With a population of 173,372, Overland Park is the second largest city by population in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, and the second largest city in Kansas behind Wichita. It is located in Johnson County.
The city is located in the eastern border of the state. The city has many large businesses including Sprint, YRC, Black & Veatch, Waddell & Reed, Ferrellgas, Ash Grove Cement, and Compass Minerals.
Overland Park is home to many tourist attractions. The 300 acre Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden was established to promote environmental and ecological awareness. It has gardens, hiking trails, and classes for visitors to take part in.
Overland Park has numerous community centers and pools to promote fitness. There is also the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead for families and school groups to come and view and pet animals.
Overland Park is a very fit city. Overland Park has seven CrossFit facilities as well as many boot camps and other gyms.
Overland Parks boasts one of the nicest soccer complexes in the country. The Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex has received national awards. It covers 96 acres and has 12 lighted, regulation size synthetic turf fields with a cooling system to control the temperature of the turf.
The city boasts schools including Cleveland Chiropractic College, Ottawa University, University of Kansas-Edwards Campus, Johnson County Community College, Baker University-Overland Park Campus, Emporia State University, and Kansas Christian College.
The largest newspaper is the Kansas City Star.
Overland Park has excellent city services. The Fire Chief is Chief Dehner, and the Police Chief is Frank R. Donchez, Jr. The mayor of Overland Park is Carl Gerlach. He was elected Mayor of Overland Park Carl Gerlach April 2005 and re-elected in 2009 and 2013. He is also a former Kansas State University Basketball player.
Overland Park’s senators are Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran. The representative is Kevin Yoder.