Rosedalians to Rebuild Fisher Park Playground
Commissioner Melissa Bynum along with the Parks and Recreation department joined more than fifty volunteers and organizations at Fisher Park to assemble new playground equipment Saturday, November 3.
Under the supervision of certified playground installers, neighbors served all, beginning at 8 AM and ending with a 5 PM chili celebration supper. Volunteers include neighborhood families with kids, a Gunter Construction team (a Rosedale company certified as a Women's Business Enterprise and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise), youth volunteers from India Association of Kansas City, Unified Government Parks and Recreation (UG Parks & Rec), and Rosedale Development Association (RDA).
“More and more often, we see that when we work to improve social and economic conditions throughout our community, access to parks, quality of life and livable neighborhoods are a priority for developers and residents alike,” says Commissioner Bynum.” So, this new Fisher Park playground is yet another step we collectively are taking to not only bring this important fact into focus, but to work collaboratively to achieve this objective. I’m really proud of the partnerships that came together to work on this common goal; everyone wins when parks are improved.”
Located centrally within an area of mixed-income housing, Fisher Park is a beloved community gathering space in the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas that is walk and bike accessible without crossing busy - and often dangerous – roadways. The Rosedale Development Association partnered with UG Parks & Rec, residents, and volunteers to construct a 4-mile nature trail that begins at the park; plant and care for the fruit tree orchard and native stormwater gardens; raise funds for a water fountain at the park; and advocate for a gravel walking path around its perimeter, home to the Fisher Park Walking Club. Updating the play area and resurfacing the walking path will further sustain residents' investment in the park, while also creating a neighborhood hub that connects residents, supports active living, and encourages inclusive play and socialization.
This project was funded in partnership with the UG, RDA, Mission Cliffs Homeowners Association through the Wyandottte County Parks foundation, Neighborhoods Rising Fund, Meet Me at the Park (a highly-competitive national award), as well as in-kind support from the Parks Department, Gunter Construction, Deco Catering, India Association of Kansas City, and Kansas Volunteer Commission to assist with labor, landscaping, signs, seating, and food. After funds were secured and plans drafted, 100 kids and 44 adults weighed in on five different redesign options for the new playground. Most chose the custom-designed playscape by ABCreative.
For questions or more information about how to donate toward further Fisher Park improvements, contact RDA Development and Events Coordinator, Alissa Workman, at (913) 662-2182.