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LACEY, WA 2019 Visitors Guide

www.discoverlacey.com


Fire Commissioners Liberty Ryder, Frank Kirkbride, Sylvia Roberts, Gene Dobry, and Judy Wilson.

Fire Chief Steve Brooks

Lacey Fire District Three (LFD3) provides Fire, Emergency Medical, and Rescue services to the City of Lacey and surrounding unincorporated areas. LFD3 has a population of approximately 98,000 residents and responds to approximately 14,000 requests for services annually. This means that one of our crews is responding to an incident somewhere in the District or supporting one of our nearby partners over 30 times each day. In partnership with Thurston County Medic One, the District provides one of the highest rates of survival for life-threatening cardiac events anywhere in the nation. In addition to its emergency and nonemergency incident response activities, LFD3 is also heavily involved in public education, prevention, and outreach activities. We encourage you to contact us or stop by our Headquarters during normal business hours if we can assist you in any way. LFD3 is happy to help with coordinating Fire Prevention, CPR, or other health and safety training topics. We also schedule child car seat inspections and provide bike helmet fittings in partnership with Safe Kids of Thurston County. LFD3 is governed by a Board of five Fire Commissioners who are elected at-large for six year terms. The Commissioners appoint the Fire Chief to manage the day-to-day operations of the District. If you have any questions or comments about LFD3, feel free to contact members of the Board or the Fire Chief by phone at (360) 491-2410. Email contact information is readily available on the District’s website. We also invite you to follow us on our social media outlets through Facebook and Twitter.

(360) 491-2410

1231 Franz Street SE, Lacey, WA 98503 www.facebook.com/pages/Lacey-Fire-District-Three/227862297243546 @LaceyFireDist3

www.laceyfire.com


INSIDE EVENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

EXPLORE

Welcome to Lacey............. 4

EVENTS Community Events ............ 7

EXPLORE Local Parks....................... 11

COMMUNITIES

Lakes of Lacey.................. 13 Places to Explore............... 15 Breweries, Wineries & More.............................. 18

COMMUNITY Places to Stay................... 21 Sports Facilities................. 22

HISTORY

Academia Pages ............... 25

HISTORY History of Lacey ................ 27

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Situated on Washington’s beautiful Puget Sound at the western edge of the pristine Cascade Mountains, Lacey offers visitors the perfect opportunity to discover everything that makes the northwest so spectacular. Sparkling lakes, densely-forested parklands, championship fairways, miles of hiking and biking trails, and an adjoining 3,700-acre wildlife refuge make enjoying nature as convenient as it is exciting. Towering above it all, the unbelievable magnificence of Mt. Rainier.

WELCOME

- City of Lacey www.ci.lacey.wa.us

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We provide our residents with outdoor recreation, outstanding schools, a healthy economy, and close proximity to major metropolitan areas. Lacey is known as a family-, military-, and business-friendly city, it’s a place you want to call home.

Cynthia Pratt

Lenny Greenstein

Michael Steadman

Mayor

Councilmember

Deputy Mayor

Councilmember

Jason Hearn

Councilmember

Rachel Young

Councilmember

Carolyn Cox

Councilmember

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HISTORY

Andy Ryder

COMMUNITIES

OUR CITY COUNCIL


lacey: come and play! Lacey offers one of the finest Park Systems in the state: • 1,200 acres of Park land & Open Space • Miles of Walking & Biking Trails • Premier Regional Athletic Complex • Five Freshwater Lakes … and much more!

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Lacey Parks host many Community Events!

Visit: ci.lacey.wa.us/VisitParks ci.lacey.wa.us/ParkEvents


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EVENTS

SPECIAL EVENTS MAY LACEY S.T.E.M. FAIR MAY 4 • SATURDAY 10:00am - 3:00pm | Huntamer Park

FEBRURARY LACEY LOVES TO READ AUTHOR EVENT FEB. 21 • WEDNESDAY 7pm | River Ridge High School

MARCH LACEY’S CULTIRAL CELEBRATION MARCH 2 • SATURDAY 10:00am - 6:00pm | Saint Martin’s University

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LACEY SPRING FUN FAIR

JUNE RELAY FOR LIFE OF THURSTON COUNTY JUNE 21-22 • FRI. & SAT. Friday at 6:00pm - Saturday at 6pm Komachin Middle School

MAY 18-19 • SAT. & SUN. 10:00am - 6:00pm Saturday 11:00am - 5pm Sunday Saint Martin’s University

AMERICA’S CLASSIC JAZZ FESTIVAL JUNE 27-30 • WED. - SUN. More details see www.olyjazz.com


SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 7 • SATURDAY

1pm-10pm | The Hub at Lacey

JULY & AUGUST

LACEY FIREWORK SPECTACULAR JULY 3 • WEDNESDAY

4:00pm - 11:00pm | Rainier Vista Park

OKTOBERFEST BINGO SEPTEMBER 27 • FRIDAY

7:00 pm | Lacey Senior Center

LACEY IN TUNE SUMMER CONCERTS

FREE EVERY WEDNESDAY! JULY 10 - AUGUST 14

12:00pm - 1:00pm | Huntamer Park

LACEY IN TUNE MUSIC & MOVIES

FREE EVERY SATURDAY! JULY 10 - AUGUST 10

7:00pm - 8:30pm | Huntamer Park

PANORAMA PATIO SALE JULY • TBD.

Panorama Retirement Community

LACEY IN TUNE CHILDREN’S SOUTH SOUND BBQ ENTERTAINMENT FREE EVERY TUESDAY! JULY 9 - AUGUST 13

6:30pm | Huntamer Park

OCTOBER

LACEY CHILDREN’S DAY OCTOBER 5 • SATURDAY

11:00am-2:00pm | Huntamer Park Free Admission

NOVEMBER THE BEST RUMMAGE SALE ON THE PLANET

NOVEMBER 16 • SATURDAY

Lacey Senior Center

DECEMBER

FESTIVAL

LACEY LIGHTED VEHICLE PARADE

11:00am - 6:00pm | Huntamer Park

6:30pm

JULY 13 • SATURDAY

DECEMBER 2 • MONDAY

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BRATS, BREWS & BANDS


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Great Service in Your Neighborhood

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4207 Pacific Ave SE • Lacey, WA 98503 360-539-5909 Office • 360-539-1739 Fax

Social Social Media Media L O G O C LOOL GL O E CCTOI OL LN E C T I O N

676 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey WA, 98503 www.hubatlacey.events | Phone: 808-232-5006 Events Manager: Sarah Rollins | Email:sarah@mjrdevelopment.com

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PARKS

OVER 1,200 ACRES

LONG LAKE PARK

HUNTAMER PARK

Lacey has over 1,200 acres of municipal parkland and open space, a premier regional athletic complex, three indoor pools, and several community buildings. Lacey’s residents and visitors have a wide variety of recreational parkland.

Long Lake Park features one of the finest swimming beaches in Thurston County, as well as sand volleyball, parking, and restrooms. The 285 feet of beach frontage stands in contrast to the ten heavily-wooded acres that provide an evergreen entrance to the park site. The upland area has picnic facilities, grills, and pedestrian trails through the woods.

This downtown park is the site of numerous outdoor events throughout the year, including the Lacey in Tune Concert Series, Children’s Entertainment Series, South Sound BBQ Festival, Outdoor Cinema Series, S.T.E.M. Fair, and Children’s Day. It’s also a great picnic spot.

Address

Address 618 Woodland Square Loop SE Lacey, WA 98503

2790 Carpenter Rd SE Lacey, WA 98503

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TOLMIE STATE PARK This park contains 154-acres and features 1,800 feet of saltwater shoreline, picnic facilities, and 2.25 miles of walking trails. Located at Lacey’s northern border via Marvin Road NE. . Address 7730 61st Ave NE Olympia, WA 98506

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Photos by: Clair Ferris

RAINIER VISTA COMMUNITY PARK

NISQUALLY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

This 46-acre park is a high-activity site with 3 soccer fields, 3 baseball/ softball fields, tennis courts, sand volleyball, basketball, walkways, pickleball, picnic facilities, grills, rental picnic shelters, restrooms, and skate park for the beginner and intermediate participant.

This 3,700-acre nature preserve on the shores of Puget Sound and the Nisqually River delta is home to over 300 wildlife species and features an interpretive center, picnic areas, and 5 ½ miles of walking trails. Open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Address

100 Brown Farm Rd NE Olympia, WA 98516

5475 45th Ave SE Lacey, WA 98503

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LAKES

CHAMBERS LAKE

LONG LAKE

PATTISON LAKE

This shallow, weedy lake is open year around and offers good to fair fishing for naturally reproducing largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead catfish, and stocked channel catfish. It offers a great opportunity for “sitefishing�. The lake is accompanied by Chambers Lake park which is home to beautiful lily pads and lush greenery. Kayaking here is a natural favorite in the summer as well as the trail alongside the lake!

Long Lake features one of the finest swimming beaches in Thurston County, as well as sand volleyball and picnic tables. There is plenty of space to unpack and settle in for a day of fun in the sun. There are lifeguards on duty, a swimming area with a dock, grassy lounging areas, and onsite bathroom facilities.

This lake is the middle lake of the interconnected tri-lakes. Surprisingly located in a high urban growth area, coming out to a surface level of 265 acres. Although it expands over much land, the lake itself is shallow in depth. However, it is very popular for fishing and is stocked regularly with rainbow trout. Along with fishing, Pattison lake is popular for canoeing and kayaking!

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3. LACEY TIMBERLAND LIBRARY 500 College St SE Lacey, WA 98503

4. NISQUALLY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 100 Brown Farm Rd NE Olympia, WA 98516

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11. CHEHALIS WESTERN TRAILHEAD Lacey, Washington

12. REGIONAL ATHLETIC COMPLEX 8345 Steilacom Rd SE Olympia, WA 98513

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8343 Hogum Bay Ln NE Lacey, WA 98516

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2641 Willamette Dr NE, Ste E Lacey, WA 98516

2. SALISH SEA ORGANIC LIQUEURS 5. O’BLARNEY’S IRISH PUB 2641 Willamette Dr NE, Ste D Lacey, WA 98516

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7. MEDICINE CREEK WINERY 947 Old Pacific Hwy SE Olympia, WA 98513

8. SANDSTONE DISTILLERY 842 Wright Rd SE Tenino, WA 98589

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EATERIES EXPLORE

ENJOY LOCAL FLAVORS

Lacey and its surrounding communities offer a variety of restaurants, local wineries, breweries, and distilleries to experience. You can find almost any meal from around the world in our backyard. 1. RICARDO’S KITCHEN + BAR

A romantic, Italian-accented steakhouse with pastas, a broad wine list and more. Plus a patio! 676 Woodland Square Lp SE Lacey, WA 98503

2. O’BLARNEY’S IRISH PUB

Laid-back, family-friendly sports bar offering burgers and more. Plus, karaoke and games. 4411 Martin Way E Olympia, WA 98516

3. RIVER’S EDGE

This golf-course restaurant & sports bar offers upmarket American fare, daily happy hours and a patio. 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE Olympia, WA 98501

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4. BUDD BAY CAFE

Classic Northwest fish house on the waterfront with views of Budd Bay plus a Sunday seafood brunch. 525 Columbia St NW Olympia, WA 98501

5. DIRTY DAVE’S PIZZA PARLOR

Old-school pizzeria with red leather booths & a jocular vibe serving family-style Italian chow. 3939 Martin Way E Olympia, WA 98506

6. PELLEGRINOS ITALIAN KITCHEN Classic restaurant serving a pasta-centric menu, plus brunch, with gluten-free options available. 205 Cleveland Ave SE Olympia, WA 98501

7. FIRECREEK ALEHOUSE

Located on Capitol City Golf Club, Firecreek Alehouse offers a high quality dining experience in a casual and inviting atmosphere. 5225 Yelm Highway SE Lacey, WA 98503

8. FORZA EVENT & BISTRO

Cafe and drive-thru serving award winning coffee and a fresh variety of items on their menu. 130 Marvin Road SE Lacey, WA 98503

9. THRIVE NUTRITION

Smoothie and juice bar serving 40 flavors of protein shakes each with 24 grams of protein and 21 vitamins and nutrients! 720 Sleater Kinney Rd SE Lacey, WA 98503


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LODGING HOTEL

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CANDLEWOOD SUITES

4440 3rd Ave. SE, Lacey, WA 98503

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120 College St. SE, Lacey, WA 98503

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112 College St. SE, Lacey, WA 98503

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L A Q U I N TA I N N

4704 Park Center Ave. NE, Lacey, WA 98516

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4700 Park Center Ave. NE, Lacey, WA 98516

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D AY S I N N

8200 Quinault Dr. NE, Lacey, WA 98516

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8236 Quinault Dr. NE, Lacey, WA 98516

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SPORTS FACILITIES LOCATION L A K E P O I N T E PA R K

6400 Compton Blvd SE, Lacey, WA 98513

N O RT H T H U R S TO N H I G H SCHOOL

600 Sleater Kinney Road NE, Olympia, WA 98506-5241

R A I N I E R V I S TA PA R K

5475 45th Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503

R E G I O N A L AT H L E T I C COMPLEX

8345 Steilacoom Rd SE, Olympia, WA 98513

RIVER RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

350 River Ridge Dr SE, Olympia, WA 98513

S A I N T M A RT I N ’ S U N I V E R S I T Y TIMBERLINE HIGH SCHOOL

6120 Mullen Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503

W O N D E RW O O D PA R K

5304 32nd Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503

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SOUTH PUGET SOUND COMMUNITY COLLEGE At South Puget Sound Community College, we are committed to helping our students achieve the skills they need for the life they want. The pathway to that prosperous life may start at South Puget Sound then transfer to a four-year college or university. Or the path may take you through one of our professional-technical programs and directly into the workplace. Along the way, you will find creative and innovative faculty

and staff committed to excellence and to the successful completion of your education goals. You’ll learn in a respectful, inclusive environment, and you’ll find that our connections to our community will enrich your college experience. At the completion of your journey, we want you to leave us with the educational and professional skills that will help you thrive in the world beyond the classroom.

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Our new Lacey campus, located

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Colleges of Washington.

Reason, Service and Community.

Guided by the principles of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Saint Martin’s University endeavors to unite academic rigor and excellence with moral thought and social responsibility – higher education that seeks to serve and promote the common good – higher education that seeks to transform lives by grappling with issues of Faith,

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the country by Princeton Review, US News and World Report and Fiske Guide to Colleges. In addition to undergraduate education, Evergreen offers three graduate degrees: Master in Teaching, Master of Environmental Studies and Master of Public Administration,

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Transit Center, makes credit classes, professional training, entrepreneurial support and community education more accessible in the north Thurston County area.

4220 6th Avenue SE, Lacey, WA 98503 (360) 709-2000

SAINT MARTIN’S UNIVERSITY students, to form a community of individuals who are learning to live a meaningful life. To think with heart.

5000 Abbey Way SE Lacey, WA 98503 www.stmartin.edu

EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE The Evergreen State College in Olympia is a public four-year college nationally recognized for its distinctive interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts, strong academics and focus on undergraduate teaching. The college has been named one of the best in

governance concentration.

2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia, WA 98505 www.evergreen.edu

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Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Established in 1895 by monks of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, our identity as a university is rooted in our Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Saint Martin’s is a member of the Independent


HISTORY DID YOU KNOW?

HISTORY

For thousands of years, the Nisqually people lived in the South Puget Sound watershed which includes present-day Lacey, Olympia, and Tenino, and their lands reached all the way to Mount Rainier. The Nisqually were the sole inhabitants of this area until the 1840s. With the promise of adventure and free land, the first American settlers began to arrive in the Lacey area by way of the Oregon Trail in the late 1840s and 1850s. In 1894, the Medicine Creek treaty was signed on land that is now part of the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. The treaty transferred ownership of most of the tribal lands of many Washington tribes to the

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US government, who later gave or sold it to white settlers. As a result, the Nisqually and other tribes were pushed onto reservations. Descendants of the original tribes of this area still continue to live in, and are a vital part of, the community.

daredevil rides down high water chutes, the resort era came to a close after the Depression and World War II dried up revenues.

The beginnings of a cohesive community in Lacey started to form around 1891 with the arrival of the railroad. There was a store, hotel, post office, and racetrack. Saint Martin’s College followed in 1895 and quickly became an integral part of the community.  In 1909, the Union Mill Lumber Company on Long Lake had a devastating fire. When they rebuilt, it was the first completely electric mill in the United States.

In 1949, a fire district was established. Not long after, in 1953, several smaller districts combined to form the North Thurston School District. The first high school in Lacey was built as a result. This, combined with population growth due to the nearby capital and military base, made conditions in Lacey attractive to developers and businesses. By 1961, the Lacey Chamber of Commerce was formed. However, Lacey was not yet a city in its own right; in fact, many viewed it as a bedroom community to the nearby capital city.

By the 1920s, the Lacey community, with its natural beauty and attractive lakes, had become a resort town for vacationers in the region. There were at least 19 resorts on the lakes over the years. After years of camping, swimming, diving, and

In the 1960s, Olympia was growing rapidly, too. When land additions to Olympia began to encroach on the Lacey community, members of the fire and school districts started to worry about their tax base. Growth also meant the need


for water, sewer, traffic lights, and police protection was also growing. The only viable solution to these issues was to incorporate as a city. In 1966, after a political battle lasting several years, a successful election to incorporate Lacey as a city was won. Olympia would attempt one more annexation of Lacey in 1969, but that, too, failed and Lacey remained its own city. Lacey would finally come of age in 1973, when the government structure changed allowing a fulltime paid city manager to run the administration of the city instead of a part-time elected Mayor. 1973 was also the same year the first woman, Karen Fraser, joined the Council and would later become Lacey’s first female mayor.

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History Article Credit to Erin Quinn Valcho, Lacey Museum Curator Page 28 photo credit: Lacey Historical Museum

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