Committee seeks public’s help with park name

mbatcheldor@theolympian.comSeptember 2, 2013 

Olympia’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee wants to know: What should the newly designated park at the artesian well be named?

The citizens advisory committee will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. After the hearing, it could make a recommendation to the Olympia City Council, which will make the final decision.

The council decided in July to designate the 0.2 acre city parking lot, at 415 Fourth Ave. E., as a park. The designation means the parks department will maintain the well and can create rules and regulations for the property.

In June, the council voted to turn the area into a host site for an array of food trucks, a stage, movable tables and chairs, a portable toilet and other new features. The estimated cost is $153,000. Construction could begin late this year, with a grand opening sometime in the spring.

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

In the meantime, the lot will continue to be used for parking. Some parking will be retained when the park opens, including for people who fill water bottles there.

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

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