“Philosopher” Comes to LBA Woods


Great news from the Olympia Arts Commission!

At the July 13, 2017 meeting of the Olympia Arts Commission, Commissioners reviewed the proposed gift of artist Kevin Au’s Philosopher (above), a steel sculpture that was part of the 2016 Percival Plinth Project. It has been the recent practice of the Arts Commission to place Percival Plinth competition winners in public spaces–often parks.

The Commission recommended placement at LBA Park, just outside the entrance to the LBA Woods, pairing the organic feeling of the work to the natural surroundings of the site. City Manager Steve Hall accepted the proposal on August 1. We will post more information about the installation of this sculpture in the coming weeks.

“Philosopher” by Kevin Au will be placed at the east entrance of the LBA Woods (as shown in this mock-up. Larger image coming soon!)

Says Au of his work: My sculptures are made with sheet metal. So far, I have utilized steel, stainless steel, galvanized steel, and aluminum. I would characterize my works as modern abstract organic. I like to keep the lines simple and fluid. I use computer 3D drafting to design the sculptures and develop patterns from it. The patterns are then transferred to metal, assembled, welded, grinded, and finished. Click here for more information on sculptor Kevin Au.

Thank you Dr. Au, Olympia Arts Commission, OPARD, and Steve Hall for bringing this beautiful artwork into the park. It will set just the right tone for a contemplative walk in the woods or a twisting and turning ramble on the woodland trails.

Work Party #3 on December 10


Please join the Friends of LBA Woods on Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to continue our stunningly effective work removing invasive Scotsbroom and Himalayan blackberry.

Volunteers at our last two work parties cleared huge areas of these weeds from along the trails just inside the eastside entrance. Park visitors are noticing the difference and I am sure the native trees are evapo-transpiring sighs of relief!

From the eastern parking lot in LBA Park (3333 Morse-Merryman Rd. SE), just follow the mulched path to the gate into the woods. Signs will be posted and volunteers will be on hand to show you the way.

Everyone is welcome! Tools, gloves, snacks, tool-free tasks, rest breaks, camaraderie, and fun are all provided. Drop in when you can, stay as long as you like (but please sign in/check in first). You must wear close-toed shoes to work!

Children under 13 are most welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Unaccompanied minors 14-17 must have a waiver signed a parent or guardian. We will have waivers on hand, but you can fill one out in advance here: Click on the “Waiver and Medical Alert” tab on the left.


Scotsbroom Be Gone!

This event is sponsored by The Friends of LBA Woods stewardship group and the City of Olympia Parks Stewardship staff.


City Moves to Buy Bentridge


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The Olympia City Council will be voting on an option to buy the remaining 72 acres of the LBA Woods, the parcel known as “Bentridge” (after the housing development that was planned there). The acquisition would mean the LBA Woods will be the second largest city park in Olympia (after Priest Point Park).

Here is the article from today’s Olympian with the details.

This means our campaign to save the LBA Woods has been victorious! Thanks to everyone who has worked on this campaign over the past several years–to those who first imagined this public park, to the petition signers, public-comment speakers, letter writers, yard-sign posters, yard-sign wavers, Facebook likers, public outreachers, development-plat scrutinizers, nature lovers, dog walkers, bird watchers, Loraxes, tree-huggers–all!

MembersThe LBA Woods Park Coalition leadership team met with City staff on Thursday for a undisclosed “good news” and were happily, blissfully surprised when Parks Director Paul Simmons announced that the option to purchase Bentridge was going before City Council on Tuesday (September 26). Unbeknownst to the leadership team, Simmons and others had been working behind the scenes for the past several months to negotiate with the owners of the Bentridge parcel (the Dawley family) for purchase of the property and to present terms agreeable to the City Council.

The 72-acre parcel will include 59 acres of parkland, 10 acres for potential multi-family housing and/or neighborhood-oriented commercial development, and 5 acres for future Log Cabin Road extension. This plan helps the City meet goals of the City’s current Parks Plan, Comprehensive Plan, and Transportation Improvement Plan–a “trifecta” for Olympia’s future.

We are are thrilled beyond belief and grateful beyond words!

Join the leadership team at Tuesday night’s 7 p.m. City Council meeting for the Big Vote!