Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - June 24, 2013
• e-Town Hall July 2
• Olathe 4th of July Fireworks
• Fireworks Safety
• Downtown Art Festival Includes Olathe Cultural History
• 19th Century 4th of July Celebration at Mahaffie June 27
• Mahaffie to Feature 19th Century Independence Day Activities for Youth June 26
• Free Summer Concert Series Continues June 28th
• Fido and Me on Wednesdays


City Council
Released June 24, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 2 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.


e-Town Hall
Released June 24, 2013
Olathe residents have the opportunity to participate in the 2014 budget process as part of the third annual Budget e-Town Hall event. The event utilizes various forms of electronic communications and social media outreach including web-streamed video, a web forum (www.OlatheKS.org/OpenTownHall), Facebook, Twitter and live television broadcast. Believed to be the first effort of its kind in the Midwest, the e-Town Hall provides Olathe residents a convenient way to share thoughts, ask questions or learn how their tax dollars are spent. The City Council will respond to questions and comments live during the e-Town Hall broadcast/webcast on the Olathe Government Network (Comcast Channel 7 and AT&T Channel 99) on Tuesday, July 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Transparency continues to be an Olathe City Council priority, and the e-Town Hall format provides one more window in the City’s budget process.

In addition to the e-Town Hall, budget workshops are slated for July 2 and July 16 and a public hearing is scheduled for August 6. Citizens are always encouraged to share thoughts or ideas with the City, their Council representatives and/or Mayor Copeland. Additional budget information is available on the City’s website, www.OlatheKS.org, as well as through the forum. In addition, community members are encouraged to contact the Budget Office at 971-8671 with inquiries, questions or concerns.


City of Olathe to Celebrate 4th of July with a Bang
Released June 24, 2013
The City of Olathe will host its annual fireworks show on Thursday, July 4 at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20700 W. 151st St. The show will begin at roughly 9:30 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and set-up their favorite viewing spot. A rain date of July 5 has been set in the event of inclement weather.  The City will be providing updates through Facebook, Twitter and OlatheKS.org should there be a possibility of weather impacting the show.


Fireworks Safety
Released June 24, 2013
According to the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, fireworks caused 197 reported injuries in Kansas over a seasonal period spanning the Fourth of July in 2012, yet only 51% of Kansas hospitals reported data.  Some sparklers, a holiday favorite, burn at temperatures of up to 1800º Fahrenheit - as hot as volcano lava.  In an effort to keep families safe, the possession, sale or use of fireworks in Olathe is prohibited.

Professional fireworks displays add enjoyment to many holidays. To keep safe this Fourth of July, the Olathe Fire Department recommends leaving the fireworks to the professionals. Professionals take extensive safety precautions and follow many regulations when creating such spectacular displays. Olathe’s public fireworks display is July 4 at dusk, about 9:30 p.m., at the Great Mall of the Great Plains (I-35 and 151st Street). Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and set-up their favorite viewing spot.  A rain date of July 5 has been set in the event of inclement weather.  Should inclement weather be a possibility, the City will provide continual updates via Facebook and Twitter about any scheduling changes.

“Let’s have a safe and patriotic holiday by leaving fireworks to the professionals,” said Olathe Fire Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid.


Downtown Olathe Art Festival Highlights Accessibility
Released June 24, 2013
On June 29 and 30, The Downtown Olathe Arts Festival will host more than 100 juried artists exhibiting and selling original works of art at the intersection of Park and Cherry Streets in historic Downtown Olathe.  A variety of art will be showcased, including live artistic performances throughout the event.

The festival will be held concurrently with the De'Via Deaf Art Festival organized by the Deaf Cultural Center Foundation. This event will bring to Olathe a number of highly regarded Deaf artists, many of whom work in a genre known as "De'Via"   (Deaf View/Image Art).

Mike Anderson, Chairman of the volunteer-run, Downtown Olathe Arts Festival Board, is excited about the collaboration. "We are honored that eight De'Via artists are participating. We decided early in our organizing to support artists with disabilities and also younger, emerging artists."

"We believe the power of art can transform lives and should be available to everyone," Anderson said.  "To that end the event is free of charge and we’ve worked hard to ensure the venue is fully accessible for people with mobility challenges."

Children's activities include painting, jewelry making and sculpting.  The Doodle Bug, a popular attraction that allows kids to color on a white, Volkswagen Beetle, will also be on site.

Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 30.  More information, including videos of featured artists, can be found at www.downtownolatheartsfestival.org.


19th Century Independence Day and Fireworks featured at Mahaffie
Released Thursday June 27
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will kick-off Independence Day activities with a family fun night beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27.  Admission is FREE, but a fee will be charged for some activities including stagecoach rides. Independence Day in the 1860s was the biggest holiday of the year, and the Mahaffie family hosted events while living at the farm.

The program features a unique 19th Century Fireworks display, 1860s baseball game, a concert by the Olathe Civic Band, a kid’s parade, 1860s hands on activities and patriotic music. The evening’s schedule is planned to include: 
• 6:30 p.m.: 1860s Baseball Game
• 7:00 p.m.: Patriotic Kids Parade, decorate your bike, stroller, or wagon to celebrate America!
• 7:30 p.m.: Concert by the Olathe Civic Band and the Olathe Northwest Elementary Area Band
• 8:30 p.m.: Cowboy Costume Contest
• 8:45 p.m.: Patriotic Music Medley
• 9:15 p.m.: a Reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a cannon firing
• 9:30 p.m.: 19th Century Fireworks.

Volunteers and staff from Mahaffie dress in 1860s uniforms and play baseball using 1860s rules. For the third year, former Olathe North High School baseball players will make up the teams. 1860s baseball is a gentlemen’s game and the players must also ask for permission to tally their run in order for the run to be placed on the scoreboard.

Visitors will be treated to a special Patriotic Music Medley. The Star Spangled Banner was not always the national anthem. Singers will be sharing songs from the 1860s such as Hail Columbia! and a song called ‘Chester’ which inspired many during the times before and during the American Revolution. A reading of the Declaration of Independence follows the patriotic music and a cannon firing will kick off the 19th Century Fireworks. Living history activities will end at 9:00 p.m. Pie, ice cream, and lemonade will be available for purchase.  Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs and blankets. 


Mahaffie to Feature 19th Century Independence Day Activities for Youth June 26
Released June 24, 2013
19th Century Independence Day activities will be featured Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Activities may include signing a copy of the Declaration of Independence, patriotic songs, and making a paper flag. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and Mahaffie home tours are offered during this program. Day Out with Frank and Ella is a drop-in summer fun session open for preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are admitted free. 


Mike Zito with Samantha Fish Play the 14th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series
Released June 24, 2013
Music fills the air again on Friday, June 28 at Frontier Park in Olathe. This week, concert goers will find local favorite Samantha Fish gracing the stage with her guitar and award-winning blues sound as she opens for legendary singer and guitarist Mike Zito. The show kicks off at 7:00 p.m. with great music and concessions available through the Olathe Noon Optimist Club.

The Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series is supported by the City of Olathe, SureWest, Smokin’ Joes, Hy-Vee, Guitar Center and Pepsi America.


Fido & Me
Released June 24, 2013
Looking for a great way to get out with your pup? Join the new Olathe Parks & Recreation program Fido & Me at Black Bob Park on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. Each week, this dog walking group meets with a staff member from Camp Bow Wow to hit the trails for a little fun and exercise. No sign-up required, just meet at the basketball courts with your favorite dog and leash. For more information call 971-8563.


This Edition of e-News - June 17, 2013:

  • Resident Input Requested through Annual e-Town Hall Event
  • Storm Debris Pick-up
  • Projects Underway to Address Creek Flooding
  • Help Keep Your Parks and Trails Clean
  • Olathe Pools Offer Unique Programming
  • Hit the Trails! Featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 20
  • Friends of the Olathe Public Library Book Sale at Farmers’ Market
  • Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced

City Council
Released June 17, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 18 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

Interested in the action of the regular Council meeting, but don’t want to wait on the official meeting minutes?  A Council meeting recap is now posted to the City Clerk’s page following each regular Council meeting. The recap is for the convenience of our residents and stakeholders and does not replace the official minutes. 


Resident Input Requested through Annual e-Town Hall Event
Released June 17, 2013
Olathe residents have the opportunity to participate in the 2014 budget process as part of the third annual Budget e-Town Hall event. The event utilizes various forms of electronic communications and social media outreach including web-streamed video, a web forum (www.OlatheKS.org/OpenTownHall), Facebook, Twitter (#OlatheBudget) and live television broadcast. Believed to be the first effort of its kind in the Midwest, the e-Town Hall provides Olathe residents a convenient way to share thoughts, ask questions or learn how their tax dollars are spent. The City Council will respond to questions and comments live during the e-Town Hall broadcast/webcast on the Olathe Government Network (Comcast Channel 7 and AT&T Channel 99) on Tuesday, July 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Transparency continues to be an Olathe City Council priority, and the e-Town Hall format provides one more window in the City’s budget process.

In addition to the e-Town Hall, budget workshops are slated for July 2 and July 16 and a public hearing is scheduled for August 6. Citizens are always encouraged to share thoughts or ideas with the City, their Council representatives and/or Mayor Copeland. Additional budget information is available on the City’s website, www.OlatheKS.org, as well as through the forum. In addition, community members are encouraged to contact the Budget Office at 971-8671 with inquiries, questions or concerns.


Storm Debris Pick-up
Released June 17, 2013
Due to weekend storms, the City of Olathe will take bulk pick-up requests for storm debris collection this week only.  The free bulk pick-up service will occur on your regular collection day.  Residents requesting a specific collection day and those with other large item bulk collection items will be charged at the regular rate.

Residents who tie and securely bundle limbs less than 5 feet long and less than 50 pounds do not need to schedule bulk pick-up.  Call Customer Service at 913-971-9311 to make arrangements for your storm debris pick up.


Projects Underway to Address Creek Flooding
Released June 17, 2013
In efforts to reduce localized flooding, the City of Olathe partners with Johnson County to plan, design, and construct projects in areas prone to flooding. The City currently has five flood control projects underway in Olathe in 2013, with two more slated for construction in 2014. 

Visit Stormwater Management Program Projects for a complete list of projects or contact Stormwater Manager, Rob Beilfuss, at (913) 971-9071.


Help Keep Your Parks and Trails Clean 
Released June 17, 2013
This time of year, parks and trails see a lot of activity. Unfortunately, they also see a lot of trash and waste. The trash that is left behind at a shelter, in a dugout, on the trail or around a playground can pose a threat to you, the children who play there and our wildlife. Please take a moment to lend a hand!  When you are out enjoying the parks and trails, take a few extra seconds to make sure the area you use is, as the boy scouts say, “better than you found it.” Here are a few tips from the Olathe Parks Division:

  • Shelters - Ensure that all litter and food is placed in the trash can.
  • Dugouts  - Ensure the last job of the day is preparing the dugout for the next team. Each area has a trash can.  Please place sports bottles, sunflower seeds and other trash in the trash or take them with you!
  • Ponds & Lakes - Help keep the shorelines clean by properly discarding used fishing line, bait containers, beverage containers and snack wrappers.
  • Trails & Parks - Use trash receptacles placed throughout area trails and parks for waste disposal.
  • Pets - Clean up after your pet.

The City of Olathe is looking for groups to assist with park clean-up efforts. Visit Volunteers in the Parks (VIP) if you have an interested group.. 

If we all take a second to clean up after ourselves or lend an extra hand to clean up something left behind, Olathe will continue to be “the City Beautiful.”


Olathe Pools Offer Unique Programming
Released June 17, 2013
Olathe’s community pools offer more than just a few hours in the sun and splashing in the water.  They also offer unique programs to fit a variety of community needs. With Me & Mini Me Swim, Sunday Family Swim Nights and River Walk, there is a little something extra each week.

  • Me & Mini Me Swim – Designed to give parents of young children ages 5 and under time at the pool to play without the worry of crowds. This program is Available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Black Bob Bay ($6/adult) and Tues/Thurs ($5/adult) at Oregon Trail pool from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Fee not included with summer pass, multi-visit punch cards (available at the pools) or the recreation office, $55 for 10 swims.
  • Family Swim – Affordable family time is hard to find these days. Family Swim Nights are available each Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mill Creek, Oregon Trail and Frontier Pools. For just $10, the whole family (up to six family members) can swim and enjoy time together.
  • River Walk – Olathe Parks and Recreation continues to look for unique and fun ways to help the community get active and stay healthy. From 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, adults 18 and over can get a great workout going against the current of the lazy river at Black Bob Bay. This is a great way to get out and get a little exercise at the end of a long day. (Normal pool admission applies).

Daily admission to Mill Creek, Frontier and Oregon Tail is $5 for residents ($6 non-residents). Black Bob Bay daily admission is $6 for residents ($ 8 for non-residents). Season pool passes are still available through the Olathe Parks and Recreation office located at City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.

For a complete list of summer aquatic classes, check out the Summer 2013 Activity Guide.


Hit the Trails! Featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 20
Released June 17, 2013
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is located on the Westport route of the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails. Trail activities will be featured at this week’s Family Fun Night on Thursday, June 20.  Mahaffie is open late Thursdays in June and July from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Throughout the evening, visit the Mahaffie house and leave your mark on Independence Rock.  Other Hit the Trails activities may include:

  • Trade of the Santa Fe Trail
  • Food provisions on the Oregon Trail
  • Gold panning
  • Writing a trails journal

Cowboys of all ages are invited to dress as their favorite for the new Cowboy Costume Contest featured during Thursday Family Fun Nights. Compete in the categories of authentic cowboy, movie cowboy and cartoon cowboy in age brackets of 3-11 and 12 and up. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Rules and more information are available at www.mahaffie.org.

Admission is free, stagecoach rides are $2/person (ages 3 & up), and making an ‘S’ hook in the blacksmith shop is $3/S hook (ages 8 & up). The theme for the June 27 Family Fun Night is 19th Century Independence Day and Fireworks.

Day Out with Frank and Ella – Hit the Trail activities will be featured Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Activities may include:  leaving your mark on Independence Rock, gold panning, Oregon Trail cooking and the trade of the Santa Fe Trail. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith and visiting the Mahaffie home are offered during this program. Day Out with Frank and Ella is a drop-in summer fun sessions open for preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free. 


Friends of the Olathe Public Library Book Sale at Farmers’ Market
Released June 17, 2013
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on June 22, the Friends of the Olathe Public Library will have a booth at the Olathe Farmers’ Market in downtown Olathe. Shop the selection of gardening books, cookbooks, leisure reading and much more. Also for sale – Friends of the Olathe Public Library insulated book bags for $6 each to carry around your fruits and vegetables and, of course, books!


Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced
Released June 17, 2013
The Friends of the Olathe Public Library have selected the winner of the Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a high school senior who has worked a minimum of 40 hours as a library volunteer.  The recipient of the $500 scholarship for 2013 is Christina Fangman, an Indian Creek Branch Library volunteer and a graduate of Olathe Northwest High School.  Fangman has provided 89.25 hours of service since she began volunteering in October 2011. She will attend the University of Kansas in the fall.  

The presentation of the award and a reception in Christina’s honor will be held at 5:30 p.m. on June 24 in the children’s programming room at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park.  Friends, family and library staff are invited to attend.

The scholarship was established last year to honor library volunteer Curtis Marion Gordon Gilmore who passed away on February 10, 2007.  He was a senior at Olathe North High School, due to graduate that May.  He donated 116 hours while a volunteer at the library from 2003 – 2005.  He is fondly remembered for his humor, friendliness and commitment to helping others.  The Friends of the Olathe Public Library held the well-attended Novel Tea in April to raise scholarship funds.


This Edition of e-News - June 10, 2013:

  • 2013 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Place
  • Black Bob Lane Closures Continue, Expect Delays
  • Civil War Featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 13
  • 14th Annual Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series Continues to Rock Frontier Park
  • Fishing Derby Saturday, June 15
  • Dad’s Swim Free at Olathe Pools for Father’s Day
  • Campout Next to the Bay
  • Get Out and Get Active!

City Council
Released June 10, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 18 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

Interested in the action of the regular Council meeting, but don’t want to wait on the official meeting minutes?  A Council meeting recap is now posted to the City Clerk’s page following each regular Council meeting. The recap is for the convenience of our residents and stakeholders and does not replace the official minutes.  


2013 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Place
Released June 10, 2013
Visit downtown Olathe and enjoy the 2013 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. In its ninth year, the exhibit displays sculptures on loan from artists throughout the country that are rotated annually through Olathe’s Original Town area.  This year’s exhibit includes seven displays from artists in four states. The pieces were selected by a panel including Barbara O’Brien, Director and Chief Curator at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Pearl O’Brien, an MFA candidate in the textile program at the University of Kansas.

This year’s pieces include: 

  • Special Drawing, by J. Neil Lawley of St. Joseph, Missouri, located on the NE corner of Chestnut & Poplar
  • Everything, by Nathan S. Pierce of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, located at the pedestrian walkway between the Municipal Building and City Parking Garage
  • Cohesive Narration, by Kristin Garnant of Camanche, Iowa, located on the NE corner of Santa Fe & Kansas
  • Circus Acrobat, by Robert Lamberson of Dannebrog, Nebraska, located on Santa Fe (between Kansas & Walnut)
  • Survival, by Nathan S. Pierce of Cape Girardeau, Missouri located on Santa Fe at Calamity Line Park, 901 W. Santa Fe
  • Yahoo!, by Chris Watts of Olathe, Kansas, located inside City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe
  • Hercules, by Jason Walker of Lenexa, Kansas, located inside City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.

Black Bob Lane Closures Continue, Expect Delays
Released June 10, 2013
Phase II of the 127th Street Improvement Project is underway. Expect delays, and use alternative routes if possible.

The project includes a full road closure of 127th Street from Black Bob to Olathe East High School, scheduled to reopen prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year. Detours are provided.  The project also requires closure of portions of the Indian Creek Trail.  Trail users are encouraged to follow detours throughout the duration of the project.    

Thank you for your patience while we work toward an improved roadway system and trail connection on 127th Street.  For a complete list of weekly Road Closings, visit www.OlatheKS.org.


Civil War Featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 13
Released June 10, 2013
Visit Mahaffie on Thursday, June 13, for Family Fun Night featuring Civil War activities. Mahaffie is open late Thursdays in June and July from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Civil War activities may include:

  • Cannon Drills – 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Lincoln’s Fifth Wheel: The US Sanitary Commission presentation by LvngHstry. Learn about how the US Sanitary Commission supplied the Union Army and help pack supplies.
  • Marching & Drilling, Camp Life & Outdoor cooking, and laundry.

Cowboys of all ages are invited to dress as their favorite for the new Cowboy Costume Contest featured during Thursday Family Fun Nights. Compete in the categories of authentic cowboy, movie cowboy and cartoon cowboy in age brackets of 3-11 and 12 and up. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Rules and more information are available at www.mahaffie.org.

Other activities may include visiting the Mahaffie house, 19th century games and cookstove demonstrations. Admission is FREE, stagecoach rides are $2/person and making an ‘S’ hook in the blacksmith shop is $3/S hook. The theme for the June 20 Family Fun Night is Hit the Trail!

Day Out with Frank and Ella – Civil War activities will be featured Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Activities may include cannon drills every half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., marching & drilling, camp life, laundry, and writing a letter home.  Stagecoach rides, blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations are offered during this program. Day Out with Frank and Ella is a drop-in summer fun session open for preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are admitted free.  


14th Annual Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series Continues to Rock Frontier Park
Released June 10, 2013
Head to Frontier Park on Friday, June 14, to enjoy the second FREE concert of the season featuring Exile with Selby, Mills, and LeMaire (SML).  The show kicks-off with SML at 7:00 p.m. These two acts have written a combined 30+ number one hits! SML brings creative harmonies, funky instrumentation and cool tunes that will light up the stage. Exile started out playing in local clubs, which led to touring with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars.  They hit the peak of their success in 1978 with the rock pop ballad hit "Kiss You All Over." You won’t want to miss this great line up of incredible music!

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand (all proceeds go to local charity) and visit the sponsor booths. The 2013 season is sponsored by SureWest, Olathe’s Hy-Vee Stores, Guitar Center, Pepsi Americas, Olathe Ford RV and Smokin’ Joes.  Don’t forget to bring a blanket and/or lawn chair to enjoy the show! 

Visit Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series for the full series schedule.


Fishing Derby Saturday, June 15
Released June 10, 2013
Looking for your child’s first fish tale? The June 15 Olathe Fishing Derby may just be the venue for your child to catch his/her first whopper or discover a love of fishing. Kids ages 3-15 and those kids at heart 60 or older are invited to a free morning of fishing. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with fishing from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Lake. Register early to receive a free t-shirt at OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Fishing.


Dad’s Swim Free at Olathe Pools for Father’s Day
Released June 10, 2013
Beat the heat and spoil dad with a day of free swimming at any of the four Olathe pools.  Dad receives a day pass with other paid admission. So pick your favorite pool and show dad you love him! For pool locations and hours visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Aquatics.


Campout Next to the Bay
Released June 10, 2013
Looking for something to do with dad this Father’s Day weekend? How about a night of swimming, camping and games! Campout Next to the Bay is back for the third year on June 15.  There’s still time to register. Families are invited to pitch a tent at Black Bob Park, swim and enjoy hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire. Wake up to breakfast from Hy-Vee before tearing down the campsite and heading home. The overnight campout is a great way to spend an evening with dad and celebrate Father’s Day.

Pre-registration is required. Cost is $35 for one adult and one child; each additional family member is $10. Visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec for full details and registration.


Get Out and Get Active!
Released June 10, 2013
The Get Active Community Challenge is underway and Olathe Parks and Recreation (OPR) in partnership with Garmin International encourages you to get out into the Olathe parks and recreation system to discover all that Olathe has to over. 

The Get Active challenge is an eight week program. Each week presents a new set of challenges for participants with the potential to win great prizes upon program completion. While registration is not required, those that do register by June 17 will receive a free T-shirt.  Participants can register in one of three ways:

To learn more about the challenge, including registration and rules, visit OlatheKS.org/ParksrRec/GetActive or call 971-8643.


This Edition of e-News - June 3, 2013:

  • Track Projects with New Interactive Capital Improvement Plan Map
  • Red Cross Battle of the Badges June 7; Your Blood Donation Saves Lives
  • Summer Fun Starts Here!
  • Horse Power Featured at Mahaffie Family Fun Night June 6
  • 14th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 7
  • Touch-A-Truck, ETC Partners with Childhood Cancer Walk June 8

City Council
Released June 3, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 4 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.


Track Projects with New Interactive Capital Improvement Plan Map
Released June 3, 2013
Track the progress of projects in your area with the new interactive Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) map. The map shows all projects which are included in the 2013-2017 CIP, including street projects, water and sewer projects, parks, etc. The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a five-year priority listing of all capital projects, including project financing information consistent with the City’s debt management policies. All projects are reviewed and approved by the Olathe City Council based on the City’s priorities and goals to provide the best environment and support for Olathe’s residents. The 2014-2018 CIP will be presented at the June 18th Council meeting.


Red Cross Battle of the Badges June 7; Your Blood Donation Saves Lives
Released June 3, 2013
On June 7, the Olathe Police and Fire Departments will host the Red Cross Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. The drive will be held at the Olathe Fire Administration Building, 1225 S. Hamilton Circle, 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Hometown heroes know first-hand the importance of donating blood to help in emergency situations. This is your chance to be a part of the team! Anyone can get involved by donating blood and voting for a favorite team (either Olathe Police or Olathe Fire). The winning team will be awarded a traveling trophy. Last year’s friendly competition ended in a tie. 

To make an appointment for Battle of the Badges, log onto www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: OlatheBOB.


Summer Fun Starts Here!
Released June 3, 2013
This week marks the start of summer for Olathe Parks and Recreation. Enjoy fun, family-friendly activities each week right here in Olathe. Families can find something fun and new every day!

June 3:

  • Summer Camps Begin (still time to enroll in several programs)
  • Lap Swim & River Walk at Black Bob Bay
  • Early Parent/Tot Swim at Back Bob Bay

June 4:

  • Early Parent/Tot Swim at Oregon Trail
  • Lap Swim at Black Bob Bay

June 5:

  • The Wednesday Farmers’ Market opens! Great local produce available from 8:00 -11:00 a.m. or until sold.
  • Early Parent/Tot Swim at Black Bob Bay
  • River Walk at Black Bob Bay

June 6:

  • Free Family Fun Nights at Mahaffie. This week’s theme is Horse Power!
  • Early Parent/Tot Swim at Oregon Trial
  • River Walk at Black Bob Bay

June 7:

June 8:

  • Touch-A-Truck, ETC – Explore more than 25 vehicles at Frontier Park from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. This event is free to the public, but registration is available for food and games through Braden’s Hope Walk at www.bradenshope.org.

June 9:

  • Family Swim at Millcreek, Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail – Families swim for $10 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Horse Power Featured at Mahaffie Family Fun Night June 6
Released June 3, 2013
Horse Power is on display for the summer’s first Family Fun Night on Thursday, June 6.

Mahaffie is open late Thursdays in June and July from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Horse power activities may include:

  • 6:30 p.m. - Horse grooming, shoeing & harnessing
  • 7:00 p.m. - Horse pull in the arena sponsored by Olathe Tractor & Supply
  • 7:30 p.m. - Horse powered threshing demonstration

Cowboys of all ages are invited to dress as their favorite for the new Cowboy Costume Contest featured during Thursday Family Fun Nights. Compete in the categories of authentic cowboy, movie cowboy and cartoon cowboy in age brackets of 3-11 and 12 and up. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Rules and more information are available at www.mahaffie.org.

Other activities may include visiting the Mahaffie house, 19th century games and cookstove demonstrations. Admission is FREE, stagecoach rides are $2/person and making an ‘S’ hook in the blacksmith shop is $3/S hook. The theme for the June 13 Family Fun Night is Civil War.

Day Out with Frank and Ella – Horse Power will be featured Wednesday, June 5 & Thursday, June 6 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Activities may include a horse powered treadmill demonstration at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., horse shoeing/grooming/harnessing at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and a horse craft. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations are offered during this program. Day Out with Frank and Ella is a drop-in summer fun session open for preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free.  


14th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins Friday
Released June 3, 2013
The City of Olathe is proud to present the 2013 FREE Summer Concert Series. Families and music enthusiasts will enjoy award-winning entertainment on select Fridays throughout the summer at Frontier Park. 

The season kicks off on Friday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. with local favorite Monster’s Ink. Then, Sam Bush takes center stage bringing his bluegrass sound back to Olathe. A founding member of the New Grass Revival, Bush has been called a modern day Bill Monroe.  Throughout his career, he has acknowledged tradition while pushing mountain music into the realms of rock, jazz, reggae, and Afro-pop. He has shared a stage with some of the biggest names in acoustic and folk music, including Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and David Grisman.

Arrive early for best seating and to visit the concession stand (all proceeds go to local charity) and sponsor booths.

Visit Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series for the full series schedule.


Touch-A-Truck, ETC Partners with Childhood Cancer Walk June 8
Released June 3, 2013
Touch-A-Truck, ETC is back on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Frontier Park. The second annual event is in conjunction with Braden’s Hope Walk for Childhood Cancer. Kids of all ages will get a thrill out of watching the trash truck, climbing up on a tree spade or sitting in a stagecoach. Touch-A-Truck is open to the public and those interested in participating in the walk can register at the event.