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Lake Olathe will soon receive an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant, fully accessible dock to provide fishing access primarily for the disabled and elderly population. Lake Olathe has scenic but difficult terrain for people with disabilities. The new dock, made possible by a $39,000 Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Community Fisheries Assistance Program grant, will help overcome that barrier.
The dock will include a ten foot by 30 foot fishing platform with an extra-wide bridge extending 40 feet from shore. An ADA-compliant slotted handrail will surround the full perimeter of the dock. In addition, access from the parking area to the dock location will be ADA compliant.
According to Park Services Manager Paul Krueger, the dock is planned for an area of the lake suitable for catching fish. “The City of Olathe is committed to providing quality recreational activities for all residents. Lake Olathe has long been a popular fishing destination in the area. We are thrilled to add amenities to better accommodate residents who may not otherwise get to enjoy the sport of fishing and all that our parks have to offer,” Krueger said.
Lake Olathe, constructed in the mid-1950s, is a 170-acre lake open to fishing and boating in compliance with state and local regulations and licensing requirements. Lake Olathe is stocked annually with channel catfish. Other species in the lake include crappie, bluegill, bass, and saugeye. Other lake amenities include a boat ramp, picnic shelter houses and a playground.