City of Tumwater, Washington  |  |  July 2015 

Capitol Boulevard Construction Project a

The 2015 Capitol Boulevard project is making great progress since work began on April 27. The first element of the project, and one of the most transformative, was construction of the block retaining walls between the south end of the bridge and E Street. Placement of the base blocks was tricky and time consuming, but in the end, the process was a success. 


EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS over the next few weeks while construction crews:

  • Grind pavement and prepare for overlay (night work scheduled for July 13-15, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.);
  • Fill and landscape the planter strips; and
  • Paint street markings and bike lanes along the corridor. 
The ornamental railing and street lights will be installed later this summer. 

Questions about construction? Call the Public Works Department at (360) 754-4140.
Donate to Tumwater's K-9 Programb

The Tumwater Police Department's K-9 Otis has been an invaluable resource to the department, but he has reached retirement age. It is time to bring in another K-9 generation to protect and serve.


Police K-9 breeding and training programs are expensive. After completion of all the training and certifications, a K-9 will cost about $12,000. K-9 Otis was funded entirely by the Tumwater community though donations from citizens and businesses that recognize the importance of this program. Tumwater's Police Guild has already donated $8,700 toward the new dog.


If you'd like to help, please donate to the Tumwater K-9 Program today. Stop by the Crossed Paws Bakery booth at the Tumwater Farmers Market, the Tumwater Police Department, or donate online at:


Donate to the K-9 Program Today 

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Community Partner: Hands on Children's Museumd

The Hands On Children's Museum stimulates curiosity, creativity, and learning through fun, interactive exhibits, and programs for children, families, and school groups. As a non-profit organization, Hands On Children's Museum provides a vital service to kids within our community and beyond. 


Since its founding in 1987, Hands On Children's Museum has evolved from a fledgling "museum without walls" to the premier provider of hands-on science and art education in Southwest Washington. This evolution was made possible through support from the community donations and revenue from local municipalities through a special taxing district.


Hands On Children's Museum is funded in part through the Capital Area Regional Public Facilities District. This Public Facilities District is a partnership between Tumwater, Olympia, Lacey, and Thurston County to provide funding for Hands On Children's Museum and the Regional Athletic Center. Hands On Children's Museum provides the community far more benefit than cost. Hands On Children's Museum has led several very successful community events including their signature event, Sand in the City. The annual event is scheduled for August 22 & 23 this year. Events like this provide a vital opportunity for the community to join together and discover something new and exciting and add value to our community. 


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Neighborhood Grants Available

Grants up to $1,000 are available for projects that build community connections in Tumwater neighborhoods. Find out more on the City website.

Tumwater Artesian Brewfest
August 22, 1-8 p.m.
Tumwater Valley Golf Course 

Find more information:

Tumwater Farmers Market 
Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Corner of Israel Road and Capitol Boulevard.

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Department Spotlight: City Attorney's Office  c


The City Attorney is legal advisor to the Mayor, City Council, and staff. The office provides legal representation in litigation for both civil and criminal issues, including prosecution of all misdemeanor criminal and traffic violations of the Tumwater Municipal Code. The office provides preparation assistance and legal review of ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements, and other documents for legal sufficiency. The City Attorney monitors new legislation and court rulings of interest to the City and advises the Mayor and staff as necessary. The department consists of two full-time staff, a contract with Thurston County for prosecution, and contracts with outside counsel, when needed, for specialized litigation.

Get your lawn chair ready for "Screen on the Green" this Auguste

Tumwater Parks and Recreation's annual "Screen on the Green" outdoor movie series starts on Friday, August 7 and continues Friday evenings through the month. Screen on the Green movies begin at dusk at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course. This event is fun for the whole family and it's free!  

Come early and enjoy dinner on the patio at the River's Edge restaurant or bring your own picnic, as long as you abide by park rules. Low-backed chairs are allowed, but grills, umbrellas, and pets are prohibited.


2015 dates and movies are:


August 7, "The Lego Movie" (PG) sponsored by O Bee Credit Union


August 14, "Guardians of the Galaxy" (PG-13) sponsored by Lacey/Capital/Chehalis Collision


August 21, "Paddington" (PG) sponsored by Northstar Church


August 28, "Big Hero 6" (PG) sponsored by Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce


For more information, call (360) 754-4160 or visit:


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Thanks to volunteers, sponsors, and the community for a wonderful Independence Day celebration in Tumwater! It was a great day for the parade, the Artesian Family Festival, and fireworks show. 

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855