Yauger Park

Yauger Park

Size

39.77 Acres

Location

3100 Capital Mall Drive SW

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530 Alta Street SW

Park Features

  • Picnic Areas
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter (Rental information)
  • Playground
  • Basketball Hoop
  • Athletic Fields
  • Running Track
  • Horseshoes
  • Skate Court
  • Bike Skills Area
  • Restrooms
  • Concession Stand (Summer Only)
  • Community Garden    

Park History

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.

Since 2000, the Yauger Skate Park (11,500 sq. ft.) has been a draw to the local and regional skateboarding community. The park is one chapter of Olympia skate history and we are grateful to the skaters, along with the community and City support, who made the park possible. In 2016 Grindline was commissioned to improve surface cracks and add the 5ft quarter pipe with pool copping along with a beginner flat bar and manual pad.

Skate Court info

  • Skate at your own risk.
  • Helmets and pads encouraged.
  • This skate park has some vert, but is mostly a street style transition park with some plaza style ledges.

Stormwater pond

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.