Johnson County will soon have more outdoor activities for the entire family.
Lake Olathe Park is the largest park in Olathe and will soon look very different, thanks to a $15 million renovation.
Those visiting the park Monday will see large amounts of construction around the park and will hear blasting.
Crews are working on a new park entrance, a fishing pavilion with an accessible dock, a new beach and a new marina.
Another new addition, The Landing. It’s a two-story rentable building along the east side of the lake.
"Weddings, reunions family gatherings...it's a 6,500 square-foot building. It will have glass all along the lake front," said Mike Latka of Olathe Parks & Rec.
The design started in 2015 but construction started only three weeks ago.
Crews plan to be blasting every day through July 5, which will temporarily limit park access.
Closures include the north entrances at W 135th Street, S Ward Cliff Drive, W 135th Street and S Beaver Shelter Lane. The south entrance at W Dennis Avenue and S Ward Cliff Drive will also be closed.
During the closure, the east shoreline, disc golf course, and Beaver Shelter will be inaccessible and unavailable for use.
“We have to blast, so we will not allow people on the lake during those blasts,” Latka said.
The west side of the park will be closed to the public weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to the blasting.
The lake, parking areas, shelter and playground are included in the closures. The area will be accessible daily after 5 p.m., on holidays and weekends. Lakeshore Drive will remain open through construction.
The goal of the project is to make Lake Olathe more attractive, so people of all ages come out to enjoy it.
“We wanted to create something in this park that would allow people to come and use it in a much more recreational aspect,” Latka said.
The project is expected to be completed by summer 2019.
“We're excited for the citizens of Olathe,"Latka said. "They were a part of the design, so we're excited and anxious for them to use the lake as a recreational facility in the city."
Lake Olathe is located between Santa Fe Road and Dennis Avenue at Lakeshore Drive.
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