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. The public meeting was hosted over Zoom and recorded.

An associated survey was also available on Engage Olympia to gather feedback on the concept plan. The survey was open from August 5, 2021 through September 2, 2021 and received 62 responses.

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. The public meeting was hosted over Zoom and recorded.

An associated survey was also available on Engage Olympia to gather feedback on the concept plan. The survey was open from August 5, 2021 through September 2, 2021 and received 62 responses.

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.

  • Public meeting Aug. 4

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    On August 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Berger Partnership will present a proposed concept plan for the Phase 1 southern portion of the future park. The concept plan integrates feedback received on the three concept plans presented in early 2020 and only incorporates park amenities on the southern portion of the park as a decision on school colocation has not yet been made.

    The meeting will be hosted over Zoom and also recorded for later viewing on the Engage Olympia project webpage. An associated online survey will be available from August 5th – 30th to provide feedback on the concept. The Zoom meeting link will be posted to the project’s Engage Olympia webpage by August 2nd: https://engage.olympiawa.gov/yelm-highway-community-park-plan

    Background

    While a partnership decision has yet to be made by the City Council, staff proposes to move forward with a Phase 1 design that would work with or without a school colocation at the site. A Phase 1 park design could include 1-3 rectangular fields and associated support facilities as well as a walking loop, playground or sport court (as budget allows). The location of Phase 1 improvements (on the southern part of the property) is not in the area that could be traded as a potential school location and could be constructed in either event.

    The current goal is to break ground on Phase 1 of Yelm Highway Community Park in 2024. In order to achieve that, we need to be prepared for upcoming deadlines for significant grant opportunities. Phase 1 design will provide concept plans and preliminary cost estimates that are required grant application materials, and will also allow us to begin the necessary permitting process for the project.

  • Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee Recommendation

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    Olympia’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) discussed the idea of whether to co-locate a secondary school at the Yelm Highway Community Park site at their December 2020 and January 2021 meetings. Following a study of the issues, PRAC voted to not recommend co-locating a secondary school at the site.

  • Survey Results

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    The results from the latest outreach survey are now available.

  • Potential partnership with Olympia School District

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    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 will describe the concept and answer questions from the community. For those who cannot attend the Zoom meeting, an online survey will be available following the meeting for three weeks. All citizen feedback will be compiled and shared with the Olympia City Council and Olympia School Board early in 2021 for their consideration.

    Meeting Details:

    • Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, 6-7:30 p.m.
    • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public meeting will be hosted over Zoom. A link to the Zoom meeting will be posted here a week prior.
    • A recording of the meeting will be posted here along with an online public survey. The survey will be available for three weeks and close on December 6, 2020.
  • Outreach Survey #2 Results

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    A second survey about the future community park on Yelm Highway was available from February 28 - April 20, 2020. The survey questions helped the design team understand what the community prefers in the three concept drawings sketched for the park.

  • Survey Results Available

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    A survey about the future community park on Yelm Highway was available from Sep. 18 - Oct. 13. We asked what types of features and activities people would like to see, their proximity to the park, and any questions and concerns they have.

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