Downtown

Request for Proposals

The Parking Business Improvement Area (PBIA) is asking artists with skills in arts administration and youth empowerment to submit proposals to create a mural project in Downtown Olympia. View the RFP

Welcome to Downtown Olympia!

Downtown OlympiaOur downtown core is what makes us unique in the Puget Sound. Geographically located between the salt waters of the Puget Sound and the fresh waters of the Deschutes River and Capitol Lake, visitors enjoy stunning views of Mt. Rainier and the Olympic Mountain Range.

Spanning just .5 square miles, downtown houses over 450 independently owned businesses and over 1,900 residents. The Farmers Market, State Capitol CampusHands on Children’s Museum and 8 public parks are the main attractions for both Olympians and tourists. The local arts scene thrives with regular performances at 5 different theaters and a bi-annual Arts Walk celebration.

Learn more about downtown shopping and events on the Olympia Downtown Association (ODA) website.


Championing Downtown

One of City Council’s top priorities is to “Champion Downtown.” Look below to learn more about what’s been done, what's coming up, and how you can get involved to make downtown Olympia even better!

Downtown park with buildings in backgroundDowntown Community Renewal Area

The City is exploring using a planning tool known as Community Renewal Area (CRA) and working directly with downtown property owners and the community to help to get some properties that are eyesores transformed into productive use. Learn more...

 


Pet Parade in Downtown OlympiaDowntown Strategy

The Downtown Strategy will define what steps the City will take to make the community's vision for downtown a reality. This strategy will help to foster a rich diversity of places and spaces that will attract and support the people who live, work and play downtown. Learn more soon. Learn more...

 


EPA Greening Capitol Design TeamGreening Capitol Way

Olympia was one of four capital cities to be selected for the EPA’s Greening America's Capitols external link program. With assistance from EPA, we are re-envisioning Capitol Way, from the Farmer's Market to the State Capitol campus, as a greener and more vibrant streetscape. Learn more...