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City drops CARES funding request for soccer complex livestream system

Overland Park will no longer pursue federal CARES funding for use at the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex due to an anticipated shortened time frame to implement the project. Overland Park Ward 6 Council Member Scott Hamblin advised the City Manager that he intends to notify the City Council at Monday’s Nov. 2, regular City […]

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Learn about park maintenance with Parks Facilities Technician Kevin Finch

The spotlight is on City staff during the City of Overland Park’s quarterly Staff Spotlight tweet-alongs. The City’s newest tweet-along follows Parks Facilities Technician Kevin Finch as he cleans and maintains parks. Each quarter, City communications staff tweet along with a different staff member to explore their daily tasks, providing a live look at their […]

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Is it COVID-19 or the flu? What to know as flu season approaches

By Erin Dougherty for the City of Overland Park Every year, cold weather signals the flu season’s arrival. This year, we remain in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – and with flu season fast-approaching – it’s important to understand the similarities and differences between the two viruses. Although COVID-19 and the flu are caused […]

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Small business recovery assistance available

Overland Park small businesses that need support during the COVID-19 pandemic can now find it with the City’s CDBG Small Business Economic Recovery Program. Beginning tomorrow, businesses can apply for the relief through the Community Capital Fund. The program will award grants of up to $5,000 to small businesses in Overland Park struggling with capital […]

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Celebrate Halloween in Overland Park while staying well

By Morgan Cormack for the City of Overland Park Cities across the country and in the area are shutting down Halloween celebrations due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Just last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Americans to not trick or treat door-to-door this year to avoid virus spread. Overland Park does not […]

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Thousands of residential streetlights get new energy-efficient bulbs

Public Works crews just finished a major project to make the City’s streetlights more energy-efficient. Over the past four years, crews replaced every residential streetlight bulb in the City with more energy efficient LEDs. The project began in 2016. Crews replaced between 1,000 and 1,500 light bulbs each year, ultimately replacing all 6,122 residential streetlight […]

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Overland Park announces new Parks + Recreation Director

Jermel Stevenson finds that the word “park” in Overland Park’s name is absolutely appropriate. Stevenson will be the city’s new Director of Parks and Recreation beginning Monday, Oct. 5. Prior to moving to Overland Park, Stevenson was the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Corpus Christi, Texas. He also worked in Garland, […]

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OPPD to hold virtual trunk-or-treat celebration

The Overland Park Police Department’s annual trunk-or-treat event is going virtual for 2020. Typically, officers host trunk-or-treaters in the parking lot at Myron E. Scafe building for a Halloween celebration and decorating contest. This year, the physical event is will take place in your own driveway! This event is possible thanks to support from the […]

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Community centers to expand hours of service

Beginning October 1, Matt Ross Community Center and Tomahawk Ridge Community Center will expand their hours of operation. Both community centers reopened with limited hours after coronavirus stay-at-home orders lifted in June. Matt Ross Community Center was closed Wednesday and Saturday mornings, and Tomahawk Ridge Community Center was closed Thursday and Sunday mornings to allow […]

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Governing Body to consider sign code update

Overland Park’s Planning Commission and City Council will consider an update to the City’s sign code later this month. City staff, working with members of the public through a sign code update committee, have been preparing the code update since 2019. This is the first major update to Overland Park’s sign code in more than […]

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