Nature is the theme of the new Wilder Bluff Park in Shawnee

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Shawnee’s new Wilder Bluff Park features a treetop playground, hillside slide and other amenities.

The 40-acre Wilder Bluff Park – featuring a treetop playground, nature-themed spray field, and 1.38-mile walking loop – opened July 6 at 55th Street and Belmont Drive in Northwest Shawnee.

The $ 4 million park was funded with the “parks and pipes” sales tax approved by Shawnee voters to cover park and stormwater improvements. The eighth cent tax was first adopted in 2000 and has been renewed twice since then.

Wilder Bluff also features natural meadow grasses, a patio view, and a shelter with a fireplace and buffet ledge with outlets.

A color infusion for downtown Olathe

Visitors to downtown Olathe have a new mural to enjoy. Local artist Abby Yemm’s creation looks like a quilt, but its message is about love: “I love you in pieces. “

The mural is on the Cherry Place side of 110 N. Cherry St., which the city says is the oldest building in the neighborhood. It’s part of the city’s plan to revitalize the downtown area, which now has a new county courthouse, new apartments and a new library that could be ready by fall 2022.

Senior planner Emily Carrillo came to know the artist’s style when Yemm answered a call for artists to paint a mural on the sidewalk of Park and Cherry streets. Other projects prevented Yemm from making this mural, but she got the green light for Cherry Place.

“I started looking at what makes Kansas special and how everyone is part of the same quilt,” Yemm said in a press release. “So I thought it would be cool to make a quilt backdrop, but then make it look like you’re entering a portal into space.” So it’s a bit crazy, fun, and interactive, but it still makes sense. “

Carrillo said that as the downtown area expands, public art will be a big part of it.

Pianist Leawood is Fulbright Laureate

Leawood music student Isabel Keleti is one of three University of Kansas students to receive a Fulbright US Student Award for studying, researching, and teaching English abroad for the 2021 academic year. -2022.

Keleti graduated from KU in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and from The New School in 2019 with a master’s degree in piano performance. She will spend nine months in the Czech Republic studying the Czech piano repertoire with an emphasis on the works of Leoš Janácek.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

Natasha LaGrega of Leawood, graduating from KU this year with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, is a locum in the program.

Spring Hill administrator retires

Jim Hendershot retired as Spring Hill City Administrator. His last day was July 2.

Hendershot began his career in city administration in 1986 and moved to Spring Hill in 2007. He had been a city administrator since 2018.

The director of community development, Pat Burton, replaced him on an interim basis. A city spokeswoman said no timetable has been set to find a permanent replacement.

Job fair for truckers

Local businesses will be looking for truck drivers at a job fair on July 15 at Johnson County Community College, which offers classes on weekdays and weekends.

Citing a report from the American Trucking Association, the college said the industry will be short by nearly 100,000 drivers by 2023. In 2019, the average median salary was around $ 59,000.

The fair is scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Capitol Federal Conference Center, Regnier Center 101, on campus at 12345 College Blvd. It’s free and open to the public.

For more information about the college’s continuing education transportation courses, call 913-469-3836.

Roeland Park swimming pool is now open on Fridays

As of July 2, the Roeland Park Aquatic Center began operating on Fridays in addition to the Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays announced at the start of pool season. A shortage of lifeguards across the region has forced the city to limit its pool hours.

The aquatic center underwent a $ 1.6 million renovation, which includes new slides, new shade structures, a climbing wall and a wading pool. The opening hours of the swimming pool are from noon to 7 p.m. each day the facility is open.

Need a ride to downtown Shawnee?

Shawnee is trying to give his downtown area a boost this summer by offering $ 20 each way to help people get there and back.

The city has partnered with zTrip to create the Shawnee Downtown Summer Shuttle. Until Labor Day, the offer is valid on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and from 4 p.m. to midnight every third Thursday for the monthly Moonlight Market.

To take advantage of the program, download the zTrip application on your smartphone and enter the code MOONLIGHT when booking the trip. Arrange to be dropped off or picked up in the area bounded by Flint Street to the west, Ballentine Street to the east, 57th Terrace to the north, and 59th Terrace to the south. Johnson Drive runs through the middle of the area.

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