Tree Removal Work on Legion Way March 19 & 20

News Release – Legion Way street closure for tree removal

Five trees will be removed on Legion Way this coming Monday and Tuesday, March 19-20. According to the City’s urban forester Kevin McFarland, even before the recent storm, these five trees were identified for removal this year due to their potential hazard condition.

The original 123 oak trees on Legion Way were topped about 30 years ago resulting in unnaturally shaped and weak limbs.

Three trees will be removed between Eastside and Central, and two trees will be taken down between Eastside and Pear.

Legion Way closure schedule:

Monday, March 19:

  • 9:00 a.m. until about Noon: Legion Way will be closed between Boundary and Central
  • Noon – 4:00 p.m.: Legion Way will be closed from Eastside to the entrance of Madison Elementary School. Access to Madison Elementary and the Knox Center will be from Boundary Street.

Tuesday, March 20:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (or until finished, if earlier): Legion Way will be closed from Eastside to Pear, with the first work taking place between Eastside and Quince.

If you have questions, contact Cathie Butler, City of Olympia Communications Manager, 360.753.8361.

Tree Debris Removal & Street Tree Assessment

Free Tree Storm Debris Drop Off Sites for City of Olympia Residents.

Two free drop-off sites for tree storm debris will open the next three weekends for use by Olympia residents:

· City of Olympia Maintenance Center, 1401 Eastside Street

· Yauger Park Parking Lot by Dirt Works (entrance off Alta Street)

The sites will be open Saturdays and Sundays:

· January 28-29

· February 4-5

· February 11-12

Except for Sunday, February 5 (Super Bowl Sunday), the drop off sites will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, February 5 the hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tree debris from the storm is the only material that will be accepted. It must not contain other material or objects.

The sites are open for the convenience of City of Olympia residents who should come prepared to show their Olympia utility bill or other proof they are an Olympia resident. Commercial trucks are to use the County Waste and Recovery Center, not the free drop off sites for City residents.

Olympia residents may also take storm debris to the sites previously announced by Thurston County.

The City will work with the Coalition of Neighborhood Associations to determine if additional drop-off sites are needed after February 12 at centralized neighborhood locations.

Tree Assessments.

Olympia’s urban forester has started to survey all trees on City of Olympia rights-of-way to determine their condition. Once the assessment is complete, the City will develop an action plan to prioritize which trees, if any, should be removed.

Report possible hazard trees on City of Olympia rights-of-way to Julie Mongey at the City by email or by phone during office hours:

· [email protected]

· phone: 753.8391.

The City’s urban forester may need to close streets without advance notice to take care of hazardous situations.

For Wednesday, January 25, Olympia’s Urban Forester is closing the following roads at 9:00 a.m. while crews remove hazardous roadway trees:

· Cooper Point Road between 14th and 28th

· Cain Road at both ends of Burnaby Park loop (detour Burnaby Park Loop).

Halloween Events

New Bridge Community Church will be hosting a Trunk or Treat open to the community from 6-8pm on Monday, October 31st. Contact the church for more information.

If your group or organization is holding events this fall and winter, let us know and we’ll post them on our site, Facebook, and email newsletter.

Updates on city projects

Some of you asked at the picnic about these two projects, so we checked with city staff and got updates:

  1. Central Street calming – four speed bumps will be installed on Central between 8th & 11th. This project is currently out for bid. The city anticipates that the work will be done in September.
  2. Lions Park shelter – the Parks Department is still planning to demolish most of the old shelter and build a new shelter in a spot close to the old one, along with some other site improvements. They will be leaving the restroom in place with a new roof. They’ve had some delays on other projects, but hope to complete the project this year.

Thanks to the members who asked and to the city staff who shared the information.

Final Reminder – Picnic Saturday!

Come to Lions Park Saturday starting at 11am for the 2011 Eastside Picnic. We’ll have burgers, hot dogs, and veggies burgers — bring sides and desserts to share, plus beverages and your reusable tableware. See you there!