JOHNSON COUNTY SQUARE
Construction is nearly completed on Johnson County’s new 28-courtroom courthouse in Downtown Olathe. Once construction is complete, activities from the existing courthouse will be moved to the new building and the old courthouse will be demolished. The resulting vacant land will become a community green space. To ensure the green space reflects area needs and interests, the County hosted a public engagement process to develop programming concepts. The resulting design concepts reflect a family-oriented, all-ages approach to the outdoor space. The concepts also build on 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 concepts developed also show a phased implementation.
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 have the most momentum include:
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
Due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this engagement and design process is currently on hold, and is slated to restart in the Fall of 2020.
Johnson County Kansas
Facilities Management, Planning, Design & Construction
Newmark Grubb Zimmer
Executive Managing Director, Principal
2019 - 2020
Link to Public Open House Materials HERE