Interim Park Improvements on Isthmus

About the Project

In 2016, the City demolished former County Health and Thurston County Housing building structures, but the foundations still remain. This Interim Improvement project will remove the foundations and restore the area in a way that allows for public access and enjoyment. 

The Olympia City Council set five parameters for this project:

1. Focus on the foundation areas of the two former buildings on the Isthmus.
2. Be an interim use until a master plan is developed.
3. Will try to allow for reuse of as many of the improvements as possible.
4. Public will have an opportunity to provide input.
5. Project budget is $500,000.

Final Concept Design

Four concept designs were presented and based on public feedback, Council approved a hybrid approach which incorporates a more hardscape approach for the large, rectangular site and a grassy design for the smaller, square site.  View Final Concept Design (1.6MB PDF)

Project Timeline

Design is complete.  Construction to begin in April 2018, with completion in June 2018 (weather permitting). 

Full Public Engagement Process Coming in 2018

In 2018, the City will launch a broader public engagement process about the long-term vision for the City-owned property on the Isthmus. 

Preliminary Concept Designs

At the public meeting on April 19, 2017, these four concept designs were presented. At the May 16, 2017 Council meeting, City Council reviewed the public comments and final concept drawings.

Interim Isthmus Powerpoint Presentation (1.4MB PDF) 

Concept A (2MB PDF)

Concept B (2.5MB PDF)

Concept C (2.5MB PDF)

Concept D (2.5MB PDF)


Contact Laura Keehan, Parks Planning & Design Manager, 360.570.5855,