Olathe News Briefs

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2010

This Edition of E-News
• Olathe One of America’s Fastest Growing in Last Decade
• Lone Elm Interchange Set to Open Thursday
• Olathe Library Outreach Program
• 4th of July Fireworks|
• Mahaffie Holiday Events

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session meeting. Regular session meetings are broadcast live on OGTN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). The complete agenda for this meeting will be posted on Friday, July 2nd on the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


Olathe One of America’s Fastest Growing Cities over Past Decade
Released 6/28/10

Cities like Port St. Lucie, Florida, North Las Vegas, Nevada, or Chandler, Arizona come to mind when considering the nation’s fastest growing cities over the past decade, but Olathe, Kansas?

According to United States Census Bureau, Olathe, Kansas was one of the America’s fastest growing cities during the 2000 decade. According to the Bureau’s recently released 2009 Population Estimates, Olathe grew by 31% between April 1, 2000 and July 1, 2009 making it the nation’s 29th fastest growing city with a population of 100,000 or more.

The estimates showed Olathe as the 2nd fastest growing city in the Midwest only behind Joliet, Illinois and one of only four Midwestern cities ranking in the top 50. Nearly all other cities in the top 50 are in the sunbelt areas of the Southwest (California, Texas) or the Southeast (Florida, North Carolina).

The estimates showed Olathe growing from 93,092 in 2000 to 121,926 in mid 2009. City estimates peg Olathe’s population over 125,000 today.


Lone Elm Interchange Set to Open Thursday
Released 6/28/10

The City of Olathe’s new interchange at Lone Elm Road and I-35 in southern Olathe is planned to fully open on Thursday, July 1st. The $67 million project includes two new bridges over I-35, one at Lone Elm Road and the other at 159th Street, as well as access and exit ramps connected to the interstate.

The project is already credited with helping create hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in economic investment. New investments include the SMH facility, the PacSun distribution center, the Tyson Foods distribution center and the region’s largest speculative warehouse.

The project was primarily funded by City of Olathe and through the assistance of Olathe’s Congressional delegation, Senators Brownback and Roberts and Congressman Moore. Additional funding was provided by the State of Kansas and Johnson County.


Olathe Public Library Begins New Outreach Program
Released 6/28/10

Many children in Olathe are unable to visit the library, an activity vital to maintaining their reading skills during the summer. The Olathe Public Library is responding to that need by creating a program entirely funded by donations. The library has converted its older courier van into a makeshift bookmobile that will travel to four Title 1 schools where the need is greatest. The bookmobile will visit two schools each week, alternating weeks during June and July.

Children who visit the bookmobile will not only be able to borrow books but also participate in the Summer Reading Club. The van has a bright new look, thanks to generous donations from the Friends of the Olathe Public Library and the Olathe Public Library Foundation. Thanks go to library employee Gregg Armstrong who designed the new look and to Lettersmith & Company of Parkville, Missouri, who applied the graphic to the van. The Olathe School District is partnering with the library to promote the program and is permitting the bookmobile to make visits on school grounds.

The bookmobile is being supplied with financial donations from civic-minded individuals, and local organizations, including the Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club, Olathe Noon Optimist Club and Scarborough PTO. The City of Olathe has provided a gas card as well. Donations of gently used, children’s paperback books are being accepted at both library locations, and the Friends of the Olathe Public Library and Sunnyside Elementary School staff have already responded to the request. “The community response has been wonderful thus far,” said Kate Capps, the library’s school liaison. “We expect the program to be successful and hope to expand it in coming years.”


Celebrate July 4th With Olathe’s Fireworks Display
Released 6/28/10

The City of Olathe’s Fourth of July Fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th at the Great Mall of the Great Plains. The display is anticipated to last between 15 and 20 minutes. In the event of rain, the display will be held on July 5th.


Celebrate Freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site
Released 6/28/10

Come celebrate freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., in Olathe. The historic site will be open with special activities Thursday, July 1st and Saturday, July 3rd.

Enjoy 19th Century fireworks and an Olathe Civic Band concert 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1st. The Olathe Civic Band will perform a patriotic concert beginning at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Gum Springs Serenaders. The 19th Century fireworks display by the Olathe Fire Department will begin at dark. Plus, show American pride and bring your decorated bike, stroller or wagon. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. Admission is free; a fee will be charged for special activities such as stagecoach rides. Pie, ice cream and lemonade will be available for purchase.

Mahaffie will celebrate Independence Day 19th Century Style with their annual event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 3rd. Join in the historic activities including the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by the traditional firing of the cannon at noon. The annual 19th Century baseball game will start at 2:00 p.m. and feature a competition between Mahaffie’s stagecoach drivers and a local team made-up of Olathe North High School alumni. Enjoy live music by the Gum Springs Serenaders from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free, but a fee will be charged for special activities such as stagecoach rides. Pie, ice cream, lemonade and root beer will be available for purchase.

On Sunday, July 4th, before heading out for evening activities, visit the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop. The historic site will be open regular hours, noon to 4:00 p.m. with stagecoach rides and living history interpretation focusing on 1860s recreation activities.


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For Immediate ReleaseJune 21, 2010

 

 

This Edition of E-News
• As Budget Moves Forward, Residents Are Encouraged to Get Involved
• Independence Day Weekend Activities at Mahaffie
• Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing Reminder

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session meeting. Regular session meetings are broadcast live on OGTN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). The complete agenda for this meeting will be posted on Friday, July 2nd on the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


Budget Season Getting Into Full Swing
Released 6/21/10

City of Olathe staff is continuing the process of developing the city manager’s proposed 2011 budget, and it is currently scheduled to be presented to the City Council during their Tuesday, July 6th meeting.

Though the City has made significant spending reductions and budget cuts over the course of the last three years, resident satisfaction with City services has remained high, largely due to residents’ willingness to share their priorities, thoughts and ideas about how their tax dollars should be spent.

All indications point to another very challenging budget year; and it is anticipated the proposed 2011 budget will again include cuts and reductions. To help ensure the City continues applying its limited resources to areas residents feel most important, the City is again encouraging residents to be involved and engaged in the budget process. The City strives to make sure budget information is easily accessible and available and there are a number of convenient ways to follow and engage in the process.

The public is encouraged to attend the budget presentation on July 6th, attend public hearings, contact their Council Members, visit the interactive section of the website, or simply email the City at Budget. In addition, updated and timely information about the budget process is available on the budget office’s Facebook page and on Twitter for fans and/or subscribers.


Celebrate Freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site
Released 6/21/10

Come celebrate freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., in Olathe. The historic site will be open with special activities Thursday, July 1st and Saturday, July 3rd.

Enjoy 19th Century fireworks and an Olathe Civic Band concert 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1st. The Olathe Civic Band will perform a patriotic concert beginning at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Gum Springs Serenaders. The 19th Century fireworks display by the Olathe Fire Department will begin at dark. Plus, show American pride and bring your decorated bike, stroller or wagon. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. Admission is free; a fee will be charged for special activities such as stagecoach rides. Pie, ice cream and lemonade will be available for purchase.

Mahaffie will celebrate Independence Day 19th Century Style with their annual event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 3rd. Join in the historic activities including the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by the traditional firing of the cannon at noon. The annual 19th Century baseball game will start at 2:00 p.m. and feature a competition between Mahaffie’s stagecoach drivers and a local team made-up of Olathe North High School alumni. Enjoy live music by the Gum Springs Serenaders from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free, but a fee will be charged for special activities such as stagecoach rides. Pie, ice cream, lemonade and root beer will be available for purchase.

On Sunday, July 4th, before heading out for evening activities, visit the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop. The historic site will be open regular hours, noon to 4:00 p.m. with stagecoach rides and living history interpretation focusing on 1860s recreation activities.


Comprehensive Plan Public Hearings
Released 6/21/10

The City of Olathe’s Comprehensive Plan is a roadmap that plays a major role in how the community will develop in newer areas and redevelop in others, and it influences policies and decisions that have a direct bearing on the city’s quality of life. The City of Olathe is completing the process of updating that plan, and public participation has been a critical component to ensure the plan reflects community priorities. However, there are still opportunities for the public to provide input.

Over the past eighteen months, citizens have offered their ideas and input at public events and festivals, visioning sessions and workshops, meetings with civic and social organizations, neighborhood groups, community groups, homeowner associations, school PTO's and numerous other venues. Public Hearings at the Planning Commission and City Council represent the final opportunity for citizen input prior to the adoption of the updated Comprehensive Plan.

The City of Olathe Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed update on Monday, June 28 at 7:00 pm at Olathe City Hall (100 East Santa Fe Street).

Following the Planning Commission public hearing, the City Council will consider final adoption of the Comprehensive Plan at a City Council public hearing. Additional notice will be provided when a date for the City Council public hearing is scheduled.

The latest draft Olathe Comprehensive Plan is available online at http://www.planolathe.com.  For more information about the Comprehensive Plan or the update process, to provide comment or request a copy of the draft plan, contact the Development Services Department at 913-971-8750.


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For Immediate Release
June 14, 2010

This Edition of E-News
• Downtown Outdoor Sculptures in Place
• June 15th Last Day to Vote for Mahaffie as an 8th Wonder of Kansas
• Mahaffie Events and Civic Band Concert

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session meeting. Regular session meetings are broadcast live on OGTN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


2010 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Place
Released 6/14/10

Exhibits for the 2010 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit are now in place. Now in its sixth year, the exhibit displays sculptures on-loan from artists throughout the Midwest that are rotated annually throughout Olathe’s Original Core area. This year’s exhibit includes eight displays from artists in four states. The pieces were selected by a panel including Robert A. Powell, founder and Executive Director of the Portfolio Gallery and Educational Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

This year’s pieces include: The Red Head, by Conrad Snider of Newton, Kansas located inside City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe; Rockslide by Robert Lamberson of Dannebrog, Nebraska located in front of City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe; Half Moon Rising by Stephen Janesko of Tonganoxie, Kansas located on the northeast corner of Santa Fe & Kansas Ave.; Day Blind Stars by Kristin Garnant of Camanche, Iowa located on the northwest corner of Santa Fe & Kansas; Dire Enticement by Beth Nybeck of Cedar Falls, Iowa located on the northeast corner of Chestnut & Poplar; Metamorphosis by Mary Jane Lamberson or Dannebrog, Nebraska located on the southeast corner of Santa Fe & Water; 1300 RBSL by Daniel Munson of Hays, Kansas located on the northeast corner of Park & Cherry; and Prayer Booth by Dylan Mortimer of Kansas City, Missouri located near the pedestrian walkway between the City’s Municipal Building and the City Parking Garage.

Maps, photographs and information about each sculpture is available on the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org in the Parks and Recreation section.


Voting Ends Tomorrow at Midnight for 8 Wonders Contest
Released 6/14/10

On April 22, the Kansas Sampler Foundation announced that the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is one of 24 finalists for the “8 Wonders of Kansas History” contest. Mahaffie was one of 170 historic sites nominated and is the only historic site in Johnson County to be named a finalist.

To vote for Mahaffie, visit http://www.kansassampler.org/8wonders/. Voters will be asked to select eight historic sites and may vote three times per email address. Paper ballots also can be downloaded at the same website and mailed or faxed to the Kansas Sampler offices.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site is the only working stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail. The site gives visitors a taste of life on an 1860’s farm with hands-on activities year-round. Depending on the time of year, visitors can help plant and harvest crops, do laundry, ride the stagecoach, learn about children’s games, weed the garden, watch a blacksmith at work, cook on the cook stove or make butter or soap.

This program is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes Kansas and Kansas’ heritage. Criteria requires that a nomination represent significant history as well as give the public something of visual magnitude to see. The contest purpose is to educate the world about Kansas and to encourage travel in the state. The history contest is one in a series organized by the Kansas Sampler Foundation.


Free Thursday Night Event Highlights Historic Trails; Civic Band Concert Rescheduled
Released 6/14/10

Olathe’s Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., is open from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday nights in June and July with different themed activities each week. Activities Thursday, June 17 will highlight the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails. Activities will include trail-side cooking, gold panning, pen and ink journaling, 19th Century children’s games and stagecoach rides. Admission is free; a fee will be charged for gold panning, journaling and stagecoach rides.

Due to severe weather, the June 8 Family Fun Night was canceled and will not be rescheduled. Join the Olathe Civic Band for a performance at the 19th Century Fireworks event from 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1st. Admission to the event is free; a fee will be charged for some activities including stagecoach rides.


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For Immediate Release
June 7, 2010

This Edition of E-News
• Council Study Session at Mahaffie Heritage Center
• Public Hearings for Comprehensive Plan Update Set
• Olathe Court Accepting Online Payment for Traffic Tickets
• Olathe Public Library Book Sale
• Both Bridges at Lone Elm/I-35 Interchange Now Open to Traffic
• Mahaffie Activities for Family
• Library and Literacy Program Receive Support

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Mahaffie Heritage Center on Kansas City Road for a study session meeting. Prior to the meeting, the Council will help kick off an Olathe Civic Band concert at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm and participate in a reception with the site’s board. The meeting’s complete agenda is available on the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


Public Hearings for the City of Olathe’s Comprehensive Plan Update to Begin
Released 6/7/10

The City of Olathe’s Comprehensive Plan is a roadmap that plays a major role in how the community will develop in newer areas and redevelop in others, and it influences policies and decisions that have a direct bearing on the city’s quality of life. The City of Olathe is completing the process of updating that plan, and public participation has been a critical component to ensure the plan reflects community priorities. However, there are still opportunities for the public to provide input.

The City of Olathe Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed update on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm at Olathe City Hall (100 East Santa Fe St).

Over the past eighteen months, citizens have offered their ideas and input at public events and festivals, visioning sessions and workshops, meetings with civic and social organizations, neighborhood groups, community groups, homeowner associations, school PTO's and numerous other venues. Public Hearings at the Planning Commission and City Council represent the final opportunity for citizen input prior to the adoption of the updated Comprehensive Plan.

Following the Planning Commission public hearing, the City Council will consider final adoption of the Comprehensive Plan at a City Council public hearing. Additional notice will be provided when a date for the City Council public hearing is scheduled.

The latest draft Olathe Comprehensive Plan is available online at http://www.planolathe.com. For more information about the Comprehensive Plan or the update process, to provide comment, or request a copy of the draft plan, contact the Development Services Department at 913-971-8750.


Traffic Ticket Payment Now Accepted Online or by Phone
Released 6/7/10

The Olathe Municipal Court is now accepting payments for eligible traffic citations online at www.OlatheKs.org/tickets or by calling (800) 701-8560. The new options are available 24-hours per day and seven-days per week.

Only citations issued by the Olathe Police Department that include a fine amount are eligible for online payment and may be paid after five working days following issuance. In addition, citations marked with a “CA” (court appearance), or are a result of an accident must be addressed in person. Partial payments can only be made with the prior approval from the judge after a court appearance.

To pay online, a ticket number, court date, fine amount and valid email address are required, and ticket information is available by calling the Municipal Court Clerk at (913) 971-6393.

Anyone paying citations online must acknowledge the following: you are the defendant and you are pleading Guilty or No Contest to the charges on your ticket; you will be found Guilty of the charges; a processing fee will be added to your fine to cover the costs of online payment, but the full charge amount will be shared prior to submitting payment; fines and fees will be credited to your ticket after your payment is processed, and the Olathe Municipal Court reserves the right to decline online payment of any citation.

The City is using a third party vendor, nCourt, to provide this service.


Celebrate Reading Book Sale
Released 6/7/10

The Friends of the Olathe Public Library is sponsoring a used book sale from noon to 5:00 p.m. on June 11th and from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 12th at the Indian Creek Branch Library located at 12990 South Black Bob Road.

The sale includes books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, videos, cassettes and children’s books. In addition to purchasing materials individually, participants can take part in the “Five Bucks A Bag” sale from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. by purchasing a plastic bag at the door for $5 to be filled with materials. In addition if two bags are purchased, a third is free.

The sale will close early if the material section is sold out or becomes too low. Due to space limitations, patrons are asked not to bring strollers.

For more information, contact Rita J. Patterson at 971-6879.


I-35/Lone Elm Interchange Bridges Now Open to Traffic
Released 6/7/10

Both bridges (Lone Elm Road and 159th Street) constructed as part of the City’s new Lone Elm/I-35 interchange project are now open to traffic over I-35.

The project’s only remaining major components under construction are the interchange ramps allowing traffic to exit and access I-35. They are slated to open on July 1st or 2nd.

The $67 million project is being constructed with an eye toward new economic development and job creation. It is already credited with helping create nearly 1,000 jobs and tens of millions of dollars in investment in south Olathe. That activity is expected to continue well into the future, and the City anticipates some 5,000 new jobs will eventually result.


Plenty of Family Activities at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm this Week
Released 6/7/10

Summer activities kick into high gear this week at Olathe’s Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd. In addition to interpretive programming and stagecoach rides offered Wednesday through Sunday, the week of June 7 features free family events and kicks off the site’s summer camp program.

Join the Olathe Civic Band at Mahaffie for the annual Family Fun Night Tuesday, June 8th. Activities begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Olathe Civic Band performing at 7:00 p.m. Children's music, 19th century games, and stagecoach rides are also planned. Olathe City Council members will hand-out frozen treats prior to the band performance. Admission to the event is free, but special activities like stagecoach rides are $2 per person, ages 3 and up.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm also will be open late with free admission Thursday nights in June and July. The site will be open from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a different theme each week: June 3rd and July 22nd for 19th Century Farming; June 10th and July 8th for Civil War; June 17th and July 15th for Hit the Trail; and June 24th and July 29th for Kansas Cowboys.

June 7 also kicks off the site’s summer history camp series with Welcome to the Old West camp for kids entering 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. Additional summer camps include Civil War on the Border for 5th and 6th grades and Victorian Science Camp for 6th and 7th grades. Camps will run Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with structured camp activities from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with free play before and after camp. Extended camp hours are optional. Registration is due the Friday before the camp week begins. Register online or get more information at www.mahaffie.org. For questions, call 913-971-5111.


Olathe Library and Mayor’s Reading Initiative Receive Continued Support
Released 6/7/10

OLATHE READS, a partnership formed by the City of Olathe, Olathe District Schools, and the Olathe Public Library to promote the value and importance of reading, has been awarded an additional $10,000 literacy grant by the Comcast Foundation. The grant will be used to fund the continued expansion and promotion of the Olathe Public Library’s summer reading programs for children and teens, as well as books for Mayor Michael Copeland’s literacy initiative, “I Read With Mayor Mike.”

In recognition of their partnership and success in supporting children’s literacy, OLATHE READS and the Comcast Foundation have received accolades at both the state and national levels with Friends of Education and Daily Points of Light Awards. The OLATHE READS program has received a total of $46,000 in grant funding from the Comcast Foundation since its inception in 2005.

The “I Read With Mayor Mike” program has focused on Olathe’s Title 1 elementary schools, where a significant impact can be made on literacy at the first-grade level. Mayor Copeland visits all ten Title 1 schools each year, reading to first graders and emphasizing the importance and life-long rewards of reading. Each student receives a free paperback book and book bag as part of the program, which will begin its sixth year in Olathe schools this fall.

With Comcast Foundation grant funds allowing increased publicity, the Olathe Public Library continues to see growing numbers of children enrolled in its summer reading program for elementary school students, designed to encourage reading during the summer. This is an important part of promoting reading in the Olathe community, as research shows there can be a significant drop in students’ reading ability over the summer months. To encourage teens to read during the summer, the Library has also established summer reading programs for teens, recognizing that reading skills impact academic studies and future career opportunities for all youth.

Numerous Library summer reading activities suited for children and teens will keep Olathe students busy this summer. Following the May 22 kickoff of summer reading programs at the Library, more than 1,400 elementary school students are participating. Over 100 teens have signed up to track their summer reading online, with over 1,215 hours already logged. For more information about the Library’s summer reading programs and family activities, contact the Olathe Public Library at 971-6850, or visit www.olathelibrary.org.


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For Immediate Release
June 1, 2010

This Edition of E-News
• Reception for New Fire Chief
• Interchange Progress: Lone Elm Road Traffic to Begin Traveling over I-35
• Mahaffie Thursdays
• Black Bob Bay Water Park on Track for Saturday Opening

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session meeting. Regular session meetings are broadcast live on OGTN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org. A reception welcoming Olathe’s new fire chief, Jeff Degraffenreid, will be held in the City Hall Foyer from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The City Council will convene an executive session at 6:30 p.m.


Lone Elm Bridge over I-35 to Open to Traffic Today
Released 6/1/10

Today, drivers will be among the first to travel across I-35 on Lone Elm as the new Lone Elm bridge is scheduled to open this afternoon, June 1st. The bridge is part of the $67 million Lone Elm/I-35 Interchange project that includes two bridges over I-35 and on and off ramps to the interstate. The Lone Elm bridge will have one lane of traffic open in each direction, and the remaining two lanes will open later this month while construction continues.

The second bridge carrying 159th Street over I-35 is planned to open to traffic later this week, and the highway ramps are planned to open on July 1st.

In addition to the bridge construction, major construction on Lone Elm Road and 151st Street north of the project has been completed, and the entire project is expected to be finished on July 1st or 2nd.

The City is tentatively planning a “Rolling Out the Welcome Mat for Jobs and Investment” ceremony on July 1st when vehicles can access the area via the interstate.


Mahaffie’s “Open Late 6-8” Starts June 3rd
Released 6/1/10

Back by popular demand for its second season, the Mahaffie Stagecoach and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., will again offer “Open Late 6-8” events during June and July. The open late events feature free admission, but special activities like stagecoach rides are $2 per person.

Each Thursday night visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with a different aspect of 1860s history. They include: 19th Century Farming on June 3rd and July 22nd; Civil War on June 10th and July 15th; Hit the Trail on June 17th and July 15th; and Kansas Cowboys on June 24th and July 29th.

The historic site is open with living history activities and stagecoach rides 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. For a complete listing of events visit www.mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111.


Black Bob Bay Aquatics Park Now Planned for June 5th
Released 6/1/10

Olathe’s new water park, Black Bob Bay, is on schedule to open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 5th.

The new water park will have the original Black Bob diving pool and 50 meter pool, but a zero depth entry feature has been added. New amenities include a lazy river, water slides, a new children’s pool, and a shallow water play area with water features and a dump bucket.

All other City pools (Frontier, Mill Creek and Oregon Trial) have already opened for the season.


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