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.



Artesian HostsHave you met the Well Host and Park Ranger?

Garrett, our Well Host provides a welcoming presence to all park and well users. He facilitates fun and engaging activities including: basketball, chess & checkers, art and reading materials. Cameron, our Artesian Park Ranger educates all park users of park rules and regulations. He ensures all park guests abide by park rules and has the authority to trespass guests that repeatedly violate park rules.

The Well Host and Park Ranger are currently seasonal from May 1st through October 1st. Their regular schedule is Tuesday through Saturday 1 to 8pm. Stop by and say hello!

Concerts 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

We have a permanent basketball hoop at the park. When the park is open, feel free to shoot hoops. Our Well Host and Park Ranger can supply basketballs when they are at the park. Enjoy!


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