Olympia seeks public input for ‘green designs’ along Capitol Way

The community is invited to give input on “green designs” along Capitol Way in downtown Olympia.

In January, Olympia was one of three capital cities selected for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Greening America’s Capitals Program.

The EPA will provide consulting services for a design that incorporates green infrastructure on Capitol Way. The program addresses topics such as stormwater runoff as well as improved pedestrian access to waterfront and businesses.

An open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 29) at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Attendees can learn about potential design concepts and share ideas. The design team will meet with local experts and leaders over the next two days before sharing final designs at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1, also at The Olympia Center. Both meetings are open to the public, and no RSVP is required.

There is no timeline for construction or implementation of the plan, said Stacey Ray, associate planner and project lead with the city. She said the project is intended to catalyze other efforts downtown.

“One of our goals is to really make that physical and mental connection for people that there’s so much more to do here than visit the Capitol campus,” Ray told The Olympian.

To learn more, call 360-753-8046 or email sray@ci.olympia.wa.us.