Leisurely Sundays: 1860s Style on Sunday, July 24

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site will offer Leisurely Sundays: 1860s Style through August, thanks to a grant from the Kansas Museums Association. Sunday July 24 features a tea party!

Summer Teen Bash on Thursday, July 28

Olathe Parks & Recreation presents Summer Teen Bash on Thursday, July 28, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m. The event is open to students entering sixth grade, through students leaving eighth grade. The event is free with the donation of any school supply item.

City awarded the ICMA Certificate of Excellence for Performance Measurement

The International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Center for Performance Analytics recognizes the City of Olathe with a Certificate of Excellence for its performance measurement efforts.

City begins treatment of certain Ash trees in Olathe

Like homeowners, the City of Olathe arborists are faced with choosing which City-owned Ash trees need to be treated for the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and which trees will be replaced when the parasite takes over. This month, trees throughout Olathe began receiving treatment if they met criteria set by lead arborist, Rick Spurgeon.

Olathe Public Library programming

Programs are offered at the Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St., unless noted otherwise. Please visit the events calendar for an updated list. Questions can be directed to 913-971-6874 for children’s programming or 913-971-6888 for adult and teen programming. The Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd., remains temporarily closed.

Council approval of temporary library space means patrons will enjoy services sooner

The Olathe City Council has approved a two year lease for a temporary library location at 13511 S. Mur-Len Rd. in the Santa Fe Square Shopping Center.  The temporary space provides quicker access to library services while renovations take place at the new Indian Creek Library location just down the street at 135th St. and Brougham in east Olathe.  A late August opening is anticipated for the temporary leased space.

Olathe earns two Top 10 ratings

Olathe ranked number 9 in The 30 Safest Cities to Raise a Child for 2016 by SafeWise, a home security and safety brand company.  The list considered statistics like crime data, graduation rates, and school rankings.

Olathe plants gardens to aid in protection of Monarch butterfly population

Visitors to Water Works Park, Parkview Manor, and the community gardens may notice a few more monarch butterflies during their visit this summer. A total of 55 new butterfly-friendly plants have been planted around the community thanks to a donation from Bridging the Gap in Kansas City. 

Mobile Integrated Healthcare Network receives top award for innovation

The City of Olathe Fire Department Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) Network received the 2016 Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence in Local Government from the Alliance for Innovation. The prestigious award was presented at the annual Transforming Local Government Conference held in St. Paul, Minn. June 15-17.

911 trail markers increase safety on city trails

Olathe residents and visitors using the city’s trail system now have another tool to keep them safe. The City of Olathe has installed new 911 trail markers every two-tenths of a mile throughout the 23 mile trail system. 

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