Latest News on Campaign to Build the Capitol Olympic Vista Park

Posted on March 31, 2015

Thank you for your interest in creating the Capitol Olympic Vista Park and for reading this newsletter.  We normally send this communication infrequently and only when significant developments need to be shared. We are now in a period in which progress is coming very fast.  So please expect more frequent, but short, messages about latest actions.  We share three items today.

First, the City of Olympia asked the state Legislature for help in removing the long vacant Capitol Center building from the Isthmus.  The proposed capital budget released this week by the House Capitol Budget Chair recommends an appropriation of $900,000 that may be used to help with acquisition and demolition of the building.  We expect to see the Senate’s proposed capital budget next week.  Representatives Sam Hunt, Chris Reykdal, and Senator Karen Fraser are working together in support of getting state support for funds in the capital budget.

Second, bids came in for the demolition of the former Housing Authority building across the street from Bayview Market.  The bids were well within the engineer’s estimate and work should begin soon.  The demolition of the former Health Department building to the west will come shortly after.  When these two derelict building come down, the community will see actual work begin on the Park.

Third, the city is conducting an important survey of public attitudes as it updates its Parks and Recreation Plan.  The survey is being conducted by Elway Research, Inc.  If you receive one of the random requests to participate, please log into the website as instructed by the letter and complete the brief survey.

Thank for your continuing interest and support.  We are closer than ever to our goal of protecting and perfecting the views to and from America’s most magnificent Capitol Campus setting.