Deadlines near for artesian park

Vendor applications were due Friday; project bids are next

ahobbs@theolympian.comFebruary 1, 2014 

Construction on the proposed Artesian Commons is slated to begin this spring in downtown Olympia.

Located at 415 Fourth Ave., this future “urban courtyard” contains the historic artesian well. The public can still access the site 24 hours a day with entrances off Jefferson Street and Fifth Avenue. Portions of the parking lot have been restriped to create eight spaces for those using the well.

Right now, the city is seeking bidders for the project, which is expected to cost between $130,000 and $140,000. The goal is to start construction in March. Opening day is scheduled for May 3.

Last July, the Olympia City Council voted to designate the 0.2-acre site as an official city park. In addition to hosting food trucks year round, the finished park will include a retractable canopy for a stage area, along with space for tables and chairs.

The current plan calls for leasing three spots for food trucks. Applications for the vendors were due Friday. Upon signing a one-year lease, the food trucks will stay open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. six days a week (closed Sundays) through Oct. 31.

The city is considering murals for the park along with a decorative “faux creek” painted on the asphalt.

Other possibilities include using the park as a venue for live entertainment, said planning and design manager Dave Okerlund.

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869

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