Opinion

July 15, 2014

City must fully commit at the Artesian Well Park

Young street people have occupied the vacant lot near the City of Olympia’s artesian well site for years, primarily during the warmer shoulder seasons and summer. They have mixed there with others to create an often-intimidating space adjacent to a bar-lined stretch of Fourth Avenue where crime sometimes occurs and that some people choose to avoid. The City of Olympia has tried for the past year to turn the well site into a welcoming city park, named the Artesian Well Park, to attract nearby office workers and others who would use the park in more positive ways. But, so far at least, it has only made a nicer place for the same old bunch.

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