Yelm Highway Community Park Master Plan

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Concept plan survey - Tell us what you think!

On August 4, 2021 Berger Partnership presented a proposed concept plan for the Phase 1 southern portion of the future park. Take the survey below to give us your feedback. Survey closes August 30, 2021.

Prior to taking the survey please:

Potential partnership with Olympia School District

The Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department (OPARD) is launching the next phase of the public input process for the future Yelm Highway Community Park with some news on a potential big partnership opportunity that we would like to share with the community.

The master planning project was delayed in March of 2020 due to the pandemic, at which time OPARD was approached by the Olympia School District (OSD) with a request to consider a property trade that would include co-locating a future high school (10+ years out) at the future Yelm Highway Park site. Over the last few months staff from both entities have explored the idea further and have information to share about the opportunities and impacts of partnership at this location.

In a joint public meeting, hosted over Zoom, OPARD and OSD described the concept and answered questions from the community. You can:

History of the project

In 2018, the City of Olympia purchased the property at 3323 Yelm Highway for a future community park. Approximately 60 percent of the property currently consists of fields used for strawberry production. A berry stand and gravel parking area are located at the north end of the property along Yelm Highway. Much of the southern half of the property is wooded.

We are developing a design concept to guide future park development in a phased approach. The master plan will incorporate active and passive recreational amenities, preservation and protection of critical areas, and integration of public art into the design.

Concept plan survey - Tell us what you think!

On August 4, 2021 Berger Partnership presented a proposed concept plan for the Phase 1 southern portion of the future park. Take the survey below to give us your feedback. Survey closes August 30, 2021.

Prior to taking the survey please:

Potential partnership with Olympia School District

The Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department (OPARD) is launching the next phase of the public input process for the future Yelm Highway Community Park with some news on a potential big partnership opportunity that we would like to share with the community.

The master planning project was delayed in March of 2020 due to the pandemic, at which time OPARD was approached by the Olympia School District (OSD) with a request to consider a property trade that would include co-locating a future high school (10+ years out) at the future Yelm Highway Park site. Over the last few months staff from both entities have explored the idea further and have information to share about the opportunities and impacts of partnership at this location.

In a joint public meeting, hosted over Zoom, OPARD and OSD described the concept and answered questions from the community. You can:

History of the project

In 2018, the City of Olympia purchased the property at 3323 Yelm Highway for a future community park. Approximately 60 percent of the property currently consists of fields used for strawberry production. A berry stand and gravel parking area are located at the north end of the property along Yelm Highway. Much of the southern half of the property is wooded.

We are developing a design concept to guide future park development in a phased approach. The master plan will incorporate active and passive recreational amenities, preservation and protection of critical areas, and integration of public art into the design.

Page last updated: 03 September 2021, 13:00