The West Central Park Neighborhood Center is a community space located on the west side of Olympia, WA between Harrison Avenue, Cushing Street, and Division Street. We’re home to the Marie Bed & Breakfast, Phoebe’s Pastry Cafe on Division, The Park Side Cafe, The Rolling Pin kitchen shop, the West Central Park Project, and the future site of several other locally owned retail and community spaces.

The vision for the West Central Park Neighborhood Center is a walkable, vibrant retail center. Ms. Elliott, the founder and CEO, is now in the process of restoring seven of the properties one by one. Her goal is to create a unique and local shopping experience that borders a community park and is completely served by wide sidewalks leading to low density neighborhoods all around, along with a high frequency local transit line. When the West Central Park Neighborhood Center is complete, it will be a community centered, pedestrian and bike friendly retail shopping and dining experience for the surrounding neighbors. Situated near many single family homes, the WCPNC affords local residents a unique opportunity to gather and to get to know each other better, simply by walking a few blocks.

Visitor Information

We’re Located between Harrison Avenue + Cushing Street + Division Street in Northwest, Olympia, WA 98502

The park portion of the block, The West Central Park Project, is open to the public seven days a week, year round. Hours of individual businesses vary per location. Please visit the individual business pages for more details about specific business hours. And be sure to follow our blog for updates on future projects on the block!

Directions driving south (Seattle International Airport)

  • Take the WA-518 from the Airport Expressway
  • Merge onto I-5 South
  • Follow I-5 to exit 104 (US 101 N Aberdeen/Port Angeles)
  • Take second exit (Black Lake Blvd) and turn right
  • In 1 mile, turn right onto 4th Ave W
  • Parking is available behind Phoebe’s Pastry Cafe on Division or on Cushing street

Directions driving north (Portland International Airport)

  • Take I-205 north from NE Airport Way
  • Merge onto I-5 North
  • Follow I-5 to exit 104 (US 101 N Aberdeen/Port Angeles)
  • Take second exit (Black Lake Blvd) and turn right
  • In 1 mile, turn right onto 4th Ave W.
  • Parking is available behind Phoebe’s Pastry Cafe on Division or on Cushing street

Parking at The Center

One of our goals at the WCPNC is to work collaboratively as a block to create a green, walkable space that is focused on sustainable practices while serving the surrounding community. For this reason we have chosen not to provide an extensive amount of parking spaces in order to support this unified vision. We do have a shared parking lot for all our businesses located behind Phoebe’s Pastry Café on Division, which you can enter via 4th avenue. Public roadside parking is available as well along Cushing Street. We also provide an additional ADA accessible space directly next to the Park Side Café building. However, we strongly encourage our guests to explore alternative means of transportation as much as possible and help support us in our sustainability efforts. The Center is located directly on the 41 and 48 bus lines and we provide a covered bicycle lock area next to the bus stop. Our employees also stand in support by using alternative transportation as much as possible to get to and from work!

Our History

Between 1869, when the first bridge connecting Olympia’s Downtown to it’s West Side was built, and 1997, when Rowland Lumber Company was demolished, the history reports of what went on at the Harrison and Division corner are vague. Local residents say that Rowland was built in 1926 and operated until the early 1980’s when it finally shut it’s doors. It’s next resident, a local business called The Treasure Chest, set up shop in the building until 1985 when the building was finally abandoned once and for all. The empty building caught fire in 1997 and the remaining dismal appearance caused the city to help fund it’s demolition in September of that year.

Soon after demolition was completed, the property was purchased by a local Olympia resident who made several attempts to sell the property commercially over the next 16 years to several major gas station and convenience store developers. However, the attempted sales received harsh criticism from the local community and the project was finally abandoned in mid November 2012, leaving the property up for sale again. Finally on December 3, 2012, the vacant corner lot was purchased once and for all to make way for the West Central Park Project and the future home of the West Central Park Neighborhood Center.

Moving forward, the new vision for this block is to create a vibrant neighborhood space that is welcoming to all and fosters a strong sense of local community. As we move ahead with new projects, ongoing meetings with both city officials and concerned neighbors are allowing for a slow, phased development. The WCPNC welcomes commentary and participation from the community and the city on all levels of this project’s development. For more information or to share your questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact us!