City of Olathe buys De Soto golf course
The city of Olathe has purchased Burning Tree Golf Course as a site for a future water well field.
The nine-hole golf course is in Leavenworth County, just north of the Wyandotte Street bridge over the Kansas River. It was annexed into De Soto in 2001.
Don Seifert, municipal services director for the city of Olathe, said the city has leased the golf course back to its current owner through 2010.
“It will be leased through the end of 2010,” he said. “It could be renewed if it is mutually acceptable.”
Olathe, which has a well field in the East Bottoms that supplies its water plant south of 83rd Street, has purchased other land near the golf course, Seifert said. In total, the property should support two or three horizontal wells, but that number would depend on the the city's future demand and how well they produce, he said.
Seifert said Olathe has made De Soto city officials aware of the purchase.
“We don't have any immediate plans to do anything with the property,” he said. “Once there is a future well near the river, that won't require much property. We just wanted to make the city aware of it if there was anything attractive or useful that could be done with that property.”
De Soto City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle said the only obvious use was a golf course or park, and the city already has a river-front park in Riverfest Park, which opened in 2008.
Sen. Julia Lynn, R-Olathe, shepherded through a bill in the 2008 Kansas legislative session that would allow the creation of a Riverfront Authority to help plan recreational uses along the river near De Soto.
The future use of the site would seem to be a task for the still uncreated riverfront authority, Guilfoyle said.