaired the views between the Capitol and the Olympics.

The next task is to remove the derelict buildings that now occupy this site. To assist in this effort the Olympia Capitol Park Foundation will donate $100,000 to the city of Olympia at the council meeting on Tuesday, December 17th at 7 pm.  This donation will be made in partial fulfillment of our goal to raise $400,000 in private donations to support Phase I of park development. Thus far, over 150 people and organizations have contributed. In addition, the city of Olympia, Thurston County and the state of Washington have all provided public funds for this effort.  We are optimistic that by early spring of 2014 we will see the start of site preparation for the park. We will continue our fund raising campaign to help the city finance initial park preparation.

Encouraged by this great progress, our principle goal remains the acquisition and removal of the long vacant nine stories building that occupies the center of the view corridor between the Capitol and the Olympics. We are working with the city, and other partners, to explore the best ways to accomplish this goal.

We very much appreciate the contributions of individuals, organizations and public agencies to the remarkable progress made in 2013. We also ask that everyone consider additional help, or helping for the first time, to establish a great civic space on Olympia’s Isthmus. By doing this you will be part of making an extraordinary legacy gift to the people of Washington State. We are closer than ever to our goal of protecting and perfecting the views to and from our magnificent capital campus forever.

Best regards,

Jerry Reilly, Chair
Olympia Capitol Park Foundation
360 561 4212