Johnson County Square Phase 2 construction project begins March 20

Rendering of a new shelter improvement to the Johnson County Square

New enhancements to the popular and historic Johnson County Square in downtown Olathe are coming soon. On Monday, March 20, phase two of construction will begin and it will continue throughout the summer.

Fencing will go up around the project area just north of the Johnson County Administration Building at 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe. Sidewalks may be affected during times when materials are being delivered. No street closures are expected during construction.

Enhancements to the square in phase 2 include:

  • The multi-purpose platform and an art garden play area at the northern end.
  • The historical plaza near the Children of the Trails Fountain at the southern end near the Johnson County Administration Building.
  • A new tree grove with seating at the southeast corner.

The large community green space will remain the centerpiece of the square for use by the public and scheduled concerts, events and other activities. The total cost of the project will not exceed $2.9 million. The cost will be evenly split between Johnson County and the city of Olathe. The city of Olathe will oversee programming for activities in the square, such as public events and concerts. Johnson County will be responsible for the maintenance of the property.

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