West Central Park Project

Olympia Green Tour - West Central Park

166 Division St NW, Olympia, WA 98502
Open May 19 Only

This urban corner, one of the busiest intersections in Olympia, is undergoing a startling transformation.   What was a vacant lot with stormwater and litter problems is now a thriving community catalyst with food gardens, warm and inviting places for people to gather, extensive on-site stormwater mitigation with rain gardens and permeable paths.

Click Here for details about the Green Tour "Low-Impact Hub"  business & organization vendors and family friendly activities.

WCP rain garden 2016 after a storm

WCP rain garden 2016 after a storm

Dry blooming rain garden 2018

Dry blooming rain garden 2018

At West Central Park you can see the beauty of "Low-Impact Development" including a rain garden and pervious alleyway, and speak with local experts on their design, construction, and maintenance to reduce polluted stormwater runoff.

Curious about permeable paths for your property?  With building code thankfully moving toward greater permeability in our built surfaces, it’s crucial that we help each other see best practices.  TRUEGRID permeable pavers are used extensively throughout to help with stormwater runoff, and local pro Chris Ruef will be on hand to talk about lessons learned and techniques for successful installation.

Olympia Green Tour - West Central Park - hugelkultur

Have you heard about the gardening technique of hugelkultur beds?  Hugelkultur means "hill culture" in German, because it is a mounded garden bed built upon lasagna-like layers of decomposing wood and soil.  In the Pacific NW where trees grow and fall down with stunning regularity, hugelkultur beds self-water and self-fertilize and are a sustainable means of gardening.  

The South Sound Seniors and GRuBteamed up with West Central Park to help make existing hugelkultur beds ADA accessible - and you can learn all about how this can work for your garden.

Want to know more about residential composting?  OlySunrise manages active and beneficial compost - a Soil Creation Location - at West Central Park.  This “100% bike-powered weekly compost pick-up service” is an inspiring local business out to aid our community health through the ground that grows the food we eat.  Thurston Talk wrote a great article about OlySunrise and its awesome Heather Wood.

Olympia Green Tour - West Central Park - urban bee keeping

Speaking of Heather Wood, have you heard the buzz about urban beekeeping?  Guess what?! From mason bees to honey bees - West Central Park is a great resource for urban beekeepers too!  Heather is also helping our community’s sustainability by managing on onsite pollination station. Come learn about the bees that help make our community more resilient.

And on top of that - West Central Park - site of the West Olympia Farmer’s Market - will feature booths and local sustainably minded businesses and supporters of the NW EcoBuilding Guild.

West Central Park - a celebration of sustainability in our community. 

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