3100 Capital Mall Drive SW
530 Alta Street SW
Developed in 1982, this park was the vision of retired United States Army Colonel Yauger. Its 40 acres offer a wide range of recreation experiences: four ballfields (three lighted) that in fall and winter convert to three soccer fields, concession stand, jogging path, skate court, playground, horseshoe pits, community gardens and educational facility, pump track, and opportunities for viewing nature.
The most unusual feature of the park is the created wetland, which serves as a stormwater retention pond during heavy rains that would otherwise flood nearby streets. When it’s not filled to capacity, the area provides aquatic and upland habitat, inviting a variety of waterfowl into one of Olympia’s most urban environments.
On April 1, 2000 the Olympia Skate Court was opened. This 11,500 square foot concrete skating surface is a draw to local skaters who, along with community and City support, made the project possible.
Did you know?
- Yauger Park captures stormwater runoff from the west side business district in order to keep our streets from flooding.
- The pond, by design, removes contaminants from the stormwater.
- When full, the pond can hold up to 27 million gallons of water!
- After the storms subside, the stored water is gradually released through Percival Creek and ultimately into Budd Inlet.