July 4 holiday schedule for City facilities, library, pools

City offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, to mark the Independence Day holiday.  Residential trash and recycling collection will remain on schedule.  The Olathe Downtown Library will be closed. The Olathe Community Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The four outdoor pools (Mill Creek, Frontier, Oregon Trail, and Black Bob Bay) will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Olathe – Red, White & Blue

Mark your calendars for Olathe – Red, White and Blue, a week filled with fireworks, music, and fun. 

Fourth of July fireworks show moves to new location

Enjoy the annual City of Olathe Fireworks Show at the College Boulevard Activity Complex (CBAC), 11031 S. Valley Parkway, at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4. 

The Bang on Fireworks

The possession, sale or use of fireworks in Olathe is prohibited in an effort to keep families safe.Some sparklers, a holiday favorite, burn at temperatures up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, which is as hot as volcano lava.  “Let’s help ensure a safe and patriotic holiday by leaving fireworks to the professionals,” said Olathe Fire Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid.

Black Bob Bay will close early for swim meet on July 5

Black Bob Bay will host the Olathe Cyclones swim meet on Tuesday, July 5. The pool will close to the public at 5 p.m.


Upcoming 2017 budget workshops

The Olathe City Council will hold workshops to review the 2017 conditionally approved budget at Council meetings on July 5 and July 19 at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber. The City of Olathe operates under a two-year budget term, which allows for better long-range planning and enhanced program analysis.

Olathe plants gardens to aid in protection of Monarch butterfly population

Visitors to Water Works Park, Parkview Manor, and the community gardens may notice a few more monarch butterflies during their visit this summer. A total of 55 new butterfly-friendly plants have been planted around the community thanks to a donation from Bridging the Gap in Kansas City. 

Mobile Integrated Healthcare Network receives top award for innovation

The City of Olathe Fire Department Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) Network received the 2016 Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence in Local Government from the Alliance for Innovation. The prestigious award was presented at the annual Transforming Local Government Conference held in St. Paul, Minn. June 15-17.

911 trail markers increase safety on city trails

Olathe residents and visitors using the city’s trail system now have another tool to keep them safe. The City of Olathe has installed new 911 trail markers every two-tenths of a mile throughout the 23 mile trail system. 

City of Olathe receives recognition for communication efforts

The City of Olathe received two Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards from the National Association of Government Communicators at its annual Communications School June 7-9 in Washington D.C. The 2015 Budget Infographic received an Award of Excellence in the Infographic category. The Diverging Diamond Interchange video also received an Award of Excellence in the Educational Programs category.

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