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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.

The trail will be a 10’ wide asphalt trail that connects to the Johnson County Gary Haller Trail system in two different areas.  One section of the trail begins south of the Stratton Oaks Subdivision in western Olathe, just south of College Blvd. and east of K-7 Hwy.  It continues north to the K-State Bioscience Center, up to Prairie Trail Middle School, east along the power line north of Northwest High school connecting to the Woodland road bike lanes.  The trail will tie into the existing sidewalk or bike lanes on Woodland Road and continue south to College Blvd.  It will then head east on the wide concrete sidewalk along College to the Gary Haller Trail below College.  The other segment of the trail will be along 106th Street, from Ridgeview to the Gary Haller Trail System.  The total length of the project will be approximately 3.2 miles long.  Construction of the trail is currently 90% complete, and is expected to open for use by the end of  Summer 2018.   

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

Lake Olathe Park Phase I

Phase I construction at Lake Olathe is currently underway. During construction, the east side of the park will be closed to the public due to safety and security measures while improvements are being made. The west side will remain open and can be accessed along Lake Shore Drive. Completion of Phase I park improvements is anticipated in early Summer 2019.

Planned Phase I improvements include:

  • Gateway entrances off of Santa Fe Street and Dennis Avenue
  • Beaver Shelter improvements with restroom facilities
  • Destination nature 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
  • Sprayground
  • Pond and waterfall
  • Special events plaza
  • Dock and fishing pavilion
  • Roadway and parking lot improvements
  • Utility extensions (sewer, water, and electrical)
  • Forebay construction to improve water quality
  • Disc golf course renovations
  • Restrooms in several key areas of the park

Phase I construction for Lake Olathe is anticipated to cost just under $15 million dollars.

Land acquisition completed during Phase I brought 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.

The master plan for Lake Olathe Park was approved by City Council in September 2016. A local landscape architecture firm was hired to prepare these plans. 

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

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: 

  • 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, and an RFQ has gone out to hire a consultant to complete the design and construction documents for the trail. It is anticipated that a consultant will be on board by late summer 2018, with the trail construction starting in late fall of 2019. Construction is expected to be complete in late summer 2020.

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

Construction for the Cedar Creek Trail is anticipated to cost $2.6 million dollars.

Settlers Park

Construction is underway at Settlers Park at 11795 S. Langley Street. The park was designed in house by the City’s landscape architects and is being built by the City’s construction crew. The playground will be installed by certified playground installers. Construction is anticipated to be complete in Spring 2019.

Water Works Park

The new shelter at Water Works Park is open for use. Improvements include a 20’ x 30’ shelter structure, grill, sidewalk connections to the park and playground, and additional landscaping. Construction was completed by the City’s construction crew.

Playground Renovations

Frisco Lake Park playground improvements are complete and ready for play. The playground includes an accessible swing meant for several children at one time, a hillside slide, musical instruments, and natural climbing features on an artificial turf safety surfacing.

Several additional playgrounds are anticipated to be upgraded in 2018-2019. These may include playgrounds at Fairview Park and Mill Creek Park.

Playground surfacing upgrades are also anticipated at several parks in 2018-2019. These may include safety surfacing at Mill Creek Park, Frontier Park, and Quaillwood 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

Phase II Improvements at Lone Elm Park are currently underway. During construction, the Rendezvous area will remain closed to the public due to safety and security measures while improvements are being made. Soccer and softball complexes will remain open for use. Construction is anticipated to be complete in Spring 2019.

In 2016, the City completed a new site plan for Lone Elm Park. SWT Design was hired in Fall 2017 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
  • Softball Area: Tie into existing sewer and abandon existing septic system, new shade structure/shelter, and new playground

Phase II construction is anticipated to cost just under $3 million dollars.

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 conducting 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 and recommendation is anticipated to be presented to Council in late 2018.

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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