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Meadow Lane Trail

The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department was awarded 2016-2017 Kansas Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds through the Active Transportation Programming Committee of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) in July 2014. Funding in the amount of $1,038,000 will provide 80% of the construction cost of Meadow Lane Trail.

Construction is expected to begin in late Fall 2017 and be completed in late 2018. The trail consists of two segments: the first will begin just south of the Kansas State University Bioscience Center in the Stratton Oaks Subdivision and run north and east to the Gary Haller Trail accessed off of College Blvd. The second segment is a widening of the sidewalk on the east side of Ridgeview Road to 106th Street, then running west on 106th Street and connecting into the Gary Haller Trail. Total length of the trail will be approximately 4 miles.

For questions or comments, please contact Michael Latka, 913-971-8659 or mlatka@olatheks.org.

Lake Olathe Park Phase I

The master plan for Lake Olathe Park was approved by City Council in September 2016. Land acquisition is complete, bringing the total acreage of the park to 258 acres. The following properties were purchased as part of the acquisition: 

  • 0.93 acres at 24125 W. 135th Street
  • 21.62 acres just east of 24125 W. 135th Street
  • 0.767 acres at 2400 W. Golf Course Road
  • 1.69 acres at 2350 W. Golf Course Road
  • 2.04 acres at 2402 W. Dennis Avenue
  • 1.50 acres at 2400 W. Dennis Avenue
  • 9.79 acres at 143rd Street and Lakeshore Drive

The City is in the process of determining future use for these properties.

Phase I Design Development is currently underway, and construction is anticipated to begin in late 2017 or early 2018. A local landscape architecture firm has been hired to prepare these plans. 

Planned Phase I improvements include:

  • Gateway entrances off of Santa Fe Street and Dennis Avenue
  • Beaver Shelter improvements with restroom facilities
  • Destination playground near Beaver Shelter
  • Swimming beach
  • Marina and aquatics learning area
  • 4 miles of accessible hard and soft surface trails
  • The Landing (a 6,500 square foot rentable building located along the east side of the lake)
  • Amphitheater
  • Botanical gardens
  • Sprayground
  • Pond and waterfall
  • Special events plaza
  • Dock and fishing pavilion
  • Cedar Creek Trail connection
  • Roadway and parking lot improvements
  • Utility extensions (sewer, water, and electrical)
  • Forebay construction to improve water quality
  • Ropes course and zip line
  • Disc golf course renovations
  • Restrooms in several key areas of the park

Phase I construction for Lake Olathe and the Cedar Creek Trail combined is anticipated to cost just under $15 million dollars.

Cedar Lake Park Phase I

The master plan for Cedar Lake Park was approved by City Council in September 2016.

Due to pending dam replacement, Cedar Lake Park improvements are anticipated to take place in 2020. The City's construction crew will be performing repairs to the park in 2018-2019 including: 

  • Removal of the restroom structure
  • Refurbishment of shelters
  • Removal of unnecessary gravel roads
  • Installation of trail following lake edge

Planned Phase I improvements beginning in 2020 include:

  • 1.75 miles of hard surface trail
  • Cedar Creek Trail connection
  • Forebay construction for improved water quality
  • Shoreline restoration
  • Utility extensions (sewer, water, and electrical)
  • Roadway and parking lot improvements
  • Gateway entrance

Cedar Creek Trail

The master plan for Cedar Creek Trail was approved by City Council in September 2016. Land acquisition is complete, Design Development is currently underway, and construction is anticipated to begin in Fall 2019. A local landscape architecture firm has been hired to prepare these plans. 

Plans for Cedar Creek Trail include:

  • 2.34 miles of ten foot wide hard surface trail
  • Connections to Cedar Lake and Lake Olathe Parks
  • Several creek crossings
  • Railway underpass
  • Highway underpass

Phase I construction for Lake Olathe and the Cedar Creek Trail combined is anticipated to cost just under $15 million dollars.

Settlers Park

A public meeting was held in early 2017 at the Olathe Community Center. The meeting covered the layout, design, and construction schedule for the park and allowed attendees to give their input on park design. Plans are currently being developed, and construction is anticipated to begin in late 2017 or spring of 2018  The park was designed in house by the City’s landscape architects and will be built by the City’s construction crew. Construction for Settlers Park will begin once the construction crew begins to wind down on several other current projects.

Settlers Park Presentation

Water Works Park

The shelter at Water Works Park is currently closed. Renovations to the shelter are expected to begin in Fall 2017, and completion is anticipated in early Spring 2018.  The shelter renovations will be completed by the City’s construction crew.

Playground Renovations

Several playgrounds are anticipated to be upgraded in 2017-2018. These may include playgrounds at Frisco Lake Park and Fairview Park.

Park Site Plans

Updated site plans have been developed for Black Bob Park, Prairie Center Park, Olathe Girls Softball Complex, and Lone Elm Park. Improvements to these parks will be included in the 5-year Parks Capital Improvements Program (CIP). The Parks Department is currently evaluating phasing options with available dollars.

Lone Elm Park Phase II

In 2016, Land3 consulting was hired by the City to provide an updated site plan for Lone Elm Park. The City is in the process of hiring a consultant to assist with design and construction document preparations for the following areas identified in the site plan:

  • Rendezvous Area: New restroom, playground, and shelter
  • Soccer Area: New restroom and review of parking configuration
    • Construction of the soccer area restroom is anticipated to be completed by Spring 2018
  • Softball Area: Tie into existing sewer and abandon existing septic system, new shade structure/shelter, and new playground

Mahaffie Shelter

A site plan was completed in early 2016 to guide future improvements at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm.  A shelter structure was identified as an immediate need on the site as the tent structure used previously was in disrepair. The shelter will seat approximately 240 people and is 45’ x 80’ in size. This large open shelter will be rentable and also used for school courses or other programs conducted at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm.  Construction of the shelter is currently underway by the City’s construction crew, and completion is anticipated in Fall 2017.

Strata Architecture + Preservation was hired to oversee the design and construction of the structure. The Pavilion meets all historic guidelines, safety standards, and ADA accessibility requirements, and the design complements the historic setting. 

Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Options are currently being evaluated for renovations to the outdoor fitness equipment at Frisco Lake Park in 2017-2018. Renovations at other park locations may take place in subsequent years.

Bike Share Feasibility Study

The Parks Department is in the early stages of a study regarding implementation of a bike share program in Olathe. This study will identify the feasibility of a bike share program for the city, show types of bike share programs that have been successful in similar-sized cities throughout the country, recommend what type of bike share may work for the City of Olathe, establish best locations for bike share facilities within city limits, and identify the costs (both maintenance and operational) associated with the program recommended for the city.  This study will utilize grant funding from the Planning Sustainable Places program through Mid-America Regional Council. A final report is anticipated in early 2018.

Interested community members have an opportunity to share their thoughts about locations for bike sharing, as well as routes that are comfortable or difficult to ride, by visiting OlatheBikeShare.com. Users can simply drop a pin on the map where they think a bike share station would be useful, draw a line for suggested routes, and provide comments. Community feedback will provide detailed information that City staff, elected officials, and area organizations will use in evaluating a bike share program in Olathe.

Additional Resource

Parks & Recreation Master Plan 

Contact Parks – Trails Projects at OlatheConnect or call Michael Latka at 913-971-8659 for additional information.

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