Olathe's Growth

Accessible Dock at Lake Olathe

Lake Olathe will soon receive an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant, fully accessible dock to provide fishing access primarily for the disabled and elderly population. Lake Olathe has scenic but difficult terrain for people with disabilities. The new dock, made possible by a $39,000 Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Community Fisheries Assistance Program grant, will help overcome that barrier. Read more »

City Council Adopts Comprehensive Plan

The Olathe City Council adopted the Comprehensive Plan at the October 5 City Council meeting. The Plan documents the community's vision for how Olathe will grow and develop today and in the future, and influences policies that have a direct bearing on the quality of life that citizens enjoy in Olathe. The adopted Plan is available online at

Fall Events at Mahaffie

Join the Fall Harvest at Mahaffie in October

Disability Mentoring Day Registration Begins


Last year, nearly 30 employers and/or organizations and over 350 individuals participated in the Greater Kansas City Disability Mentoring Day and Job Fair, sponsored by the City of Olathe and the Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board. This year’s event will take place at the Bell Cultural Center, 2030 E. College Way, on the Mid America Nazarene University campus. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m.

Wastewater Collection Program Recognized

The City of Olathe Wastewater Collection Program has been awarded the Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) Collection Systems Award.

The award is presented to municipalities for outstanding and significant contributions in the area of wastewater collection.

Since 2002, the City of Olathe Wastewater Collection Program has received this honor seven times.

Original Town Street Sign Toppers Unveiled

The City of Olathe will unveil the new Original Town Street Sign Topper Pilot Program at Johnson County Old Settlers beginning September 9. Signs will be placed at six different locations in downtown prior to the annual celebration.

In conjunction with the Original Town Enhancement Program, the Sign Topper Pilot Program is available to neighborhoods in Olathe’s Original Town area. Applications to purchase signs will be available at the Central Core Neighborhood booth.

Traffic Management at Secondary Schools

City staff is monitoring traffic at area secondary schools to consider options to improve the traffic flow. 

With new students at all junior high schools and senior high schools, drivers are developing a familiarity for the traffic flows during the first few days of the school year and steps have been made for improvement.  Those steps include:

  • adding dedicated parent drop-off lanes
  • separating the bus and parent/student traffic
  • installing additional signage to guide drivers (which will be monitored for size and height adjustment as ne

Public Library Announces New Hours

Both Olathe libraries will adopt new hours effective August 22. The Olathe Public Library and the Indian Creek Branch will be open Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library’s website is

Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board Receives Honor

The Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board (PDAB) has received the 2010 Michael Lechner Award for excellence in advocacy on behalf of disabled citizens by the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns.

The award honors Michael Lechner, now deceased, who served as Executive Director of the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns for many years and was known for his outstanding advocacy on behalf of disabled Kansans.

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