Artesian Well and Commons

Artesian Commons Off-Season Details

Please Note: From October 1 - April 30, the Artesian Commons does not host scheduled programming or have full time staff on site. Events and full staffing will resume on May 1, 2018. For questions or concerns, please contact Luke Burns at lburns@ci.olympia.wa.us.

About the Artesian Commons

The Artesian Commons

Located at 415 4th Ave SE, the Artesian Commons is Olympia’s first downtown 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 HostsWell Host and Park Ranger

From May 1 - October 1, the Artesian Commons is staffed by our Well Hosts and Park Rangers. Our Well Hosts provide a welcoming presence to all park and well users. They facilitate fun and engaging activities including: basketball, chess & checkers, art and reading materials. Our Park Rangers educate all park users of park rules and regulations. They ensure all park guests abide by park rules and have the authority to trespass guests that repeatedly violate park rules.

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


Concerts and Events

During spring and summer, the City of Olympia and its partners host many great, family-friendly events at the Artesian Commons, including The Bridge concert series, Play! at the Well, and more. We will update our Artesian Commons Events Calendar and Event Application Packet for 2018 when scheduled park activities resume in Spring.


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!

 

 


Water jug filling at the Artesian WellAbout 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.

 

 


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.