Olympia waterfront

By Washington, Our Home|February 21, 2010|Puget Sound, Western Washington|0 comments

Took Parker to the Olympia waterfront today to see all the boats. He had a great time. It’s an amazing place to visit if you’ve never been there. A nice boardwalk takes you from downtown Olympia all the way up the marina to the port.

First we spent some time at the playground, which is both fun and anxiety-inducing at the same time. The park was populated with families, vagrants and drug-addled weirdos, and I certainly didn’t feel like I could take my eye off Parker even for a second. Eventually, the paranoia got to me and we left the playground and headed up the boardwalk. That’s Olympia for you.

Lots of dogs and couples strolling the boardwalk on this beautiful day, but about every fourth encounter was a dangerous-looking individual. And without any police presence to speak of, one does get a sense that the balance of safety on the waterfront is precarious at best. If one of the weirdos were to grab a kid and run off, I seriously doubt there’s anything anyone could do about it.

Parker on the Olympia beach

After walking up the Olympia boardwalk, Parker and I stopped to throw rocks in the water.

It makes me wish that such a beautiful area like the southern tip of the Puget Sound had a benefactor or investment group that could clean up and redevelop the marina district. I’ve often said that when I win that $250 million in the Powerball drawing, I’m going to buy up as much property as I can in downtown Olympia and make it a better place to live, work and shop.

There are too many empty lots and abandoned buildings in the marina district. They should be developed into multi-use facilities like storefronts and restaurants on the bottom two floors, with condos overlooking the waterfront above them. Henderson, Nevada, has an area known as The District which would work wonderfully in downtown Olympia.

Downtown Olympia could also benefit from removing the street parking so busses and semi-trucks could pass through without taking up two lanes. Doing so would require a few multi-story parking garages. Once the place is renovated and reputable anchor tenants are brought in, an increase in police presence would ensure the seedy loiterers were kept to a minimum, probably around coffee shops, internet cafes and the bus depot.

Olympia has some beautiful scenery if you can rise above the fray and see it for its natural wonder. Perhaps by the time Parker is older, the wrinkles in this city will have been ironed out.

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About Washington, Our Home

My name is Erich R. Ebel. I was born in Spokane and moved to Colville, Bothell, Tacoma, and back to Spokane again, all before I was 14. I attended Washington State University in Pullman, graduated and moved back to Spokane. In 2000, I enlisted in the United State Army Reserve and spent six months at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Then it was back to Spokane. After six years, it was time to get out and see the world. And what better place to start than Las Vegas, Nevada!

I met my beautiful wife while working at KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, and after three years of suffering in the extreme heat and undeniably long nights, we were called back to Washington State. Landing first in Lakewood, we suffered for a year in an uncomfortably old and small apartment before a shooting and a kidnapping in our complex strongly urged us to leave town. After relocating to Lacey, we have now settled and spend as much time as we can exploring the fine facets of this beautiful state. From Tenino to Tonasket, Brewster to Blaine and Vader to Vancouver, I have enjoyed every moment of this great state.


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