This historic site served as an overnight camp for pioneers moving west on the Oregon, Santa Fe, and
California trails for over 50 years. Named for a lone elm tree that sat on the prairie as a marker for
determined travelers this community park, funded by the City of Olathe, provides both passive and active recreational and historical interpretive facilities within its boundaries.
A total of 70 acres of the 160 has been preserved as prairie grassland including the stream corridor, with an additional 40 acres set aside as community open space in an effort to maintain the cultural landscape character of pre-European settlement. The remaining land has been developed into two recreational complexes to meet the needs of the community by providing an eight-field soccer complex and five-field girls’ softball complex. Within the historical context of the park site is an area designated as the Rendezvous, where a stone and heavy timber shelter serves as the kick off point for a walking tour of the site documenting the history and environmental significance of the site.
Lone Elm Park embraces the past and the future by combining a vivid aspect of our history with the contemporary social fabric of sports and play. The experience is a dynamic and multi-dimensional character and physical experience, drawing us to see ourselves against the realized truth of a time long past.