Olathe’s best kept secret lies on the eastern edge of the city limits. Heatherstone Park is tucked away along Pflumm Road between 119th and 127th streets. Chances are, people drive by it frequently and may not even realize it is there. However, this neighborhood park is worth finding and has much to offer.
The nearly 10 acre park was acquired in 1995 and construction began shortly afterwards. The park features a ½ mile trail loop with exercise stations, a picnic shelter and a playground. The park also includes a pond with a large fishing platform deck, which makes for a great place to take children fishing. The pond is stocked multiple times annually with Channel Catfish and contains good populations of naturally reproducing bluegill and largemouth bass.
The park is set in a very natural setting. The loop trail circles a native prairie area featuring wildflowers and grasses. Visitors using the exercise stations, jogging, biking, or out for a leisurely stroll will get a sense that they are doing so out in nature. A path that bisects the loop is lined with mature pin oak trees adding to the beautiful scenery within this park. The diversity of the natural elements within the park also makes it a great location for wildlife watching particularly for various birds, butterflies, or aquatic inhabitants such as turtles and frogs.
The park is located at 12310 S. Pflumm Road, but the best place to access the park is by finding legal parking locations within the Heatherstone neighborhood along 123rd street and walking into the park from the sidewalk east of the elementary school and west of the park. The park may be hard to access, but this “hidden gem” will be worth the effort!