“It’s the water.”
It’s a tagline South Sound residents know all too well as the motto of the famed Olympia Brewing Company in Tumwater. Recently, however, this tagline will serve as the motto for a newly renamed park.
The Olympia Tumwater Foundation recently announced it had changed the name of its Tumwater Falls Park.
The new name, Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls is a nod to the contributions of the Olympia Brewing Company and its founding family, the Schmidts, who donated the land and financed construction.
“This is an opportune time for a name change, coinciding with the ‘craft brewing’ initiative by the City of Tumwater and the current refurbishment of the historic Old Brewhouse,” Olympia Tumwater Foundation Executive Director John Freedman said in a statement. “It is fitting that the new name honors the legacy of the Schmidt family, which has been so important to the well being of this area.”
The falls have been a popular destination since the mid-19th century, drawing more than 250,000 visitors each year. Brewery Park at Tumwater Fall is not a state or city funded recreation area, rather it is maintained and operated by the nonprofit, Olympia Tumwater Foundation.