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City of Tumwater, Washington  |  |  June 2013
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Court Services

Thurston County District Court and the City of Tumwater have reached agreement for provision of municipal court services for the City. The interlocal agreement was reached after about a year of discussions. Under the agreement, District Court will handle all misdemeanor cases and those infractions that require investigation and mitigation. The City will still handle payment of traffic infractions and minor violations.


The new model for municipal court services provided the most economical solution with the best service to court customers. The contract allows for improved security, increased staffing and efficiency, improved prosecution and public defense, access to the County's therapeutic courts, and access to video arraignment.


The change will save the City the cost of providing additional judicial and clerk time, acquisition of additional space, and creation of court holding cells. Based on current cases, City staff calculated $167,000 annual savings to taxpayers by contracting court services, compared to the cost to implement the changes necessary to meet the minimum standards for facility safety, public defense services, and prosecution. The cost of contracted services is proportional to the volume and type of cases heard in District Court. Monies and fees collected through the court system will help pay for the contracted services. The transition will take effect on August 1, 2013. 

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2013 4th of July Poster
Independence Day
in Tumwater

11 a.m. Parade
6 p.m. Artesian Festival
10:15 p.m. Fireworks
Parade entry forms due June 24.
Route maps and information
available on the City website. 


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 New Fireworks Regulations in Tumwater

fireworks  Discharge of personal fireworks permitted in Tumwater on  
  JULY 3rd and 4th 
  3 - 11 p.m. ONLY.  

Celebrate Independence Day in a safe and enjoyable manner that is within the law. In 2012, the Tumwater City Council amended the Fireworks ordinance (TMC 8.30) to reduce the timeframe allowed to discharge fireworks and to reduce the number of fireworks stands permitted within the City. These changes will go into effect this holiday season.

  • Ignition/discharge of safe and sane fireworks are allowed within the City of Tumwater on July 3 and 4, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. only.
  • A Safe Patrol (police and fire staff) will enforce the new regulations during the holiday season. Violators can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $1,000.
  • Professional displays are unaffected by the ordinance and require a special permit.

Visit the Washington State Patrol website for great resources on fireworks safety and injury prevention.


Pioneer Park closed July 4, 2013. 

Tumwater Brewery District Planning Project Open House

brewery-district-planning   Community Open House #2
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

   South Sound Manor,
   455 North Street SE,
   Tumwater, WA 98501


The City of Tumwater and Thurston Regional Planning Council invite you to attend the second of three open houses to learn about the Tumwater Brewery District and help shape its future. This second meeting will review the District Vision and Goals package and discuss several land use and mobility scenarios that were crafted from the first public meeting.

The Tumwater Brewery District Planning Project will examine the character and potential of the 300-acre district surrounding the historic Tumwater brewery. Building on the 2011 visioning project for the former brewery, the City will work with land owners, businesses, residents and other stakeholders to develop a long-range vision for the District, and an action plan for bringing that vision to life in the coming years.

Visit the Brewery District Planning Project website to learn more about the project, or contact Tim Smith, Planning Manager, (360) 754-4212.


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Tumwater Valley Golf Course

Summer has arrived, the sun is out and golfers from all over our region are heading to Tumwater Valley. As a multiple-year winner of the "Best Golf Course in the South Sound" award, Tumwater Valley Golf Course continues to make improvements and provide the best golfing value in Thurston County.

For 2013, golfers will find a brand new fleet of EZ-Go electric golf carts, new specials in the pro shop, golf instruction from top-rated PGA and LPGA professionals and new green fee rates that are the best in the area. Golfers and non-golfers alike will appreciate visiting the River's Edge restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Restaurant-goers will enjoy new menu items and old favorites in a friendly atmosphere while dining indoors or on one of the outdoor patios overlooking the golf

Along with rates, golfers will enjoy the regular monthly "bundle specials." The June special offers golfers 18 holes with a cart, a pulled pork sandwich and pop for $27 after 9 a.m. on weekdays and $38 after 10 a.m. on weekends. Visit the website to book a tee time today!

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Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the Tumwater Parks & Recreation brochure for sports, programs and classes. It's not too late to sign up for day camps, classes, and sports programs. Call (360) 754-4160 for details.


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Whether you are entertaining guests from out-of-town, planning a staycation or just looking for something to do this summer, check out the new Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau website. Browse to to find a community calendar with events and activities from all around Thurston County.



Tumwater Farmers Market

Visit our local market on Wednesdays, June through October, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., corner of Israel Road and Capitol Blvd.

July 4 
Celebrate Independence Day in Tumwater!
Parade begins at 11 a.m.

(Capitol to Israel Road, see route map and road closures.)

"Stars, Stripes & Service," is the theme, with Grand Marshals Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 17th Fires Brigade led by Colonel Kamper.

It's not too late to participate, entry packets are due June 24. Visit the City website for details or call Tumwater Parks & Recreation at (360) 754-4160.


Artesian Festival at 6 p.m. &
Thunder Valley Fireworks Show at 10:15 p.m.
Tumwater Valley Golf Course

Music, food and games for kids of all ages. The fireworks show will be accompanied by music on site. Festival entry is FREE, event parking is $10 per car. Special thanks to our sponsor, the Tumwater Downtown Association. 


Fridays in August (2, 9, 16, and 23)

Screen On the Green

Free outdoor movies at Tumwater Valley Golf Course. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and movies begin at dusk. Visit the City website for a list of movies.


thunder-rumbleAugust 17, 8:30 a.m.

Thunder Rumble 5K,  Tumwater/Port of Olympia 

Proceeds support soldiers and families from the 17th Fires Brigade (Tumwater's adopted brigade through JBLM's Community Connector program), sponsored by AUSA and the USFAA.

Register today to show your support.


September 7

Tumwater Oktoberfest

Inaugural event to celebrate the brewing tradition with samplings of early fall brews at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course. Attendees must be 21 or older.


Samba OlyWa provided entertainment at the opening of the Tumwater Farmers Market 2013 season
on June 5. The market, located on the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Israel Road, will run from
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Wednesday through October.

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855