Interim Park Improvements on Isthmus

About the Project 

In 2015, the City demolished the former County Health and Thurston County Housing Authority 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 until a master plan for these City-owned properties is developed.

This is a City of Olympia Parks project. These proposed improvements are not associated with the private development located to the east at 410 & 411 4th Avenue West.

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. 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.

Interim Park Design Selection

In early 2017, the Olympia Parks Department solicited feedback from the community during a public meeting and accepted comments via email on four different design concepts developed by Parks Planning & Design staff.  Based on feedback from the public and a recommendation by the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, Council approved a design concept on May 16, 2017 that incorporates a hardscape approach for the large, rectangular site and a grassy design for the smaller, square site.  View Final Concept Design (1.6MB PDF)

Construction and Closures

The demolition and construction contract for this project was awarded to Neptune Marine of Anacortes, WA by City Council on March 27, 2018.  The contractor will secure the site and begin demolition of the concrete foundations on Monday April 16, 2018.  Construction will last approximately two months, weather permitting.

During construction, sidewalks adjacent to the site will be closed for pedestrian safety.  Please use caution when traveling in the area. 

Portions of the City leased parking lots will be impacted during the project.  If you have questions about leased parking in these lots, contact Pam Fant, Customer Service - Community Planning & Development, 360.753.8288.


For questions regarding this park construction project:
Jake Lund, Parks Project Engineer, 360.753.8152,

For information on the long-term use of the site and master planning process on the Isthmus:
Laura Keehan, Parks Planning & Design Manager, 360.570.5855,