Olathe gets look at community center design

Olathe’s first community center would feature curving roof lines evocative of the aquatics features inside.

That’s a standout of a preliminary design presented this week to the Olathe City Council.

The firm Barker Rinker Seacat showed renderings of exterior views of the center planned for Stagecoach Park as well as interior floor plans.

The community center will include a natatorium with a two-story water slide that extends outside the building walls, party rooms, meeting space, a child care area and an aerobics and dance studio. The upper floor includes weight and exercise rooms.

The $22.5 million project at South Ridgeview and East Kansas City roads is being paid for with revenue from the parks sales tax as well as general obligation bonds and other city funds. Actual construction is budgeted at $16.4 million. The rest of the costs include design, a contingency fund and other items.

The timeline calls for construction documents to be prepared by August 2012.