Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - May 27, 2014:

  • Olathe Parks & Recreation Launches First Online Fishing Contest
  • 15th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 6
  • Summer Day Camp Enrollment
  • Sheridan Street Closed Between Lindenwood and Winterbrooke Beginning May 28
  • Lane Reductions on Black Bob Road and 119th Street
  • 151st Street from Lindenwood to Stagecoach Reduced to One Lane Beginning May 27
  • Kansas Cowboys featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 5
  • Day Out with Frank and Ella

City Council
Released May 27, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 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.


Olathe Parks & Recreation Launches First Online Fishing Contest
Released May 27, 2014
Olathe Parks & Recreation announces a new fishing contest for anglers of all ages! Summer Slam is a unique way to get out and explore Olathe waters while raising money for a great cause this summer. Not your typical fishing contest, Summer Slam is an online competition where competitors use a Facebook event to upload their greatest catch for the month’s competition. Don’t have a Facebook account? No worries! Olathe Parks & Recreation will work with those interested in competing on an individual basis.

Each month offers a new challenge and participants choose which month(s) they wish to participate. The contest includes a small entry fee (youth division (15 & under)- $5 per month, adult- $10 per month) or play all summer long (youth $12.50, adult $25). Proceeds from the entry fees will go to support the Olathe Parks & Recreation scholarship fund that helps ensure all Olathe residents have access to recreation programming throughout the year.

For more information visit Summer Slam or contact recreationnews@olatheks.org.


15th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 6
Released May 27, 2014
The City of Olathe is proud to present the 15th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series. Families and music enthusiasts will enjoy award-winning artists for five Fridays throughout the summer at Frontier Park.  The season kicks-off on Friday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. with Marc Broussard and special guest Mingo Fishtrap.

Each year, the Olathe Parks & Recreation FREE Summer Concerts champion five charities throughout the summer. The Salvation Army is the designated charity for the June 6 show. The 2013 season raised more than $10,000 for the charities of choice through audience donations and concession proceeds.  More than $130,000 has been given throughout the history of the series.

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand and our sponsor booths. The 2014 season is sponsored by Communities that Care, Hy-Vee, Country Financial, Olathe Ford RV, Pepsi, Guitar Center, and Smokin’ Joes.


Summer Day Camp Enrollment
Released May 27, 2014
Olathe Parks & Recreation has a variety of specialty and day camps available to keep the kids busy this summer. From soccer camp to art classes, enjoy a variety of specialty camps available to fit your schedule and interests.

Need something more? Check out the new Olathe Parks & Recreation day camps for school aged and preschool children.  Registration is available on a week-to-week basis. Keep your kids active with field trips, swimming and educational activities all summer long. View & register for all summer camp options.


Sheridan Street Closed Between Lindenwood and Winterbrooke Beginning May 28
Released May 27, 2014
Beginning May 28, Sheridan Street from Winterbrooke Drive to Lindenwood Drive will be closed until early August, weather permitting.  Detours and message boards will be provided. The project is part of the 2014 Street Preservation Arterial Mill & Overlay program.


Lane Reductions on Black Bob Road and 119th Street
Released May 27, 2014
Residents should expect intermittent lane reductions this week on southbound Black Bob Road, from 119th Street to 151st Street, and eastbound 119th Street, from Black Bob Road to Pflumm Road. These lane reductions are necessary as Google Fiber crews work throughout the city.


151st Street from Lindenwood to Stagecoach Reduced to One Lane Beginning May 27
Released May 27, 2014
Beginning May 27, 151st Street from Lindenwood Drive to Stagecoach Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction. These lane closures are expected until early July, weather permitting. A flood control project in the vicinity calls for replacement of culverts under 151st Street and 153rd Terrace.


Kansas Cowboys featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 5
Released May 27, 2014
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will feature Kansas Cowboy activities with a free family fun night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 5.  Dress as your favorite cowboy in two categories; ages 3-11 and ages 12 and up. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. The Cowboy Costume Contest will be offered each Thursday at Family Fun Night. Find complete rules and more information at Mahaffie.org.

Other activities may include: trailside cooking, cowboy gear, roping, and visiting the Mahaffie house. Admission is FREE; stagecoach rides are other activities have a nominal fee. 

The theme for the Thursday, June 12 Family Fun Night is Draft Power.


Day Out with Frank and Ella
Released May 27, 2014
Kansas Cowboys activities will be featured Wednesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Activities may include:  roping, cowboy gear, and making a sheriff badge to take home. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and visiting the Mahaffie home will be offered. Day Out with Frank and Ella is open to preschools, day cares, and other youth groups. Individuals are also invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free. 


This Edition of e-News - May 19, 2014:

  • Memorial Day Closures
  • 15th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 6
  • Summer Day Camp Enrollment
  • Pools Open for 2014 Season
  • BNSF to Close Several Railroad Crossings for Maintenance Work
  • 151st Street from Lindenwood to Stagecoach Reduced to One Lane Beginning May 27
  • Parker Street to Close Beginning May 27
  • City of Olathe Celebrates National Public Works Week
  • Mahaffie Summer Season Promotes Family Fun
  • Get Financially Prepared:  Take Steps Ahead of Disaster
  • Olathe Public Library Summer Reading Kick-Off
  • Summer Reading Kick-Off Book Sale

City Council
Released May 19, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, May 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.


Memorial Day Closures
Released May 19, 2014
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, May 26, for the Memorial Day Holiday.  Trash and recycling collection will remain on schedule.

The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park and the Indian Creek Branch, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, will be closed Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26.


15th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 6
Released May 19, 2014
The City of Olathe is proud to present the 15th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series. Families and music enthusiasts will enjoy award-winning artists for five Fridays throughout the summer at Frontier Park.  The season kicks-off on Friday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. with Marc Broussard and special guest Mingo Fishtrap.

Each year, the Olathe Parks & Recreation FREE Summer Concerts champion five charities throughout the summer. The Salvation Army is the designated charity for the June 6 show. The 2013 season raised more than $10,000 for the charities of choice through audience donations and concession proceeds.  More than $130,000 has been given throughout the history of the series.

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand and our sponsor booths. The 2014 season is sponsored by Communities that Care, Hy-Vee, Country Financial, Olathe Ford RV, Pepsi, Guitar Center, and Smokin’ Joes.


Summer Day Camp Enrollment
Released May 19, 2014
Olathe Parks & Recreation has a variety of specialty and day camps available to keep the kids busy this summer. From soccer camp to art classes, enjoy a variety of specialty camps available to fit your schedule and interests.

Need something more? Check out the new Olathe Parks & Recreation day camps for school aged and preschool children.  Registration is available on a week-to-week basis. Keep your kids active with field trips, swimming and educational activities all summer long. View & register for all summer camp options.


Pools Open for 2014 Season
Released May 19, 2014
The City of Olathe will open its pool season Saturday, May 24 at 12:30 p.m. Black Bob Bay, Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail will operate daily from 12:30 - 8:00 p.m. Mill Creek Pool is open Monday – Friday from 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. and 12:30 – 7:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday. 

Join us for special swim times and events throughout the season, including:

Season passes are still available through the Parks & Recreation office. All Olathe pools only accept cash or check. View season hours, cost and more on our website.


BNSF to Close Several Railroad Crossings for Maintenance Work
Released May 19, 2014
During the week of May 26, BNSF will close several railroad crossings in Olathe for maintenance work. The closures are scheduled as follows:

  • Railroad crossing at Woodland will be closed May 27-May 29
  • Railroad crossing at Santa Fe will be closed May 27-May 28
  • Railroad crossings at Park and Loula will be closed from May 29-May 30

Detours and message boards will be provided.


151st Street from Lindenwood to Stagecoach Reduced to One Lane Beginning May 27
Released May 19, 2014
Beginning May 27, 151st Street from Lindenwood Drive to Stagecoach Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction. These lane closures are expected to be closed until early July, weather permitting. This closure is part of a flood control project in the vicinity of 151st Street and Lindenwood Drive, which calls for replacement of the culverts under 151st Street and 153rd Terrace.


Parker Street to Close Beginning May 27
Released May 19, 2014
Beginning May 27, Parker Street will close between 122nd Street to 122nd Terrace in order to remove the existing bridge, begin utility relocates and street reconstruction.  Detours and message boards will be provided.


City of Olathe Celebrates National Public Works Week
Released May 19, 2014
The City of Olathe is celebrating National Public Works Week from May 18 through May 24 to honor our Public Works professionals. The celebration of this week draws attention to the important contributions of public works professionals to our residents’ daily lives, including planning, building, managing and operating the heart of our local communities – its infrastructure (i.e. streets, sewers, water lines, etc.)

Each May, the City of Olathe celebrates National Public Works Week to raise awareness of these vitally important contributions of public works professionals and the crucial role that infrastructure, facilities, and services play in the quality of life in our community. Our employees in public works serve our community everyday by ensuring Olathe residents enjoy the highest quality of life through clean water, quality infrastructure, and excellent public services.


Mahaffie Summer Season Promotes Family Fun
Released May 19, 2014
The summer season officially beings at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., on Friday, May 23.  Enjoy living history activities and stagecoach rides from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4:00 p.m. Sundays.  Beyond regular hours, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm offers many special events throughout the summer. 

  • Family Fun Nights – Mahaffie is open from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday nights in June and July.  Each week, visitors will enjoy a variety of activities focused on a different historic theme.  This event features free admission; special activities like stagecoach rides are $2/person.  This summer’s themes are: Kansas Cowboys - June 5; Draft Power – June 12; Border War - June 19; Hit the Trail!  – June 25; Civil War - July 10; Kansas Wheat Harvest or the Wonders of Victorian Science July 17 or July 24 (depending on crop readiness) and County Fair - July 31.
  • 19th Century Fireworks and Olathe Civic Band Concert - Thursday, July 3; 6:00 p.m.
    In conjunction with the grand opening of the Olathe Community Center, enjoy 19th Century fireworks to conclude the Celebrate Olathe! event. Join the Olathe Civic Band for a concert at 7:30 p.m. followed by 19th century fireworks by the Olathe Fire Department.  Show your American pride and bring your decorated bike/stroller/wagon along with your lawn chairs, blanket and picnic dinner to enjoy this patriotic celebration.  Fireworks will begin at dark.  Free admission; special activities like stagecoach rides are $2/person. 
  • Day Out with Frank and Ella – Preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals are invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Sessions are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in June and July. Participants will enjoy a different theme each week with hands on activities, crafts and a stagecoach ride (paying youth only). Registration is encouraged but not required. To register call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free. 

Get Financially Prepared:  Take Steps Ahead of Disaster
Released May 19, 2014
Learn how to be financially prepared ahead of a disaster during a special presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  Be prepared by creating a household inventory, reviewing your insurance coverage and preparing a grab-and-go box of important documents.  Register on the Olathe Public Library website’s events page or call 913-971-6888.


Olathe Public Library Summer Reading Kick-Off
Released May 19, 2014
All ages are invited to the Olathe Library Summer Reading Kick-Off on Tuesday, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Frontier Park (Black Bob Road and Indian Creek Parkway).  Pick up summer reading folders and enjoy a variety of games and other fun activities. Lenexa Sertoma Club will sell pizza, hot dogs, and soft drinks as a fundraiser for a hearing loop for the hearing impaired to be installed at the Indian Creek Branch meeting room.  The Olathe Noon Optimist Club will provide free water.  In case of rain, the event will be canceled.


Summer Reading Kick-Off Book Sale
Released May 19, 2014
The Friends of the Olathe Public Library will host a book sale at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27 and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28.  On Wednesday, the doors to the sale will close from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and reopen for the “Six Bucks a Sack” Sale from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Purchase a sack at the door to fill with materials for only $6. Buy two bags, get two free!  All sales are final and cash and check are accepted.  Due to space limitations, no strollers or book carts are allowed in the room.

All materials are sorted by categories.  Choose from children/teens, travel, nature, inspiration, mystery, fiction, gardening, cookbooks, romance, science fiction, classics, health, biography, history and a large selection of children and adult DVDs and videos.  All sales are final and cash and checks are accepted.  All Friends of the Olathe Public Library members receive $1 off their purchases (one time use per sale and not valid at the sack sale.)


This Edition of e-News - May 12, 2014:

  • Olathe Pools Open May 24
  • Parks & Recreation Seasonal Positions Available
  • Parker Street to Close Beginning May 27
  • Sunflower Wickets Mahaffie Croquet Tournament June 6: Teams Forming Now!

City Council
Released May 12, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, May 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.


Olathe Pools Open May 24
Released May 12, 2014
The City of Olathe will open its pool season Saturday, May 24 at 12:30 p.m. Black Bob Bay, Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail will operate daily from 12:30 - 8:00 p.m. Mill Creek Pool is open Monday – Friday from 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. and 12:30 – 8:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday. 

It is not too late to get your season pass! 2014 memberships are still available. Visit the Olathe Parks & Recreation office at City Hall, 100 E Santa Fe, during extended hours on Saturday, May 17 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

For more information about City pools and special events, swim times and costs, visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec or call Nichole Asquith at 913-971-8643. 


Parks & Recreation Seasonal Positions Available
Released May 12, 2014
Olathe Parks & Recreation is looking for great employees to fill summer positions. From our pools to our parks, the Olathe Parks & Recreation team is one of the best to work with each year. Check out available positions on the Job Opportunities  webpage.


Parker Street to Close Beginning May 27
Released May 12, 2014
Beginning May 27, Parker Street will close between 122nd Street to 122nd Terrace in order to remove the existing bridge, begin utility relocates and street reconstruction.  Detours and message boards will be provided.


Sunflower Wickets Mahaffie Croquet Tournament June 6: Teams Forming Now!
Released May 12, 2014
Teams are forming now for the fifth annual Mahaffie Sunflower Wickets croquet tournament.  This unique event is hosted by the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Foundation in support of the preservation, programming and promotion of the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site located at 1200 Kansas City Road in Olathe. Croquet was a popular and inexpensive sport throughout the country in the mid-19th century.

Sunflower Wickets will be held Friday, June 6, at the new Olathe Community Center, located across the street from the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Historic Site. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. followed by Croquet play from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wicked Wickets Happy Hour runs from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the presentation of awards at 4:00 p.m.

Tables of eight are available and two-person teams are now forming.  For more information about forming a team or tournament sponsorship opportunities, visit Mahaffie.org, contact Mahaffie at (913) 971-5111 or email Mahaffie@olatheks.org.

Special thanks to Kactus Creek Croquet Club and the Missouri Croquet Association for their assistance with the event.


This Edition of e-News - May 5, 2014:

  • Sunflower Wickets Mahaffie Croquet Tournament June 6: Teams Forming Now!
  • Budget Office Launches Online Engagement Tool
  • Celebrate Safe Drinking Water May 4-10
  • Quivira Mill and Overlay Project Begins May 5
  • Cedar Street to Close Beginning May 5
  • Santa Fe Bridge over I-35 to Close May 11
  • Friends of Kansas Libraries Individual Friend Award

City Council
Released May 5, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, May 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.


Sunflower Wickets Mahaffie Croquet Tournament June 6: Teams Forming Now!
Released May 5, 2014
Teams are forming now for the fifth annual Mahaffie Sunflower Wickets croquet tournament.  This unique event is hosted by the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Foundation in support of the preservation, programming and promotion of the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site located at 1200 Kansas City Road in Olathe. Croquet was a popular and inexpensive sport throughout the country in the mid-19th century.

Sunflower Wickets will be held Friday, June 6, at the new Olathe Community Center, located across the street from the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Historic Site. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. followed by Croquet play from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wicked Wickets Happy Hour runs from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the presentation of awards at 4:00 p.m.

Tables of eight are available and two-person teams are now forming.  For more information about forming a team or tournament sponsorship opportunities, visit Mahaffie.org, contact Mahaffie at (913) 971-5111 or email Mahaffie@olatheks.org.

Special thanks to Kactus Creek Croquet Club and the Missouri Croquet Association for their assistance with the event.


Budget Office Launches Online Engagement Tool
Released May 5, 2014
The City of Olathe Budget Division invites citizens to visit the Budget Inquiry Box and submit questions regarding the 2015 budget process. The questions and answers will be posted online for viewing. The City of Olathe welcomes your participation in the budget process!


Celebrate Safe Drinking Water May 4-10
Released May 5, 2014
For more than 35 years, water utilities across the country have joined the American Water Works Association during the month of May to celebrate the important role of drinking water.  Our water systems are critical to maintaining public health, economic vitality, fire protection and quality of life.

The City of Olathe recognizes the vital role that water plays in our daily lives.  And, producing safe drinking water is our number one priority. Olathe’s drinking water consistently meets or exceeds all state and federal standards for safe drinking water. The City’s Water Production Division runs hundreds of tests a day to ensure your water is safe.  These tests are conducted throughout Olathe’s water system – from the source of the water supply to the tap in your home

The City’s Annual Water Report includes details about the source of our drinking water, what it contains and how it measures up to regulatory standards.  A copy of the 2014 report is now available online at OlatheKS.org/OMS/Water/Quality.


Quivira Mill and Overlay Project Begins May 5
Released May 5, 2014
The Quivira Mill and Overlay Project from 143rd Street to 151st Street in Olathe will begin the week of May 5. Drivers should expect lane reductions and minimal delays for the duration of the project. The project is estimated to be completed in approximately four weeks, weather permitting. Residents can view the current status of construction on the Construction Projects Map at OlatheKS.org.


Cedar Street to Close Beginning May 5
Released May 5, 2014
Beginning Monday, May 5, Cedar Street from Kansas Avenue to 60 feet east will be closed for a waterline project. Message boards and detours will be provided.  The work is scheduled to be completed within two weeks, weather permitting.


Santa Fe Bridge over I-35 to Close May 11
Released May 5, 2014
The Santa Fe Bridge over I-35 in Olathe will be closed in both directions on Sunday, May 11 from 2:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for expansion joint repairs. Detours and message boards will be provided.  Drivers are advised to avoid this area next Sunday morning.


Friends of Kansas Libraries Individual Friend Award
Released May 5, 2014
Sharon Markey, Friends of the Olathe Public Library (OPL) member, recently received the Individual Friend Award from the Friends of the Kansas Library. A $100 cash award was presented to the OPL Friends organization and she will be recognized at the Kansas Library Association Conference this fall.

Sharon began helping the Friends group nearly 20 years ago. Over the years, her husband and ten children have also volunteered at book sales, helping with library programs and/or working in the library.

As a member of the Friends organization and Friends board for many years, she is committed to making the Friends of Olathe Public Library organization recognized and respected in the Olathe community.

Sharon is the founder and motivator of the successful Novel Tea event. She garners sponsors who set a table for eight and decorate tables based on favorite novels. The popular event sells out quickly. Proceeds help fund the $500 Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a high school senior who has volunteered at least 40 hours at the library.

Sharon has also contributed to events at the Olathe Farmers’ Market, through the Olathe Public Schools and during National Friends of the Library month.