Artesian well site might become park

mbatcheldor@theolympian.comJuly 22, 2013 

Olympia City Council members will consider designating the city’s artesian well as a park at their meeting Tuesday.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E.

A park designation would mean the well, which sits in a parking lot off Fourth Avenue and Jefferson Street, would be maintained by the city’s parks department.

The council voted in June to transform the parking lot into the host site for an array of food trucks, a stage, moveable tables and chairs, a portable toilet and other new features, at an estimated cost of $153,000.

Construction is planned to begin late this year, with a grand opening around next May.

In the meantime, the lot will continue to be used for parking. Some parking would be retained under the park plan.

The city plans to sign leases with food trucks through a competitive process, and the truck operators will maintain the tables and chairs.

Tuesday’s vote is specifically about the park designation and which department will maintain the property.

In addition to the parks department, the city probation work crew and the city’s downtown ambassadors would maintain the park.

In other business on Tuesday, the council will have a briefing on the city’s Wastewater Management Plan.

Matt Batcheldor: 360-704-6869 mbatcheldor@theolympian.com @MattBatcheldor

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