Olathe News Briefs

 

This Edition of e-News - May 28, 2013:

  • 14th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 8
  • 127th Street Improvements Underway
  • Resident Input Sought for Olathe’s Historic Preservation Plan
  • Get Active Community Challenge
  • Mahaffie Participates in the Blue Star Museums Program
  • Youth Volunteer Week Offers Several Service Opportunities
  • Camps Bring Summer to Life!
  • Touch-A-Truck, ETC Partners with Childhood Cancer Walk June 8
  • Summer Reading Kick-Off and Book Sale

City Council
Released May 28, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 4 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.


14th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 8
Released May 28, 2013
The City of Olathe is proud to present the 2013 FREE Summer Concert Series. Families and music enthusiasts will enjoy award-winning entertainment on select Fridays throughout the summer at Frontier Park. 

The season kicks off on Friday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. with local favorite Monster’s Ink. Then, Sam Bush takes center stage bringing his bluegrass sound back to Olathe. A founding member of the New Grass Revival, Bush has been called a modern day Bill Monroe.  Throughout his career, he has acknowledged tradition while pushing mountain music into the realms of rock, jazz, reggae, and Afro-pop. He has shared a stage with some of the biggest names in acoustic and folk music, including Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and David Grisman.

Arrive early for best seating and to visit the concession stand (all proceeds go to local charity) and sponsor booths.

Visit Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series for the full series schedule.


127th Street Improvements Underway
Released May 28, 2013
Phase II of the 127th Street Improvement Project – from Black Bob to Olathe East High School entrance – is scheduled to get underway May 28. The project involves a full road closure, scheduled to reopen prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year. Detours will be provided during this time.  

This project will also require closure of portions of the Indian Creek Trail.  Trail users are encouraged to follow detours throughout the duration of the project.

Thank you for your patience while we work toward an improved roadway system and trail connection on 127th Street.

For a complete list of weekly Road Closings, visit www.OlatheKS.org.


Resident Input Sought for Olathe’s Historic Preservation Plan
Released May 28, 2013
The City of Olathe is interested in hearing what "Historic Olathe" means to you. Share your thoughts and comments: www.surveymonkey.com/s/olathepreservation. Survey data will help shape the Olathe Historic Preservation Plan.  For more information about the preservation plan and process, please email olathehpp@rosinpreservation.com.


Get Active Community Challenge
Released May 28, 2013
Olathe Parks and Recreation (OPR), in partnership with Garmin International, is excited to introduce a new community challenge.  The Get Active challenge is an eight week program designed to get the community into the Olathe parks and recreation system to discover all that Olathe has to offer.

Each week presents a new set of challenges for participants with the potential to win great prizes upon program completion. While registration is not required, those that do register will receive a free T-shirt on June 24.

Participants can register in one of three ways:

  • Register and pick up a packet in person at the OPR office, 100 E. Santa Fe.
  • Register online and print the guide.
  • Call the OPR office at 971-8643 and print the guide online.

To learn more about the challenge, including registration and rules, visit OlatheKS.org/ParksrRec/GetActive or call 971-8643.


Mahaffie Participates in the Blue Star Museums Program
Released May 28, 2013
The summer season has officially started at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road. This summer, Mahaffie will participate in the Blue Star Museums Program. Now through Labor Day, active military families will enjoy free admission for up to five family members. Mahaffie will offer 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. on Sundays.  The Blue Star Museums program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2000 museums across America.

Special summer events at Mahaffie include:

  • Family Fun Nights – Mahaffie is open 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday nights in June and July.  Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities focused on a historic theme.  This event features free admission; special activities like stagecoach rides are $2/person.  Themes include: Horse Power - June 6; Civil War – June 13; Hit the Trails! - June 20; Kansas Cowboys – July 11; Kansas Wheat Harvest - July 18 and Fun on the Farm - July 25.
  • Day Out with Frank and Ella – Preschools, daycares, and other youth groups or individuals are invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Sessions are Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon or Thursdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. in June and July. Participants will enjoy a different theme each week with hands-on activities, crafts and stagecoach rides (paying youth only). Registration is encouraged but not required. To register call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free. 

Youth Volunteer Week Offers Several Service Opportunities
Released May 28, 2013
Olathe Parks and Recreation is gearing up for Youth Volunteer Week, June 3-7. This program is designed for middle school and high school students to get out in the parks and earn service hours. Projects and location sites will vary each day. Volunteers will meet at the project site each morning at 8:00 a.m. and finish at noon.  Volunteers should wear old clothes and sturdy, closed-toe shoes (No flip flops or sandals). 

To register, call the Parks and Recreation office at 913-971-8563 and provide the registration code for the date(s) you wish to volunteer: 

Youth Volunteer Week Schedule:

Monday, June 3, 2013
Registration Code: 23724

Prairie Center Park, 555 N. Olathe View Road, (meet at the playground)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Registration Code: 23735

Olathe Memorial Cemetery, 738 N. Chestnut, (meet at the Chapel)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Registration Code: 23736

Olathe Memorial Cemetery, 738 N. Chestnut, (meet at the Chapel)

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Registration Code: 23737

Black Bob Park, 14500 W. 151st St., (meet at the concession building on the left after entering the park)

Friday, June 7, 2013
Registration Code: 23738

Two Trails Park, 1000 N. Ridgeview, (meet in the parking lot)


Camps Bring Summer to Life!
Released May 28, 2013
Don't miss the variety of theatre, science and technology camps offered through Olathe Parks & Recreation and participating partners this summer!  Whether you are looking to fill a week or a day, there is plenty to choose from. Your child will be able to show off many talents and gain skills from great instructors. This is will be a summer your child will never forget!  Be sure to check out the Olathe Parks & Rec Online Activity Guide for the most up-to-date information on camp descriptions, times, and dates.  Some camps start as early as June 1st, get signed up today!

For more information call 971-8643 or visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec


Touch-A-Truck, ETC Partners with Childhood Cancer Walk June 8
Released May 28, 2013
Touch-A-Truck, ETC is back on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Frontier Park. The second annual event is in conjunction with Braden’s Hope Walk for Childhood Cancer. Kids of all ages will get a thrill out of watching the trash truck, climbing up on a tree spade or sitting in a stagecoach. Touch-A-Truck is open to the public and those interested in participating in the walk can register at the event.
 


Summer Reading Kick-Off and Book Sale
Released May 28, 2013
Enjoy the Olathe Public Library reading kick-off event from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 28 at Frontier Park (Black Bob Road and Indian Creek Parkway) in Olathe.  Pick up your summer reading folder and enjoy a variety of activities including games, crafts, temporary tattoos and more.  In case of rain, the event will be canceled.

Attend the kick-off and then visit the book sale just down the street at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road. The sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29.  Doors to the sale will close from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday and open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the “Six Bucks a Sack” sale.  Purchase a plastic bag for $6 at the door and fill with materials.  Buy two, get two free.  All sales are final with payment by cash or check.  Due to space limitations, no strollers or book carts are allowed in the room.

Choose from a variety of genres including  brand new MP3 CDs, fiction, romance, children/teen, mystery, science fiction, inspiration, reference, poetry/arts, cookbooks, CDs, DVDs, videos, books on CD, classics, gardening, sports, travel, large print, sewing/crafts, family, nature, horror and much more.  All materials are sorted by categories.


This Edition of e-News - May 20, 2013:

  • Memorial Day Closures
  • Storm Debris Pick-up
  • Click it or Ticket Enforcement Begins May 20
  • Pools Open for 2013 Season
  • Youth Volunteer Week Offers Several Service Opportunities
  • Keep Kids Busy this Summer
  • Fundraising Event for Mahaffie
  • Mahaffie Summer Season Promotes Family Fun
  • Summer Reading Kick-Off and Book Sale

City Council
Released May 20, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, May 21 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.


Memorial Day Closures
Released May 20, 2013
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day Holiday.  Trash and recycling collection will not be impacted.

The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park and the Indian Creek Branch, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, will be closed Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27.


Storm Debris Pick-up
Released May 20, 2013
Due to Sunday’s storms, the City of Olathe will take bulk pick-up requests for storm debris collection this week only.  The free bulk pick-up service will occur on your regular collection day. Customers with a Monday collection day will be serviced on Monday (5/27).  Those requesting a specific collection day will be charged the regular bulk pick-up rate. Call Customer Service at 913-971-9311 to make arrangements for your storm debris pick-up, or visit CitizenConnect.

For more information on yard waste collection or compost facility hours of operation, visit www.olatheks.org/OMS/YardWaste.


Click it or Ticket Enforcement Begins May 20
Released May 20, 2013
From May 20-June 2, drivers can expect increased police presence on Olathe’s streets as the Olathe Police Department joins over 150 law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2013 Kansas Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement campaign. This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Expect strict enforcement of the Safety Belt Use and Child Passenger Safety Acts.  Briefly, these acts require that all occupants must be appropriately restrained. Occupants, ages 14 and over are cited individually. In the event that a passenger under the age of 14 is unrestrained, the driver will be cited. Children under the age of 4 must be secured in an approved child safety seat. Children ages 4 through 7 must be securely belted in an approved booster seat unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds. Children ages 8 through 13 must be safety-belted. In addition, the act prohibits persons under the age of 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup bed.

The aim of Click It or Ticket is simple: to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes. According to KDOT’s Traffic Safety section, over two thirds of those killed in crashes are not belted. Just as striking is the fact that about 89 percent of crash survivors who suffer no injuries at all are belted. In other words, an unrestrained occupant has only about an 11% chance of not being injured in a crash. All for simply not taking two seconds to buckle up.


Pools Open for 2013 Season
Released May 20, 2013
The City of Olathe will open its pools on Saturday, May 25 at 12:30 p.m.  Black Bob Bay, Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail will operate daily from 12:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mill Creek Pool is open Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 8:00 pm. Several popular events will return including Camp Out at the Bay on June 15, Me & Mini Me Swim (formerly Parent/Tot Swim) at Oregon Trail and Black Bob Bay and the River Walk at Black Bob Bay.

For more information about pool special events, swim times and admission, visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec or contact Nichole Asquith at 913-971-8643. 


Youth Volunteer Week Offers Several Service Opportunities
Released May 20, 2013
Olathe Parks and Recreation is gearing up for Youth Volunteer Week, June 3-7. This program is designed for middle school and high school students to get out in the parks and earn service hours. Projects and location sites will vary each day. Volunteers will meet at the project site each morning at 8:00 a.m. and will finish at noon.  Volunteers should wear old clothes and sturdy, closed-toe shoes (No flip flops or sandals). 

To register, call the Parks and Recreation office at 913-971-8563 and provide the registration code for the date(s) you wish to volunteer:

Youth Volunteer Week Schedule:

Monday, June 3, 2013
Registration Code: 23724

Prairie Center Park, 555 N. Olathe View Road, (meet at the playground)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Registration Code: 23735

Olathe Memorial Cemetery, 738 N. Chestnut, (meet at the Chapel)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Registration Code: 23736

Olathe Memorial Cemetery, 738 N. Chestnut, (meet at the Chapel)

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Registration Code: 23737

Black Bob Park, 14500 W. 151st St., (meet at the concession building on the left after entering the park)

Friday, June 7, 2013
Registration Code: 23738

Two Trails Park, 1000 N. Ridgeview, (meet in the parking lot)


Keep Kids Busy this Summer
Released May 20, 2013
Summer program enrollment is underway for numerous activities in Olathe.  Programs range from sports to science with great activities to fit a variety of interests throughout the summer. To learn more, visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec  or call 971-8563 to register.  Deadlines are approaching quickly.


Support Mahaffie Wednesday May 22 at Chick-fil-A Olathe
Released May 20, 2013
Chick-fil-A, 12087 Black Bob Road in Olathe, is hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday May 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Fifteen percent of restaurant proceeds will be donated to Sunflower Wickets to support Mahaffie programming and preservation.  Mahaffie staff will be on hand with one of the farm animals to promote Mahaffie summer programs.


Mahaffie Summer Season Promotes Family Fun
Released May 20, 2013
The summer season officially begins at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, on Friday, May 24.  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. on Sundays.  Beyond regular hours, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm offers many special events throughout the summer. 

  • Family Fun Nights – Mahaffie is open 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday nights in June and July.  Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities focused on a historic theme.  This event features free admission; special activities like stagecoach rides are $2/person.  Themes include: Horse Power - June 6; Civil War – June 13; Hit the Trails! - June 20; Kansas Cowboys – July 11; Kansas Wheat Harvest - July 18 and Fun on the Farm - July 25.
  • 19th Century Fireworks and Olathe Civic Band Concert - Thursday, June 27; 6:00 p.m.
    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.  Bring 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, daycares, and other youth groups or individuals are invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Sessions are Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon or Thursdays from noon to 3:00 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. 

Summer Reading Kick-Off and Book Sale
Released May 20, 2013
Enjoy the Olathe Public Library reading kick-off event from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 28 at Frontier Park (Black Bob Road and Indian Creek Parkway) in Olathe.  Pick up your summer reading folder and enjoy a variety of activities including games, crafts, temporary tattoos and more.  In case of rain, the event will be canceled.

Attend the kick-off and then visit the book sale just down the street at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road. The sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29.  Doors to the sale will close from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday and open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the “Six Bucks a Sack” sale.  Purchase a plastic bag for $6 at the door and fill with materials.  Buy two, get two free.  All sales are final with payment by cash or check.  Due to space limitations, no strollers or book carts are allowed in the room.

Choose from a variety of genres including  brand new MP3 CDs, fiction, romance, children/teen, mystery, science fiction, inspiration, reference, poetry/arts, cookbooks, CDs, DVDs, videos, books on CD, classics, gardening, sports, travel, large print, sewing/crafts, family, nature, horror and much more.  All materials are sorted by categories.


This Edition of e-News - May 13, 2103:

  • Indian Creek Trail Detours
  • Keep Kids Busy this Summer
  • Historic Preservation Plan Public Meeting
  • Water Quality Report Available On-line
  • Fundraising Event for Mahaffie
  • Spots Still Available for Mahaffie Fundraising Croquet Tourney

City Council
Released May 13, 2013

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.


Indian Creek Trail Detour Planned
Released May 13, 2013
Beginning in early June, sections of Indian Creek trail between Black Bob and Pflumm will be closed to accommodate construction of the 127th Street Improvement project.  Detours will be provided.  Trail users are asked to follow the detour signs and use extra caution in and around the detour areas. The project is planned to begin June 3 and expected to last 18 months. Additional questions can be directed to Therese Mersmann, project manager in Public Works, 913-971-9032.


Keep Kids Busy This Summer
Released May 13, 2013
Summer program enrollment is underway for numerous activities in Olathe.  Programs range from sports to science with great activities to fit a variety of interests throughout the summer. To learn more, visit www.olatheks.org/parksrec  or call 971-8563 to register.  Deadlines are approaching quickly.


Historic Preservation Plan Public Meeting, Wednesday, May 15
Released May 13, 2013
The public is invited to provide input and establish goals for the historic preservation element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Heritage Center at Mahaffie, 1200 E Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS 66061.

Rosin Preservation and DRAW Architects will facilitate the meeting, which will kick-off the planning process sponsored by the City of Olathe and the Olathe Historic Preservation Board.

Scheduled to be completed by the end of September, an additional public meeting will be scheduled this summer.  City staff, administrators and a steering committee will also engage to gain more feedback as the plan progresses.

For questions about the public meeting, or more information regarding the historic preservation element or the planning process, contact Public Works Customer Outreach Coordinator Emily Kukal at (913) 971-9069.  Provide input or receive additional information by email at olathehpp@rosinpreservation.com.


2013 Water Quality Report Now Available Online
Released May 13, 2013
The City of Olathe is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Water Quality Report, now available at www.olatheks.org/OMS/Water/Quality.  Each year, the City provides customers with an annual water quality report as assurance that City water meets and exceeds state and federal drinking water quality standards. The report contains important information about the source and quality of the drinking water delivered over the past year.

City water customers can find the web address for online access on their billing statement.  Landlords, businesses, schools and other groups with water users who do not receive a bill directly from the City of Olathe are encouraged to make their stakeholders aware of the report’s availability.

Further information on water quality and the City of Olathe can be found at www.OlatheKS.org.  To request a paper copy, contact Customer Service at 913/971-9311.


Support Mahaffie Wednesday May 22 at Chick fil-A Olathe
Released May 13, 2013
Chick fil A, 12087 Black Bob Road in Olathe, is hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday May 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Fifteen percent of restaurant proceeds will be donated to Sunflower Wickets to support Mahaffie programming and preservation.  Mahaffie staff will be on hand with one of the farm animals to promote Mahaffie summer programs.


Spots Still Available for Mahaffie Croquet Tournament, June 7
Released May 13, 2013
Teams are forming now for the fourth annual Mahaffie Sunflower Wickets croquet tournament on Friday, June 7 at the Olathe North High School soccer fields located near the Mahaffie Historic site.  The event begins at 1:00 p.m. with registration at the Heritage Center followed by Croquet play from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wicked Wickets Happy Hour will be hosted at the Heritage Center from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Prizes are awarded to the top four finishing teams at 4:00 p.m. in the Heritage Center. 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. 

Croquet was a popular inexpensive sport throughout the country in the mid-19th century. For more information about forming a team or tournament sponsorship opportunities visit www.mahaffie.org, email, or call (913) 971-5111.  Special thanks to the Missouri Croquet Association for their assistance with the event.


This Edition of e-News - May 6, 2103:

  • Celebrate Safe Drinking Water May 6-10
  • Teams Forming Now for Mahaffie Croquet Tournament June 7
  • Raven Ridge Park Dedication May 18
  • Residential and Commercial Development on the Rise
  • UDO Development Forum and Public Open House May 8

City Council
Released May 6, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, May 7 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.


Celebrate Safe Drinking Water May 6-10
Released May 6, 2013
For more than 35 years, water utilities across the country have joined the American Water Works Association to celebrate the important role of drinking water during the month of May.  The City of Olathe recognizes the vital role that water plays in our daily lives.  Our water systems are critical to maintaining public health, economic vitality, fire protection and quality of life.

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 individual homes.

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 2013 report is now available online at OlatheKS.org/OMS/Water/Quality.


Teams Forming Now for Mahaffie Croquet Tournament June 7
Released May 6, 2013
Teams are forming now for the fourth 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. 

Sunflower Wickets will be held Friday, June 7 at the Olathe North High School soccer fields located near Mahaffie Historic site.  The event begins at 1:00 p.m. with registration at the Heritage Center followed by Croquet play from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wicked Wickets Happy Hour will be hosted at the Heritage Center from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Prizes are awarded to the top four finishing teams at 4:00 p.m. in the Heritage Center.

Croquet was a popular inexpensive sport throughout the country in the mid-19th century. For more information about forming a team or tournament sponsorship opportunities, visit www.mahaffie.org, email, or call (913) 971-5111.  Special thanks to the Missouri Croquet Association for their assistance with the event.


Raven Ridge Park Dedication May 18
Released May 6, 2013
The City of Olathe will dedicate Raven Ridge Park, located at Harold and Iowa Streets, on Saturday, May 18. The festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with a community bike/walk parade from Ravenwood Elementary, 12211 S. Clinton Street, to Raven Ridge Park.  The park dedication begins at 10:00 a.m. and the event concludes with the judging of decorated bikes at 10:45 a.m. Parking is not available at the park for the event.  For more information, contact Nichole Asquith, 971-8643 or Recreation News.


Residential and Commercial Development on the Rise
Released May 6, 2013
Building permit statistics for the first quarter of 2013 indicate a large increase in the number of commercial and residential single-family permits. The City issued 126 residential permits in the first quarter, adding 351 new residents and increasing the overall population of Olathe to 128,914.  In addition, commercial permits issued totaled more than 124,000 square feet with a construction value of $5.8 million.  Projects resulting from those building permits include Academy Sports, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, Dunkin’ Donuts and an addition to Olathe Ford. 

For more details on building permits and growth trends, visit the City’s Planning Services Division at www.OlatheKS.org.


UDO Development Forum and Public Open House May 8
Released May 6, 2013
The first draft of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is complete and the public is invited to learn more.  Olathe City Hall will host a development forum and public open house on Wednesday, May 8.  The schedule follows:

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – continental breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - development forum

10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – public open house

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – public presentation

The UDO is the City’s zoning code, currently being updated to better align with the City’s comprehensive plan, PlanOlathe.