Artesian Well and Commons

About the Artesian Commons

The Artesian CommonsLocated at 415 4th Ave SE, the Artesian Commons is Olympia’s first urban park. The park includes a free flowing artesian well that is a widely known historic landmark. The .2 acre site is a central destination in downtown Olympia, with a basketball hoop, bathroom, picnic tables and garden pots.

The City has partnered with many local businesses and non-profits to bring positive, daily programming and events to the space. Improvements to the site are ongoing, with the ultimate goal of creating a space that is safe and welcoming for all.

The Artesian Commons park is open from dawn to dusk. The Artesian Well itself is open 24/7.


Bridge Event at the Artesian CommonsConcerts and Events

The City and its partners host many great, family-friendly events at the Artesian Commons including The Bridge concert series, Play! at the Well, and more. To hold your own event at the Commons download this Event Packet.

• View the Artesian Commons Events Calendar



Ambassador basketball at the CommonsBasketball

Take on Olympia's Downtown Ambassadors in a game of 3 on 3 or 21 on our new hoop! You can find them at the Artesian Commons Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Or start or join a pickup game anytime during park hours.



Director Paul Simmons at the Artesian CommonsMessage from the Director

What's happening at the Artesian Commons? Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Director, Paul Simmons, explains the overall vision for the Commons and the steps that are being taken to make it a reality.

View the Message from the Director



Water jug filling at the Artesian Well

About the Artesian Well

At a depth of approximately 90 feet, the Artesian Well is 1.8-inches in diameter and flows approximately 10 gallons per minute. Many Olympians use the well as their primary source of water.

• Learn about the History of the Well (Coming soon)


Filling a bottle at the Artesian WellArtesian Well Water Quality

Artesian Well water is safe to drink and is tested frequently for bacteria and minerals. For questions about water quality please contact Meliss Maxfield at 360.753.8202 or by email at mmaxfiel@ci.olympia.wa.us.