Stormwater Seminar hosted in Olathe

The City of Olathe's Municipal Services Department hosted a regional seminar for stormwater engineers and designers on May 8th. The seminar focused on environmentally friendly stormwater management techniques, and it used the redeveloped Oregon Trail Park as a demonstration site. The seminar was funded by the Pervious Concrete Institute.


Oregon Trail Park Rededication May 9th

Through the voter approved park sales tax and a partnership with Johnson County Public Works and Olathe Youth Baseball, Oregon Trail Park has undergone a renaissance. The park was rededicated at 2:00 p.m. on May 9th. It is located on the southwest corner of Dennis Avenue and South Robinson. Read more »

Mayor's State of the City on OGTN

Mayor Michael Copeland's State of the City Speech delivered on April 3rd will be available on the Olathe Government Television Network (internet and cable television) beginning Friday, April 10th.

Online viewers can access both the speech and accompanying video at OGTN where a text copy of the speech will also be available. Read more »

Summer Concert Series

In today's economy, families have an affordable opportunity for family fun at the Summer Concert Series. In the past nine years, nearly 110,000 participants have enjoyed concerts including both local and national groups. The series has featured artists in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that have won numerous Grammy Awards, artists who have written #1 hits, won Blues music awards, country music awards and been inducted in the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Read more »

Partnership Leads to Rose Depot

Recently, Olathe resident A.T. Holcomb approached the City with an idea, to build a community rose garden. City staff recognized it as a great opportunity, but due to the current economic situation, knew they could not do it alone.

Through a partnership with the Olathe Garden and Civic Club, the Olathe North High School 21st Century Landscape Program and Cub Scout Pack 3387, the "Rose Depot" is being created at Calamity Line Park located at 901 West Santa Fe. The park is based on a railroad theme celebrating the Calamity Line Railroad. Read more »

Johnson County Seeks Fare Increase

Johnson County Transit seeks fare increase effective June 1. 


Olathe Serve Day Volunteers Making a Difference in City Parks

Helping clean 45 city parks and 15 miles of trails seems like a daunting task, but it is a task volunteers with Olathe Serve Day are willing to undertake.

Organized by Pastor Rod Jansen of Olathe Bible Church, Olathe Serve Day plans to bring several thousand volunteers into Olathe parks and Olathe's trail system to pick-up trash and litter on Saturday, April 25th. Read more »

Recycling Changes to Keep Quality Services Affordable


The City of Olathe focuses on providing high quality, yet affordable services for its customers, and that focus is leading to changes in the City's recycling program.

Why? The current economic environment has had a measureable impact on the price of recycled materials, and that has impacted the City's revenue. In order to make up for that lost revenue, customers were facing an over 50% cost increase. However, by changing to a single stream collection system, the City would realize enough cost savings to offset lost revenue.

City and OHRC Seek Nominations for Annual Community Awards Program

The City of Olathe and the Olathe Human Relations Commission (OHRC) are seeking nominations for the sixth annual Community Awards Program.  Nomination forms are due by Noon on Friday, April 10. Read more »

Share Your Olathe Fishing Stories on Olathe’s Facebook Page


There are nine ponds or lakes within Olathe’s park system that are “stocked” with opportunity for anglers of all skills.The City of Olathe is inviting fishermen to share their stories and photos with others by posting them on the City’s parks and recreation Facebook page.

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