Project Updates & History
Fall 2019 - Construction Begins
Construction began in September and you can already see the amphitheater style seating taking shape!
The main project site is a triangle shaped plot directly across the street from the Rochester Community Park and Garden.
Fall 2017 - Project Design Begins
In 2017, Thurston County government asked members of the Rochester community to identify the location of stormwater flooding and standing water problem areas in their community. Those locations were added to this Rochester stormwater points map, which shows a purple triangle representing where the Albany Street Stormwater Pond will be located. Community members also provided their preferences about pond designs and features.
A design incorporating a Mima Mound theme (favored by 51% of survey respondents) was explored, but engineers discovered high maintenance costs for this approach. The County was able to incorporate many of the features desired by the community, such as a natural pond look (favored by 78% of survey respondents), walking path (favored by 75%), and seating on slopes similar to an amphitheater (favored by 22%).
After reviewing community feedback, and conducting a thorough engineering analysis of the site, a concept for the pond was finalized to include as many desired community amenities as possible.