Keeping the Bee in Business

Olympia’s newest park is for the bees

Capitol Campus Pollinator Garden is a great spot to bring kids, or just a lunch.

By Danny Stusser for Jolt News

Olympia’s newest park offers something for toddlers, seniors, skaters, lunch-packers, grade-schoolers, gardeners and beekeepers.

Not only that, Olympia didn’t have to pay a penny for it. Not directly, at least.

The new Capitol Campus Pollinator Garden is a pocket park inside what’s otherwise called the East Campus of the Washington State Capitol. It’s paid for from state funds and operated by the Department of Enterprise Services, not the Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation department.

The garden was dedicated on Wednesday by Governor Jay Inslee in front of some 40 people, including Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby who called the East Campus in which it sits “one of the biggest assets of living in Olympia.”

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