The History of Downtown Overland Park

Located on either side of Metcalf between 78th and 83rd streets in the heart of Overland Park, Downtown Overland Park is an integral part of our community's heritage. Situated on the historic Santa Fe Trail, it originally bustled with horse-drawn traffic, the famous Steam Electric Interurban Railroad Line, gravel streets, a dance hall, restaurant, dry goods store, blacksmith shop, an aviation park and other popular amenities that people enjoyed daily.

William B. Strang

William B. Strang Jr., founder of Overland Park

The City of Overland Park traces its roots back to 1905 with the arrival of its founder William B. Strang Jr., who platted subdivisions along a military roadway. Strang envisioned a "park-like" community that was self-sustaining and well planned. He also sought strong commerce, quality education, vibrant neighborhoods, convenient transportation and accommodating recreational facilities. Strang named one of his subdivisions "Overland Park."

In the early 1990s, city officials began focusing their efforts on renovating the historic downtown area. The Clock Tower Plaza was dedicated, and the Farmers’ Market Pavilion was constructed.

Downtown Today

More than a century later, Downtown Overland Park's charming past and small town flavor have grown into a modern and vast array of nearly 300 locally owned and operated businesses. The area is known as a strong community, focused on great food, the arts, and friendly local businesses lining the walkable streets and close-knit buildings.

About the Downtown Overland Park Partnership

The Downtown Overland Park Partnership is a non-profit organization contracted by the City of Overland Park to advance the marketing, recruitment, physical enhancement and continued redevelopment of Downtown Overland Park. The Partnership serves as a liaison between businesses, the City of Overland Park, the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, and the community as a whole.

Office Hours

Effective Oct. 5, 2015, the partnership’s office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

There may be times when the office is closed for off-site meetings. In these instances, we will post a note on the front door with an estimate of when we’ll reopen.

Contact Information

Downtown Overland Park Partnership
7315 W. 79th St.
Overland Park, KS 66204
Phone | 913-642-2222
Fax | 913-642-2296


Kate Sweeten | Executive Director | katesweeten@downtownop.org
Ellie Haire | Events & Marketing Manager | elliehaire@downtownop.org

2017 Board of Directors

President: Dale Griffin | Griffin Properties | 913.244.9888
Vice President: Tim Crough | Move Right KC | 913.481.7594
Treasurer: Tim Holverson | OP Chamber of Commerce | 913.766.7607
Secretary: Elaine Johnson | Harper's Fabric & Quilt | 913.648.2739
Kevin Cowan | Kevin Cowan Architects | 913.341.3288
Terry Happer-Scheier | Overland Park City Council | 913.895.6000
Doug Johnson | City of Overland Park | 913.895.6000
Eric Kratty | World Class Unlimited | 913.262.1116
Laura Laiben | The Culinary Center of Kansas City | 913.341.4455
Philippe Lechevin | Papa Keno's Pizzeria | 913.648.1313
Paul Lyons | Overland Park City Council | 913.895.6000
Rick Mann | Mann Real Estate Services | 816.824.1802
Dana Markel | Visit Overland Park | 913.491.0123
Bill Mize | Law Office of William D. Mize | 913.648.3220
Clayton Prestwood | The Other Place | 913.652.9494
Angie Samuelson | The Movement Clinic Chiropractic | 913.449.2295
Hal Shapiro | REAL Property Group | 816.918.8517
Craig Sole | Craig Sole Designs | 913.649.9299
Janiece Vohland | Strang Line Neighborhood | 913.706.8910