Joy Avenue Pathway

Joy Ave Pathway Dedication

Thank you to everyone who helped dedicate the pathway and garden in June, 2013!  Above: Peter Guttchen (L) and Mike Dexel (R) unveiling the Joy Ave Interpretive Sign. .
Pictured above, clockwise from the top left: John Abbot, Jack Horton, Chuck Schultz, one of the ‘kids’, Mark Lally, Aidan Lally, Peter Guttchen, Fergus Fuess watching Retro and Ding Dong (baby goats)and a mom & daughter watching the grazing goats nibble on blackberry bushes

Your neighbors have turned an empty lot into a beautiful walking path and garden!

Key Project Proposals

* Build a 6 foot wide gravel path connecting Bethel Street NE to Tullis Street NE along the Joy Avenue right of way.

* Bring in goats (yes goats!) from Rick Mansfield and his “kids” to eradicate the blackberries.

* Remove dead wood and trash from the site.

* Install new native plants/trees.

Your Northeast Neighborhood Association (NENA) has partnered with the City of Olympia over the last ten years to dramatically improve the walkability of our neighborhood. This has helped us make significant progress toward realizing the City’s community mobility goals and NENA’s vision of transforming our neighborhood into a beautiful and safe place for folks to get active and stay connected.

With the help of a generous grant from the City of Olympia’s matching grant program, we are transforming this overgrown city-owned property into a functional connector pathway and safe walking route between Quince Street (a key feeder street for Reeves Middle School), and Bethel Street (a key feeder street for Roosevelt School). This path will encourage students to walk to school and provide a new option for folks to get around our neighborhood easier and safer. Expected completion: November 2011

We Need Your Help!

This project is heavily reliant on people like you to pitch in and make this path a reality. While the city has provided funding for pathway materials and such, the labor is 100% volunteer efforts from the very people that you call your neighbors. Please join us for a Saturday morning or afternoon this summer and help make this pathway a reality. Check back regularly to learn about upcoming work parties or visit our kiosk at the SF Bakery.

If you have any comments or wish to provide feedback on our planting plan for this site, please email Mike Dexel, NENA President, at

Click this link to see the front page article from The Olympian that appeared July 5, 2011:

To stay informed about this project, you can join the Joy Ave. Pathway Google Group at


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