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Recently, Olathe resident A.T. Holcomb approached the City with an idea, to build a community rose garden. City staff recognized it as a great opportunity, but due to the current economic situation, knew they could not do it alone.
Through a partnership with the Olathe Garden and Civic Club, the Olathe North High School 21st Century Landscape Program and Cub Scout Pack 3387, the "Rose Depot" is being created at Calamity Line Park located at 901 West Santa Fe. The park is based on a railroad theme celebrating the Calamity Line Railroad.
The Olathe Garden and Civic Club has helped with design elements and is contributing with planting and growing roses. Olathe North High School students are helping install the irrigation line, and Cub Scout Pack 3387 will help mulch and lay sod on April 18th. The pack adopted Calamity Line Park through the City's Adopt-a-Park program in 2003.
Work on the garden will be ongoing. Infrastructure should be completed this season with a partial planting. In the coming seasons, full plantings will be in place in later seasons. Currently, donations are being solicited to purchase roses and landscape elements such as benches and trellises. Donations can be made to Olathe Parks and Recreation at PO Box 768, Olathe, KS 66051. Or, call Teresa Wilson at (913) 971-6479.
Residents can watch the Rose Depot grow and track progress at Olathe Parks and Recreation Department or on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Olathe-KS/City-of-Olathe-Parks-and-Recreation-Department/50685711467.