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Lake Olathe Park Phase I

Portions of the park are now open to the public including the nature playground, Beaver Shelter, beach, and marina. These areas can be accessed from the new entrance off W. Santa Fe Street. Construction is still under way on other areas of the park such as the Eagles Landing rental venue, waterfalls, and the sprayground. The southern entrance off Dennis Avenue remains closed to the public due to safety and security measures while those improvements are being made. The west side of the lake continues to remain open and can be accessed along Lake Shore Drive. Completion of Phase I park improvements is anticipated in July 2019.

For more information about the beach, and marina, and nature playground, visit the Lake Olathe Park page.

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
  • Eagles 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

Take a look at the Lake Olathe Phase I construction progress in the flyover video below.

 

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 regarding event rentals at Eagles Landing, please contact Lorna Daganaar at 913-971-5501 or LHDaganaar@olatheks.org.  Please visit the Eagles Landing at Lake Olathe page for additional information.

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

Cedar Creek Trail

The master plan for Cedar Creek Trail was approved by City Council in September 2016. McAfee Henderson Solutions, Inc. was hired to complete the design and construction documents for the trail. It is anticipated that trail construction will start 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.

Woodland Hills Park

Construction is underway at Woodland Hills Park, formerly 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 is being installed by certified playground installers. Construction is anticipated to be complete in Summer 2019.

Eastbrooke Trail

Portions of the Eastbrooke Trail include a detour near 133rd St. for safety at the construction site. This work is anticipated to be complete by Spring 2020.

Lone Elm Park Phase II

Phase II Improvements at Lone Elm Park are nearly complete. During construction, the Rendezvous area remains closed to the public due to safety and security measures while improvements are being made. Soccer and softball complexes are open for use. Construction is anticipated to be complete in Summer 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 2019-2020. Renovations at other park locations may take place in subsequent years.

 

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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