Tumwater on Tap
City of Tumwater, Washington  |  www.ci.tumwater.wa.us  |  August 2014
Message from the Mayor
top l What a summer it has been in Tumwater! We've had a spectacular couple of months. I've had the honor of representing Tumwater in several local parades. These are always fun and a great opportunity to chat with many folks. The highlight for me is always Tumwater's 4th of July parade.  Our Parks and Recreation staff make it look easy but this parade and the fireworks show take a year of planning and support from nearly every department in the City. If you didn't have an opportunity to connect with me or your City Councilmembers at one of these events, pencil in the evening of September 17th, our next Tumwater Community Day at City Hall. We are trying something different this year - a weekday evening. I hope you will find the time to stop by and say "Hello," meet staff, and learn about all the great things going on in Tumwater.

Recently, my wife Nancy and I have been harvesting the fruits of our labors in the garden. We've had a bountiful crop of vegetables, blueberries, and even managed to get a few cherries before the birds got them. The plum and apple trees are looking great. Even if you have a small yard, consider planting something next year. It's really not that hard and it's a great way to reduce the amount of grass you have to mow! 

Summer is a time to enjoy the  beautiful weather and recharge your batteries.  My wife and I took a ride around the Olympic Peninsula with our son Nicholas, and then up to Paradise on Mount Rainier. There aren't too many places in the world where you can stroll on an ocean beach, walk among gigantic trees, and see meadows of wildflowers set in a picturesque mountain backdrop - all within a day's drive. It makes me realize just how special a place we live in and how important it is to take care of our little corner of the world. Thank you for all your support and I hope you enjoy the summer too!  


  Pete Kmet, Mayor

Screen on the Green at the Tumwater Valley Golf Club

Special Feature! August 22 - Frozen, the Sing-along and Root Beer Float Bar

root-beerTumwater Parks & Recreation Department's Screen on the Green (SOTG) is gearing up for the grand finale. This season's event format is the same as past years (outdoor movies beginning at dusk on the first four Fridays in August), but it comes with a new feature. 


The last showing of the summer on August 22 will be Frozen: the Sing-Along. This is the first sing-along movie ever shown for a Screen on the Green viewing. This version of the popular children's movie Frozen will include words on the screen so that everyone can get into the sing-along spirit.  Another exciting first for the August 22 movie night is the addition of free root beer floats for everyone who attends (while supplies last).  The root beer floats are sponsored by the Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce, Puget Sound Energy, and South Sound Foursquare. Tumwater Parks & Recreation is excited to be collaborating with these community-minded groups to offer a fun addition to the event that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. 


For Screen on the Green movie nights, attendees should bring chairs and/or blankets and pack some warm clothing as it does get cold on the course once the sun sets.  Seating begins at 7:30 p.m., the movie begins at dusk. Picnic dinners or dining at the Rivers Edge restaurant are encouraged. Please remember that alcohol, barbecues, and pets are not permitted.


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Summer is construction season for the City too

constructionTis the season to work outdoors and make those improvements that have been waiting for clear skies. You may have seen progress on the following City projects: 

  • Capitol Boulevard Bridge & Boston Street Bridge Maintenance
    Work will begin in late August on the City's two bridges over the Deschutes River; Capitol Blvd and Boston Street. The work involves patching of concrete on the driving surfaces and the bridge piers.
  • Somerset Hill and Cleveland Avenue Outfalls Project
    Stormwater outfall retrofit projects for Somerset Hill Drive and Cleveland Avenue are getting underway this month. These projects are using combinations of rain gardens, bio-retention cells and Filterra treatment systems to slow down and treat the bulk of the stormwater flows before they enter Percival Creek and the Deschutes River.
  • Linderson Way Bike Paths & Sidewalks - Lee Street to Israel Road
    This project includes installing sidewalks on the east side of Linderson Way and some minor street widening to accommodate bike lanes in both directions, between Lee Street and Israel Road. Intersections at Tartan Drive and at Dennis Street are also being reconstructed to slow vehicles and make safer crossings for pedestrians. Stormwater flows will be treated through construction of a bio-retention facility. Work is expected to be complete by the end of August. 
  • 2nd Avenue Landscape Clean-up
    In early August, City crews began work to clean-up the area along 2nd Avenue between Custer Way and F Street. Vegetation along the concrete wall between 2nd Avenue and I-5 was originally developed as part of the widening of I-5. The landscaping has since overgrown the area. This area did include 47 flowering plum trees that have been removed, based on the recommendations of the City's contract tree professional. These trees were in poor health and had sustained significant damage from ice storms over the years. 
    Once the cleanup work is completed the area will be leveled and grass planted so that it can be included in the crew's routine maintenance schedule. The project should be complete by early October.

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Community Day returns on September 17

communityMark your calendar for Wednesday, September 17, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the City of Tumwater's showcase of services at Community Day. Bring the whole family to learn more about your City!  Free activities and events for all ages will be offered at the Tumwater City Hall and Headquarters Fire Station on Israel Road. 

Shawn Lamb, Community DayOfficer Mize w/OtisThe annual Community Day event began in 2010 as an effort to educate citizens about City services. The event was cancelled in 2013 due to construction of the police facility at City Hall. But this year, it's back and we're trying a weeknight schedule. Stay tuned for more information about Community Day in the September edition of Tumwater on Tap.


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Summer Calendar
calendarThunder Rumble 5K/10K
Saturday, August 16 thunder-rumble

Race begins at 8:30 a.m. 

Near 78th Avenue SW and Center Street SW in Tumwater


Come out to the Thunder Rumble 5K/10K fun run on Saturday, August 16, 2014. The run benefits soldiers and families of the 17th Field Artillery. Both runners and spectators are welcome at the event. At least one battalion of soldiers will run the 5K and sing cadences along the Tumwater route. A live video feed at the event will connect soldiers deployed overseas running a shadow event. Plan to run along or stand and cheer. Don't miss this powerful experience. 

Tumwater Artesian Brewfest

Saturday, August 23

1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tumwater Valley Golf Course


The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest (renamed from the inaugural Tumwater Oktoberfest event in 2013) provides a venue to celebrate the legacy of brewing and its importance in Tumwater history. The event offers a selection of tastings from 30 different breweries and several local wineries, local cuisine, outdoor games, a 5K fun run, hole-in-one competition, and live entertainment. Tickets are on sale now. Visit http://www.TumwaterArtesianBrewfest.com

Interested in helping out at the event? Call (360) 252-5424 for details. 


This event is hosted by the Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau and the City of Tumwater to celebrate the tradition of brewing in the community.

Tumwater Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
June through October   

Corner of Israel Road SW and Capitol Boulevard

Looking for Summer activities for the kids?

Browse the Parks & Recreation Summer Brochure and find out How to Register on the City website or call (360) 754-4160 for assistance. Fall catalog will be out soon. 
Please call the Parks & Recreation office for more information at (360) 754-4160.  

2014 Screen on the Green 
Tumwater Valley Golf Course, gates open at 7:30 p.m., movies begin at dusk
Friday, August 15 - "Star Trek Into Darkness" (PG-13)
Friday, August 22 - "Frozen: The Sing-Along" (PG) & Root Beer Float Bar, sponsored by the Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce. See Special Feature (above) 

Beavers are nature's engineers

beaversYou may have noticed an increase in beaver activity over the last few years. After being driven to near-extinction for their pelts, beavers have been making a comeback thanks to national protections and prime habitat here in Tumwater. While some consider beaver to be pests, science has demonstrated these critters are actually a "keystone" species - meaning they play a crucial role in our environment, and many species, including humans, rely upon beavers and their work in our environment for healthy watersheds.

In addition to creating vital habitat, beavers can help humans directly by:
  • Recharging drinking water aquifers
  • Decreasing damaging floods
  • Removing pollutants from waters
  • Providing protection from droughts
  • Decreasing erosion in our watersheds
The City recognizes the value of beavers in our community and is working with landowners to minimize beaver impacts to properties, while maintaining critical wetlands and habitat. Studies show that working with beavers is much more effective than traditional methods, such as trapping. Installation of devices called flow levelers have a 97% success rate, versus trapping, which has a 16% success rate over a two year period. And, overall maintenance costs can also substantially decrease with these devices - in some cases, over 600%!

For more information on beavers or our efforts to coexist, contact Water Resources Program Manager Dan Smith, desmith@ci.tumwater.wa.us.

Volunteers contributed  many hours of service to the City in July. Projects included pulling Scotch broom and invasive plants from City storm retention ponds, removing litter from City streets, pulling ivy and clearing trash in DeSoto Canyon and marking storm drains. A big thanks to the groups and individuals that participated!

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855