Found: July 23, 2016
Across the street from the Gladstone City Hall is Central Park. At the entrance to Central Park and the Gladstone Community Center is this waterfall. The top and bottom of the waterfall are both landscaped with plants, stones and rock.
Found: July 10, 2016
This natural waterfall is located on the south side of Dennis Avenue (or 143rd Street, whichever you prefer, but the street signs say Dennis in this area) where Cedar Creek empties into Lake Olathe at the south end of the lake. The Dennis Avenue bridge crosses over the south end of the lake and you can see the falls as you drive by. The falls were running pretty good this day as I’m sure all the recent rains are keeping the creeks flowing.
It is a popular fishing area in that the pool where Cedar Creek empties into is easily accessible. There are large rocks down to the lake’s edge on the east side. As you can see in a couple of pictures, there was a man and his two kids fishing the day I took the photos. Do be careful though, it is uneven terrain.
There is a small turnout on the southeast end of the bridge, but if someone is already there fishing that spot may be taken and it’s big enough for maybe two vehicles, depending on how they parked. There is a driveway to nowhere a little west of bridge on the south side, but there was someone parked there the day I was there. If you go a little further west of the bridge, on the north side there is what looks to be a camping area, that may or may not be used anymore as there were no signs anywhere, that you can pull into. It is maybe a quarter-mile away, if that far, and you will have to cross the road to get to the waterfall.
Found: July 10, 2016
This fountain is at the eastern city limits of Olathe in the median of 135th Street, just west of Pflumm Road. It is a large combination waterfall/fountain/planter. On Google Maps, I measure it at about 120 feet in total length. Due to fences on the south side of the road and trees on the north side of the road, it is very difficult to get the entire length of the fountain in one shot. I tried though.
The middle section is a double-sided waterfall. The side facing east has a sign that says “City of Olathe” to greet traffic entering Olathe city limits. Each side of the waterfall has its own pool. The two waterfall sides are identical, except there is no sign on the west-facing side. The sides facing the street have a design on it that, to me, resembles a fountain or, maybe, a sunrise.
The east part is the fountain part. It is a long pool sectioned off into 10 separate, but joined, pools. Every other pool has a small bubbler in it.
The west part is a large planter that is home to five good-sized trees and the trees are roughly spaced out to resemble the bubbler spacing on the east end.
There are businesses nearby on the north side of the street where you can park and walk to the fountain. You will have to go west on 135th to get to the streets that give access to the fountain. Be careful though. 135th Street can be fairly busy.
I mentioned 135th Street in the post title because there is also a City of Olathe fountain in the median of 119th Street east of Interstate 35 and I wanted to be sure to differentiate between the two.
Found: June 24, 2016
Roe Highlands is an addition in Roeland Park that features both residential and commercial properties. The commercial property is a shopping center that features a Lowe’s and Price Chopper among others.
These twin fountains with differently-shaped basins flank the entrance to the shopping center. The one of the south side is built into the hill at the base of the Cricket Wireless store. The one on the north side is free standing and features a hexagonal basin. Both fountains are stone-covered and fairly tall. Eight feet maybe. Each has three fountains at the top and then the water flows over the edge and falls down to the basin below. The stones are rough and uneven and creates different effects and splash-patterns as the water falls over them.
There is another separate fountain, the Roe Highlands Fountain, sitting next to the US Bank in the shopping center.
Found: June 12, 2016
The Ridgeview Falls addition is a collection of businesses and restaurants at the corner of 119th and Ridgeview. This waterfall looms above what would be an otherwise boring drainage basin. There is a large pergola-like structure next to the CoreFirst Bank at the top of the waterfall and just off the parking lot.
If you decide to visit, note that the drainage basin has a fence almost all the way around it to keep people from falling off the top of the retaining wall. It is open at the intersection though. Also, since it is a drainage basin, it could be wet and muddy. So, watch your step if you go walking out into it.
Found: June 5, 2016
Waterfall Park sits back behind Bass Pro Shop near the junction of Interstate 70 and Interstate 470. There is a small lake and Waterfall Park sits on the west edge of the lake off a traffic circle where Bass Pro Drive meets Bluff Drive.
If you are going to visit here, put your walking shoes on as you will need them to get the full views of the waterfalls here. You will either need to park at Waterfall Park, off the previously mentioned traffic circle or at Bass Pro Shop. To see the close-up views of the waterfalls, you will need to walk along Bluff Drive. The left/north lane of Bluff Drive off the traffic circle is for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, the right/south lane is a one-way lane for vehicular traffic.
Roughly a quarter-mile east along Bluff Drive from the park parking lot, you will encounter the first waterfall on the south side of the road. It is built into the side of the hill there and very steep and tall. The water flows through a sort of drain and flows under the road and comes out the other side where it cascades down further into the lake. Please be mindful that there is a lane of vehicular traffic when you cross the road to get a closer look. There is a permanent decorative fence on both sides of the road to keep everyone safe from the falls.
From the first waterfall, continue east around the bend and you will see a light pole and what looks like a gap in the stone wall. The is where the second waterfall is located. The water is rolling down the hill in this location. It’s not very steep but there is a lot of trees and plants that obscure the view here and there. It all falls down into a hole a couple or three feet deep and, like the tall waterfall, flows under the road and comes out the other side. Unlike the other waterfall, there are no fences or barriers around this hole so be careful walking around it.
To get the full-on views of the waterfalls, you will have to hike around to Bass Pro Shop and follow the path along the north side of the lake. When you get to the apartment building next to Bass Pro, you will be able to see the full first waterfall and it is spectacular. Unfortunately, the second waterfall is hard to find and see from the opposite side of the lake.
I am not sure what the policy is on getting on the lake or walking in the “woods” behind the barriers along Bluff Drive, but those would be the only ways to get a better look at the falls. The areas around the waterfalls are grown over with trees and undergrowth, plus you’d have to jump barriers to get there. That may not be a safe course of action as I’m sure the wet rocks are slick and you may not be able to see where you’re stepping and what you’re stepping on.
Found: May 15, 2016
Next to Marco Polo’s Italian Market and along the Indian Creek Bike Trail that passes by here is the Watts Mill Historical Site. There are a couple of plaques, although one is basically faded to the point of illegibility. There is also a “sign” erected over a couple of old millstones with plaques on either side with information about the site and the millstones. I did not take a picture of the millstones because they have been vandalized with spray paint.
There is a small park on the site and there is an overlook from where you can see the waterfall. If you walk south along the bike path there are some breaks to where you can get down on the rocks right on the creek and right on top of the waterfall. I walked up the creek a little ways and found a small flock of geese sunning themselves on a rock. I also walked down the path towards the bridge on 103rd Street and took a couple of long shots from there.
Found: May 12, 2016
The T-Rex Cafe is a dinosaur-theme restaurant and interactive experience located at Legends. The exterior of the cafe is made up to look like a prehistoric landscape complete with waterfall and a pool. Water starts up on the roof somewhere and makes it way down the rocks and stones down into the pool. If it is a windy day, water will go everywhere and expect to get wet if you walk by. The pool has four or five fountains in it and sits next to an outdoor seating area. The small T-Rex skeleton greets everyone that walks by.
Found: May 12, 2016
One of several waterfalls on Brush Creek through Country Club Plaza and points east. The particular waterfall in the pictures is the one located near Jefferson Street at the west end of the Plaza. Walking paths on both sides of the creek lead up to and near this waterfall. Access to other falls along the channel may vary.
Found: May 10, 2016
Located in Corbin Park on the northeast side of the traffic circle near Scheel’s Sporting Goods. It’s kind of a miniaturized version of middle part of the Corner Fountain with the water bubbling up into a pool at the top of the wall and either going straight out the front waterfall or going down a short channel on either side to the smaller waterfalls.
Unlike any of the other fountains in Corbin Park, this one apparently has a name. At least, that is what the plaque affixed on the fountain says. The numbers look like a date but I don’t know what exact date it represents. I have to assume that is when the fountain was finished and/or dedicated and put into operation.