Parks, Arts & Recreation Plan

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Help shape the future of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation!

Planning for Olympia’s 2022-2028 Parks, Arts and Recreation Plan is underway and we need your input! This plan helps to guide our decision making across all areas of our department, so your voice is important.

This community-driven update will include, public surveys and feedback, strategies for prioritizing improvements, and will incorporate goals grounded in equity and inclusion.

For a little context as you begin your engagement in the process, our department is responsible for:

  • Stewarding 1,357 acres comprised of 49 parks with 23 miles of trails, 4.5 miles of shoreline, 8 picnic shelters, 12 athletic fields, the Percival Landing boardwalk, and 134 Community Garden Plots.
  • Offering environmental education and volunteer programs for youth and adults.
  • Hosting over 10,000 participants in our recreation programs, classes, day camps, and sports leagues and more than 20,000 skaters at our seasonal ice rink each year.
  • Serving 8,000 meals to kids through the summer nutrition program.
  • Implementing a public art program including the Percival Plinth sculpture display on Percival Landing, the Traffic Box Wrap project, and Arts Walk, which has 24,000 annual visitors celebrating the arts in downtown Olympia.

Recent Council and Advisory Committee Meetings

On April 15, 2020, Olympia’s Parks, Arts & Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) received a briefing on the results of the Needs Assessment survey administered by ETC Institute. You can watch the presentation and read the report and appendices in the Documents section.

Help shape the future of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation!

Planning for Olympia’s 2022-2028 Parks, Arts and Recreation Plan is underway and we need your input! This plan helps to guide our decision making across all areas of our department, so your voice is important.

This community-driven update will include, public surveys and feedback, strategies for prioritizing improvements, and will incorporate goals grounded in equity and inclusion.

For a little context as you begin your engagement in the process, our department is responsible for:

  • Stewarding 1,357 acres comprised of 49 parks with 23 miles of trails, 4.5 miles of shoreline, 8 picnic shelters, 12 athletic fields, the Percival Landing boardwalk, and 134 Community Garden Plots.
  • Offering environmental education and volunteer programs for youth and adults.
  • Hosting over 10,000 participants in our recreation programs, classes, day camps, and sports leagues and more than 20,000 skaters at our seasonal ice rink each year.
  • Serving 8,000 meals to kids through the summer nutrition program.
  • Implementing a public art program including the Percival Plinth sculpture display on Percival Landing, the Traffic Box Wrap project, and Arts Walk, which has 24,000 annual visitors celebrating the arts in downtown Olympia.

Recent Council and Advisory Committee Meetings

On April 15, 2020, Olympia’s Parks, Arts & Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) received a briefing on the results of the Needs Assessment survey administered by ETC Institute. You can watch the presentation and read the report and appendices in the Documents section.

  • Equity Analysis Map

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    Using GIS tools, this map look at equity-associated demographic parameters in the undeveloped park service areas to help inform the order in which parks are developed in the future.

  • City of Olympia demographic information

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    Below is a snapshot of Olympia’s demographics to keep in mind as we plan for the community’s parks, arts and recreation. The information is based on American Community Survey 5-year data from 2014-2018.


    Population age

    Age % of population
    Under 5 4.7%
    5-9 5.4%
    10-14 5.2%
    15-19 5.6%
    20-24 7.4%
    25-34 15.4%
    35-44 14.9%
    45-54 12.0%
    55-59 5.9%
    60-64 6.7%
    65-74 9.8%
    75-84 4.7%
    85+ 2.2%


    Population forecast (City and Urban Growth Area)

    Year Actual population Projected population
    2015 62,590
    2020 66,430
    2025
    71,780
    2030
    76,080
    2035
    80,390
    2040
    83,990


    Ethnicity

    Ethnicity % of population
    White 82.7%
    Black/African American 2.5%
    American Indian & Alaska Native 1.1%
    Asian 7.5%
    Indian 0.6%
    Chinese 0.9%
    Filipino 0.6%
    Japanese 0.5%
    Korean 0.6%
    Vietnamese 2.4%
    Other Asian 1.8%
    Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander 0.5%
    Other race 1.2%
    Two or more races 4.4%
    Hispanic or Latino origin 8.2%


    Gender

    Location Male Female
    Olympia 48.1% 51.9%
    Thurston County 48.9% 51.1%
    Washington 50.0% 50.0%
    *We acknowledge this particular survey data does not recognize more than two genders.


    Income

    Location Median household income
    Olympia (incorporated only) $58,606
    Olympia (city and Urban Growth Area) $66,513
    Lacey (incorporated only) $66,675
    Tumwater (incorporated only) $65,167
    Thurston County $75,924


    Poverty

    Location Poverty rate
    Olympia (incorporated only) 16.7%
    Olympia (city and Urban Growth Area) 10.1%
    Lacey (incorporated only) 10.0%
    Tumwater (incorporated only) 9.6%
    Thurston County 11.0%


    Rent vs Own

    Location
    Renter
    Owner
    2018 2010 2018 2010
    Olympia 49.4% 48.0% 50.6% 52.0%
    Thurston County 36.3% 31.5% 63.7% 68.5%
    Washington State 37.3% 33.7% 62.7% 66.3%
    2018: ACS 5-year estimates 2010: Decennial


    Disability

    Disability % of population
    Hearing difficulty 3.9%
    Vision difficulty 2.2%
    Cognitive difficulty 5.4%
    Ambulatory difficulty 6.9%
    Self-care difficulty 3.0%
    Independent living difficulty 6.0%


    Internet access

    Total households (city and UGA) Households without internet
    % without internet
    29,873 2,667 8.9%


    Citizenship

    Citizenship % of population
    US citizen (born in US) 88.4%
    US citizen (born in Puerto Rico or US island) 0.1%
    US citizen (born abroad) 1.9%
    US citizen (naturalization) 5.4%
    Non-US citizen 4.1%