Roeland Park community unites to renovate park

ROELAND PARK, Kan. - Roeland Park residents are coming together to help raise money for a park they say is in dire need of a renovation.

The "R Park," located on 55th Street and Juniper, used to be the site of Roeland Park Elementary but the city bought it in 2005. Five years later it became a park.

Nowadays, kids are using the same equipment from the old elementary school's playground and the tennis courts are not in the best shape.

A master plan to renovate the park has been drawn; it calls for a walking path and park benches.

However, with Walmart planning to leave Roeland Park in 2015 for the Mission Gateway development, the tax money from the store that would fund the renovations will be gone. That is why a group of residents is banding together to make the master plan a reality. 

"If there were more things to do in this park or if it were more attractive and more welcoming to people--let's say there were drinking fountains and trash receptacles and picnic tables where you can bring your supper—there would be even more people," Gretchen Davis said, one of the community organizers.

They are currently holding a fundraiser to make the renovations a reality. For more information on the fundraiser, visit the city's website here.

The group’s goal for now is to have 63 people donate $100 to the Roeland Park Community Foundation by July 2, the city’s 63th birthday. The money will go toward building a walking path.

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