Olathe News Briefs

 

This Edition of e-News:

  • Labor Day Schedule for City Offices, Libraries; Trash/Recycling Collection Not Impacted
  • Water Treatment Facilities Receive Peak Performance Award
  • Competition Heats Up at the Olathe Farmers’ Market
  • Too Cool to Drool Set for September 8
  • Mahaffie Recognizes Grandparents Day with Free Admission
  • Registration Open for Fall Home School Day at Mahaffie
  • Construction to Begin on 151st St. August 26

City Council
Released August 26, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, September 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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 OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


Labor Day Schedule for City Offices, Libraries; Trash/Recycling Collection Not Impacted
Released August 26, 2013
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day holiday. The City’s trash, curbside recycling and yard waste collection will NOT be impacted.

The Olathe Public Library (201 E. Park St.) and the Indian Creek Branch (12990 S. Black Bob Rd.) will be closed Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2 in observance of the holiday.


Water Treatment Facilities Receive Peak Performance Award
Released August 26, 2013
The City of Olathe has once again earned Silver Peak Performance Awards for both the Cedar Creek and Harold Street Wastewater Treatment facilities from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)  . NACWA’s Peak Performance Awards program recognizes Olathe for complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance during the 2012 calendar year. Silver award designations are presented to member agency facilities that demonstrate the highest standards in wastewater treatment.


Competition Heats Up at the Olathe Farmers’ Market
Released August 26, 2013
From five teams to three, the chefs from the Olathe Public Schools Culinary Arts program will compete in the final round of the Country Financial Chef Challenge at 9:00 a.m. on August 31 at the Olathe Farmers’ Market.

Students from the school district’s Les Arts Culinaires will create new original dishes using ingredients from the market. A panel of local celebrity judges will determine the winning two-student team who will be awarded $1,400. The second-place and third-place teams will be awarded $800 each.  For more information, visit www.countrychefchallenge.com.


Too Cool to Drool Set for September 8
Released August 26, 2013
Join the City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department in a community event when Too Cool to Drool returns Sunday, September 8 at Black Bob Bay. You and your favorite pups are invited to a dog-only swim to close out another great aquatics season. Small dogs weighing 25 pounds or less have the pool to themselves at 1:00 p.m.  Larger dogs can join at 2:00 p.m.  Pre-registration is encouraged and the first 75 pups will receive a special doggie bag filled with four-legged and two-legged friend treats. To register, call 913-971-8643. The cost is $10 per dog.


Mahaffie Recognizes Grandparents Day with Free Admission
Released August 26, 2013
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., will be open noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, to offer a $6 savings with free admission to grandparents accompanying a paid child admission for National Grandparents Day.  In addition to regular weekend programming, grandparents can take home a souvenir Grandparents Day photo frame and pick up a copy of a family tree to fill out with their families.  Registration is not required for this event.

Linda Johnston, author of Hope Amid Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory, will be hosting a special book signing at Grandparents Day. She was a docent at Mahaffie during the late 1980s and used her time at Mahaffie as inspiration for her book research. Visitors are invited to participate in stagecoach rides, cooking on the wood-burning cookstove, touring the historic Mahaffie house, blacksmithing, farm chores and more. 


Registration Open for Fall Home School Day at Mahaffie
Released August 26, 2013
Registration is open for Fall Home School Day, Thursday September 12, 2013 at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. The program offers two sessions of popular school programs, Growing Up Victorian and The Tragic Prelude. Sessions are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Representatives from Kansas History Day will present how the home school community can participate in National History Day. Cost is $5/student and accompanying adults are free.


Construction to Begin on 151st St. August 26
Released August 26, 2013
Concrete road repair and asphalt overlay construction will begin on 151st Street, from Lone Elm Road to I-35, on August 26. Traffic signal upgrades at the intersection of 151st Street and Olathe Medical Center Access Road are included with the project.

Through traffic will be reduced to one lane each direction for the majority of the project due to concrete street patching required prior to the asphalt overlay.

An emergency access lane will be provided for emergency vehicles only coming from I-35 or westbound on 151st Street.  This will allow unimpeded access to the Olathe Medical Center from the main access road at the signal on 151st Street.  Emergency vehicles accessing the Medical Center from Lone Elm Road should use 153rd Street.

The project is scheduled for final completion in late October.


This Edition of e-News - August 19, 2013:

  • City Council to Consider Budget Adoption
  • 119th Street Lane Reductions August 23-August 26
  • Construction to Begin on 151st St. August 26
  • Playground Improvements Coming to a Park Near You!
  • Housing Rehabilitation Programs Available
  • Olathe Culinary Students Vie for Coveted Top Chef Honor
  • Too Cool to Drool Set for September 8
  • Black Bob Bay Open Weekends Only
  • Registration Open for Fall Home School Day at Mahaffie

City Council to Consider Budget Adoption
Released August 19, 2013
The Olathe City Council will consider adopting the 2014 budget when it meets Tuesday, August 20 in the Council Chamber at City Hall. City Council members also will consider approving the 2014-18 Capital Improvements Program.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with an executive session followed by the regular session at 7:00 p.m. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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 OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit City Clerk.


119th Street Lane Reductions August 23-August 26
Released August 19, 2013
From approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 23, to 6:00 a.m. Monday, August 26, eastbound and westbound 119th Street will be reduced to one lane for repairs to the 119th Street bridge over Old Kansas City Road. Lanes will be reduced on eastbound 119th Street west of Renner Blvd. to I-35.  Lanes will also be reduced on westbound 119th Street east of I-35 to the Old Kansas City Road ramp.


Construction to Begin on 151st St. August 26
Released August 19, 2013
Concrete road repair and asphalt overlay construction will begin on 151st Street, from Lone Elm Road to I-35, on August 26. Traffic signal upgrades are also included with the project at the intersection of 151st Street and Olathe Medical Center Access Road.

Through traffic will be reduced to one lane each direction for the majority of the project due to concrete street patching that is required prior to the asphalt overlay.

An emergency access lane will be provided for emergency vehicles only coming from I-35 or westbound on 151st Street.  This will allow unimpeded access to the Olathe Medical Center from the main access road at the signal on 151st Street.  Emergency vehicles accessing the Medical Center from Lone Elm Road should use 153rd Street.

The project is scheduled for final completion in late October.


Playground Improvements Coming to a Park Near You!
Released August 19, 2013
The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of replacing playground equipment at two neighborhood parks in the city: Arrowhead Park (1701 S. Lindenwood) and Southdowns Park  (2101 S. Lindenwood.)  Construction on Arrowhead Park will begin this week with the new playground anticipated to be completed by the end of September.  The playground replacement at Southdowns should begin in early September and end by late October.   The existing playgrounds at Arrowhead Park and Southdowns Park will remain in place, until the construction of each playground is completed, at which time the older playgrounds will be removed.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but we look forward to new and exciting equipment in the parks.  Visit Olathe Parks and Recreation for updates and renderings of the equipment.


Housing Rehabilitation Programs Available
Released August 19, 2013
Olathe Housing Rehabilitation programs enable income eligible homeowners living in the city limits of Olathe the opportunity to rehabilitate their properties.

Programs include:

  • Deferred loans
  • Emergency repair grants
  • Handicap accessibility grants

Eligibility for all programs is based on several factors including gross annual household income, appraised value of the home, current insurance policy, current real estate taxes and proof of ownership.  For additional information or to request an application, call City of Olathe Housing Rehabilitation Services at 913-971-6260 or visit OlatheKS.org.


Olathe Culinary Students Vie for Coveted Top Chef Honor
Released August 19, 2013
For the third consecutive year, the top chefs from the Olathe Public Schools Culinary Arts Program will face off in the Country Chef Challenge at the Olathe Farmers’ Market  August 24 and August 31.

Five teams from the school district’s Les Arts Culinaires will create original dishes using ingredients from the market. A panel of local celebrity judges will determine the winning two-student team, to be awarded $1,400. The second and third place teams will be awarded $800 each.

In addition, graphic design students will compete for $2,000 in scholarships; $1,000 for first and $500 each for two runners-up. The contest theme is “Fill Up on Fresh” and students are encouraged to use farming, cityscapes, Olathe landmarks and locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers in their designs. The winner will be announced August 25 and the design will be printed on market bags provided by presenting sponsor COUNTRY Financial. 

The challenges begin at 9:00 a.m. Olathe North DECA students also provide coffee.

For more information, go to www.countrychefchallenge.com.


Too Cool to Drool Set for September 8
Released August 19, 2013
Join the City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department in a community event when Too Cool to Drool returns Sunday, September 8 at Black Bob Bay. You and your favorite pups are invited to a dog-only swim to close out another great aquatics season. Small dogs weighing 25 pounds or less have the pool to themselves at 1:00 p.m.  Larger dogs can join at 2:00 p.m.  Pre-registration is encouraged and the first 75 pups will receive a special doggie bag filled with four-legged and two-legged friend treats. To register, call 913-971-8643. The cost is $10 per dog.


Black Bob Bay Open Weekends Only
Released August 19, 2013
Hours at Black Bob Bay will be reduced for the rest of the season until the swimming pool closes on Labor Day.  Black Bob Bay will be open on Saturdays and Sundays only from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through Sept. 1.  It will also be open 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Labor Day, September 2.  Mill Creek, Oregon Trail and Frontier Trail pools closed earlier this month. For more information about Olathe city pool schedules, visit Parks and Recreation on the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.


Registration Open for Fall Home School Day at Mahaffie
Released August 19, 2013
Registration is open for Fall Home School Day, Thursday September 12, 2013 at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. The program offers two sessions of popular school programs, Growing Up Victorian and The Tragic Prelude. Sessions are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Representatives from Kansas History Day will present how the home school community can participate in National History Day. Cost is $5/student and accompanying adults are free.


This Edition of e-News - August 12, 2013:

  • Please Drive Carefully as School Resumes
  • 127th Street to Remain Closed through Start of School Year
  • Mahaffie Featured on National Geographic Channel’s “Diggers”
  • Black Bob Bay to Reduce Hours
  • Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation to Host Duck Race
  • Will You Be the Lucky One?
  • Friends of the Olathe Public Library Book Sale at Farmers’ Market
  • Olathe Residents Celebrate 30th Annual National Night Out

City Council
Released August 12, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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 OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


Please Drive Carefully as School Resumes
Released August 12, 2013
The City of Olathe reminds drivers to slow down and use caution near schools as students return to the classroom this week. 

Olathe Public Schools students in first through sixth grades and ninth graders start with a half day Wednesday, August 14. The first full day of school for all K-12 students starts Thursday.

Safety information for drivers, bus riders and students who walk to school; crossing guard information; and safe routes to schools maps are available on the City’s website at OlatheKS.org/SchoolSafety.


127th Street to Remain Closed through Start of School Year
Released August 12, 2013
Due to the inclement weather Olathe has experienced in recent weeks, construction on the 127th Street improvements has been delayed, and the street will not be open to traffic by the start of school on August 14 as originally expected.

Access to Olathe East High School is available via Greenwood Street and the signalized Access Road off Black Bob Road (South of 127th Street). Temporary crossing guards will be provided at the intersection of Black Bob and 127th Street throughout the duration of construction, and an officer will be on-site monitoring traffic flow between the hours of 7:15-8:15 a.m. and 3:00-4:00 p.m. View Temporary Walking Map.

City officials remain in regular contact with Olathe Public Schools’ administrators regarding project progress, access and detours. 


Mahaffie Featured on National Geographic Channel’s “Diggers”
Released August 12, 2013
Metal detecting enthusiasts “King George” Wyant (KG) and Tim “The Ringmaster” Saylor (Ringy) travel across the country uncovering lost pieces of American history on National Geographic Channel’s Diggers.  So what brings them to Olathe?  On a journey across Kansas, KG and Ringy visit Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm on a quest to uncover historical artifacts along the Santa Fe Trail. 

The Mahaffie segment was filmed in April and KG and Ringy battled a late season cold surge (including snowfall) on their dig.  The metal detector-wielding diggers were accompanied by a professional archaeologist who documents and processes any found artifacts. 

According to Tim Talbott, site manager, the group was fun to work with and the experience was memorable.  “The artifacts they found offer us important clues to guide future archaeological excavations,” he said.   

Mahaffie will be featured on Diggers: Bleeding Kansas which airs August 14 at 7:30 p.m. local time on the National Geographic Channel. 

About Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop:
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site offers a unique hands-on experience for visitors of all ages focusing on 1860s farming, frontier life, and stagecoach travel while preserving the nationally significant Mahaffie story. The historic site is the last remaining stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail.  Operated by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Olathe, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a designated component of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and a participant in the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Hours of operation, living history activities, special events and programs vary seasonally.  For more information, please call (913) 971-5111 or visit www.mahaffie.org.

About the Diggers Bleeding Kansas episode:
KG and Ringy are on the front lines of Bleeding Kansas, where the deadliest conflict in our nation’s history had its roots, and they’re determined to find the oldest “civ” possible: the bullet from the first shot fired in the civil war before the Civil War. The first stop is a landmark on the Underground Railroad — a river crossing used by the militia and escaping slaves — perhaps these escaping slaves or the people who helped them dropped something in their rush to get to freedom, or maybe the militia dropped some military buttons or even some weaponry? Next, they visit a location on the Santa Fe Trail where travelers stopped to resupply — since so many people passed through; KG and Ringy hope to strike “sweet nectar” in no time. Finally, they hit up Black Jack Battlefield. This site is where the North and South first battled over the issue of slavery, and it’s the perfect spot to uncover the “roundness” they are hoping for.


Black Bob Bay to Reduce Hours
Released August 12, 2013
The swim season is coming to a close as the school year approaches and lifeguards head back to school.   Black Bob Bay will remain open on weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through Friday, August 16.  Starting August 17, Black Bob Bay will be open on Saturdays and Sundays only from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will close for the season on Labor Day, September 2.  All other city pools closed earlier this month.

For more information about Olathe city pool schedules, visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec.


Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation to Host Duck Race
Released August 12, 2013
The Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation will host the first Duck Race to raise funds for recreation scholarships.  The race will take place at Black Bob Bay on Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first place (2014 family pool season pass), second place (Chiefs tickets), slowest duck and a consolation duck draw.

Duck adoptions are currently available online at OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/DuckRace and through the Parks and Recreation office, 971-8563. Packages include:

  • Single Duck (1): $5.00 (24333)
  • Double Ducky (2): $9.00 (24334)
  • Quack Pack (4 + 1 daily pool admission): $25.00 (24335)
  • Quacker’s Dozen (10 + 2 daily pool admissions): $60.00 (24336)
  • Flock (15 + 4 daily pool admissions): $100.00 (24337)

The Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation Scholarship fund provides income qualifying residents the ability to participate in recreation opportunities throughout the year. For more information, contact Nichole Asquith, recreationnews@olatheks.org or 913-971-8643.


Will You Be the Lucky One?
Released August 12, 2013
In the early afternoon of Tuesday, August 13, the Olathe libraries will reach one million checkouts.  One lucky library customer at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, and the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, will receive a special gift to celebrate the event. The library will reach the one million checkout milestone earlier than last year, when it was reached on August 17, 2012.


Friends of the Olathe Public Library Book Sale at Farmers’ Market
Released August 12, 2013
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on August 17, shop the selection of gardening books, cookbooks, leisure reading and much more at the Farmers’ Market in downtown Olathe.  Club romance paperbacks will be sold 10 for $1.  Purchase a Friends insulated book bag for $6 to carry around your fruits and vegetables and, of course, books!


Olathe Residents Celebrate 30th Annual National Night Out
Released August 12, 2013
Nearly 1,100 Olathe residents from 18 neighborhoods and one apartment complex spent an evening outside in an effort to deter crime during the 30th Annual National Night Out event held August 6.

The Olathe Police Department has sponsored the event locally since 1997. Neighbors took advantage of unseasonably cool August weather and hosted block parties and cookouts while being visited by members of the Olathe Police Department, Olathe Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act.  Representatives from Target, the event’s national corporate sponsor, also visited Olathe residents and gave away gift cards and other items.

The National Association of Town Watch created National Night Out to increase crime and drug prevention awareness by improving partnerships with local law enforcement offices. More than 15,704 communities from all 50 states were expected to participate. More than 37.5 million people participated in National Night Out last year.


This Edition of e-News - August 5, 2013:

  • Budget Public Hearing
  • Olathe Farmers’ Market Celebrates National Farmers Market Week with Chipotle
  • Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation to Host Duck Race
  • Stay Up-To-Date on Olathe’s Growth
  • Unified Development Ordinance Update—2nd Draft Available for Review
  • School Programs at Mahaffie; Scholarships Available for Title I Schools
  • Beat the Heat Book Sale
  • Dog Days of Summer
  • Pool Closures to Continue Sunday

City Council
Released August 5, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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 OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


Budget Public Hearing
Released August 5, 2013
The Public Hearing for the 2014 Budget will take place during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. It will provide residents the opportunity to comment on the budget before adoption August 20. Review the proposed budget on the Budget Planning page: OlatheKS.org/Finance/Budget/BudPlan. The City Council places a priority on resident involvement and encourages anyone interested to attend the hearing or share opinions with them.


Olathe Farmers’ Market Celebrates National Farmers Market Week with Chipotle
Released August 5, 2013
National Farmers’ Market Week kicks off on Monday, August 5. The Olathe Farmers’ Market has teamed up with Chipotle to help raise awareness of local products and fresh food in the community with a promotion on Saturday, August 11. At 8:00 a.m., a representative from Chipotle will hand out $10 tokens to the first 250 market customers. Market customers can redeem the tokens with select farmers (no change provided).  Come and enjoy a great way to get fresh, local ingredients!


Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation to Host Duck Race
Released August 5, 2013
The Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation will host the first Duck Race to raise funds for recreation scholarships.  The race will take place at Black Bob Bay on Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first place (2014 family pool season pass), second place (Chiefs tickets), slowest duck and a consolation duck draw.

Duck adoptions are currently available online at OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/DuckRace and through the Parks and Recreation office, 971-8563. Packages include:

  • Single Duck (1): $5.00 (24333)
  • Double Ducky (2): $9.00 (24334)
  • Quack Pack (4 + 1 daily pool admission): $25.00 (24335)
  • Quacker’s Dozen (10 + 2 daily pool admissions): $60.00 (24336)
  • Flock (15 + 4 daily pool admissions): $100.00 (24337)

The Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation Scholarship fund provides income qualifying residents the ability to participate in recreation opportunities throughout the year. For more information, contact Nichole Asquith, recreationnews@olatheks.org or 913-971-8643.


Stay Up-To-Date on Olathe’s Growth
Released August 5, 2013
Learn about the city’s growth and demographic trends in the annual City of Olathe Demographics and Development Report now available online. In addition, subscribe to e-News to receive current reports and updates.


Unified Development Ordinance Update—2nd Draft Available for Review
Released August 5, 2013
The second draft of Olathe’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is now available for public viewing and comment. The UDO serves as the City’s Zoning Code and assists with the implementation of PlanOlathe, the community’s vision for how we want to see Olathe grow and develop today and in the future. Remarks about the draft can be made by clicking the Comment section on the UDO Amendments page.  A public meeting and development forum will be scheduled for late August or early September to present the draft update and to take public comment. Inquiries regarding the UDO may be directed to the Planning Division at (913) 971-8750.


School Programs at Mahaffie; Scholarships Available for Title I Schools
Released August 5, 2013
It’s back to school time and Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, offers students an opportunity to discover history where it happened. Mahaffie offers interactive activities with animals, wagons and a working stagecoach ensuring a fun learning experience for students and a valuable teaching tool for educators.  Each of five structured education programs is designed to meet curriculum standards for Kansas and Missouri schools.

Title I schools are eligible to apply for scholarships that can be used either towards transportation or admission to Mahaffie for fall field trips. An application for the scholarship is available at Mahaffie.org. Funds for the scholarships are made possible by the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund administered by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners and are available on a first come first serve basis.

To learn more about Mahaffie education programs, visit Mahaffie.org


Beat the Heat Book Sale
Released August 5, 2013
Get great deals at the Friends of the Olathe Public Library used and nearly new book sale at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  The sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on August 9, from noon to 4:00 p.m. on August 10, and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on August 11. The Sunday sale will feature the “Six Bucks a Bag Sale”.  Purchase a plastic bag at the door for $6 and fill with materials.  Buy two, get two free!  Friends of the Library members will receive $1 off their total purchase; one time use and not valid at the sack sale.

Choose from a wide selection of materials sorted by categories. All sales are final and cash or checks are accepted. Due to space limitations, no book carts or strollers are allowed in the room.


Dog Days of Summer
Released August 5, 2013
Make tracks to the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, from noon to 2:00 p.m. on August 10 for a dog-gone good time at the end of summer bash! 

Enjoy:

  • Live music by Rock School KC
  • Olathe Police Department Canine Unit Demo at 12:30 p.m.
  • Pet meet and greet with dogs provided by Pets for Life, Inc.
  • Information about dog and cat licensing from the Olathe Animal Shelter. 
     

The Funnel Cake Truck will sell funnel cakes, ice cream, cold drinks, and fried Oreos, Snickers and Twinkies.  Bring canned cat and dog food, peanut butter and paper towels to donate to the Great Plains SPCA.  In addition, you can purchase new and nearly new materials at the Beat the Heat Book Sale from noon to 4:00 p.m. inside the library. 

In case of rain, the outdoor activities will be canceled.  The inside book sale will still be held.


Pool Closures to Continue Sunday
Released August 5, 2013
Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail pools will close for the season on Sunday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. 

Black Bob Bay will remain open through Labor Day with new hours starting August 12:

  • August 12-16; Monday – Friday open 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • August 16 at 7:00 p.m. - Pool closes for weekday operation.
  • August 17 through September 2, Labor Day – Open Saturday and Sunday only 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mill Creek pool closed for the season on August 4.  For more information about Olathe city pool schedules, visit Parks and Recreation on the City’s website.