JOHNSON COUNTY SQUARE
Johnson County’s new state-of-the-art courthouse in Downtown Olathe is making space for a new greenspace. This space has the potential t be a regional destination as well as serving local residents, Downtown employees, and visitors. To ensure it reflects area needs and interests, the County hosted a public engagement process to develop programming concepts. These concepts reflect potential park users and activities in the new space. The concepts build upon previous planning efforts, such as the Envision Olathe Downtown Plan (2003), Streetscape Master Plan and Downtown Design Guidelines (2003), Downtown Active Transportation Plan (2017), and Olathe’s Bike Share Implementation Strategy (2018).
The engagement process included social media outreach, online surveys, pop-ups at local community events and public spaces, facilitation of Steering Committee workshops, a local business owner forum, and public Open House events to garner feedback on priority uses and conceptual design of the new green space. The big ideas that were prioritized by the community included:
Create a destination to draw new audiences to Olathe
Make an opportunity for art that celebrates historic and diversity of all 19 municipalities in the county
Create a flexible outdoor venue with a stage that can be activated day and night for local residents, students, employees, and visitors
A preferred concept was identified and phasing options were presented to the Board of County Commissioners in January 2021. Funding was approved for Fall 2021 implementation of the first phase of work. This phase of work includes a curved walkway linking the administration building, courthouse, and all park elements, a tree grove on the NW corner, site lighting, and a community green to host events and community gatherings.
Johnson County Kansas
Facilities Management, Planning, Design & Construction
Newmark Grubb Zimmer
Executive Managing Director, Principal
2019 - 2020
Link to Public Open House Materials HERE