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City welcomes new chief human resources officer

The City of Overland Park welcomes a new Human Resources Department leader, following a national search. Thomas Bledsoe comes to the City from MHMR of Tarrant County, a provider of quality mental health and intellectual and developmental disability services in Texas. Bledsoe served as MHMR of Tarrant County’s chief human resources officer. “Thomas brings a […]

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Explore the Parade of Hearts for prizes

Get out and explore Overland Park one heart at a time and you could win a prize! Overland Park is hosting nine hearts from the Parade of Hearts public art experience. The sculptures are engraved with the initials KC and were painted by local artists. 155 hearts are displayed throughout the Kansas City metro. Residents […]

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Overland Park’s outdoor pool plans for 2022

Overland Park will open three of its five outdoor pools this summer amid a lifeguard staffing shortage. Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center, Young’s Pool and Stonegate Pool will open on Sunday, May 29 during Memorial Day weekend. Bluejacket Pool and Marty Pool will not open this summer. City staff is in the process of hiring more […]

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Project team debuts Merriam Connected Corridor Plan recommendations

The cities of Overland Park, Merriam, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, and the Mid-America Regional Council will hold an in-person open house for the public to view project concepts for the Merriam Corridor next week. The Merriam Connected Corridor Plan is a joint effort between these organizations to envision the […]

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Public engagement next step for Farmers’ Market improvement project

The Overland Park City Council approved proceeding with the first step toward a development partnership, involving public feedback, for the Overland Park Farmers’ Market pavilion site Monday night. The Council authorized staff to negotiate an agreement for public engagement on the project. The City has been considering partnering with a private developer to explore opportunities […]

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Mayor Skoog to give first-ever State of the City

Mayor Curt Skoog will present the State of the City address on April 12, 2022 at Johnson County Community College. The theme of the speech, Skoog’s first as mayor of Overland Park, is “Foundations to Future.”  He will share remarks about foundational actions that have made Overland Park a great place, and recent efforts to […]

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Parade of Hearts in Overland Park

The Parade of Hearts is a public art experience in which 155 heart sculptures, engraved with the initials KC, have been painted and displayed throughout the Kansas City Metro. Overland Park is hosting nine hearts, which can be found at the locations listed below, or by navigating the interactive map. InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton St […]

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Learn to plan your community with Planning 101

Plug in to community planning and the City’s upcoming Comprehensive Plan update with a new educational tool, Planning 101. Planning 101 is a story map that presents interactive opportunities to learn more about how city planning works. Scroll through the map and read to learn more about urban and suburban planning’s historical role in making […]

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Provide your thoughts on OP’s streets

Overland Park’s Infrastructure Advisory Group wants to hear from you about City streets. The group has released a series of videos and polls to inform their discussions.  Videos include explanations of how the City analyzes street conditions and preserves streets, challenges for the City’s streets program, and industry best practices for maintaining streets. Short polls […]

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KDOT to build all proposed noise walls during 69Express construction

The Kansas Department of Transportation announced that it will build all 11 noise walls that were proposed as part of the U.S. 69 Expansion Project, known as 69Express. A study conducted in the fall of 2021 proposed 11 noise walls between 119th and 151st Streets along U.S. 69 in Overland Park. KDOT solicited votes from […]

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