Olathe, KS

Johnson County Square

Client: Johnson County, KS

Category: Public Engagement/Branding, Parks + Recreation

Date: 2020

Project Features
  • Creative Placemaking
  • Interactive Art
  • Master Planning
  • Public Engagement
  • 3D Rendering
  • 3D Flythrough

County Square will be Johnson County’s newest civic space located between the administration building and the new county courthouse when the existing courthouse building is removed.  Working with Johnson County Administration and the Design/Build team currently completing the new county courthouse, Landworks Studio joined an engagement team to complete a master plan for this signature green space.  Gathering input from county residents, downtown stakeholders and working with a steering committee, Landworks Studio developed concepts that included the top priorities.  These priorities include:

  • a multi-use structure used for a variety of activities including stage/performances, weddings, an outdoor classroom or covered picnicking
  • an artistic playground for all ages
  • an education/historical plaza for existing and new monuments
  • open lawn/gathering area 
  • iconic art

The final concept is a phasable plan that blends the historical context with contemporary architecture and leads downtown Olathe in a new direction.  The civic space, while preserving Johnson County history, will aid in revitalization of downtown by providing a programmable place for everyone to gather during festivals and events.  In addition, the green space is flexible enough to provide everything from a venue for weddings, a place for daily walks, a destination for families and instagrammable places in any season.

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