Roeland Park citizens schedule new events to help R Park; trail ribbon-cutting in December

The trail in R Park is now open. It is the first of the projects funded by the citizens group.
The trail in R Park is now open. It is the first of the projects funded by the citizens group.

The fundraising for R Park goes on. With a walking trail through the park already funded by a citizens’ initiative and some matching grant money, the residents will be continuing their fundraisers into 2015 to keep adding improvements to the park.

Gretchen Davis of the citizens group told the Roeland Park City Council Monday that events are already planned for next year. Those events follow a ribbon-cutting for the new trail and a community walk which will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 6. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Barbecue and bluegrass, with beer, will be next fundraising event for the park and will be held April 11, 2015. It will feature live music. Davis said it will be a ticketed event, but at a lower price than the blues and brews fundraiser this fall. It also will be held at the community center.

A free event, designed to attract people to the trail and promote health and wellness, is scheduled for June 6 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will include a Mr. Stinky Feet concert sponsored by Scott Ferrel’s insurance agency and healthy sack lunches for sale by John Geither’s Subway. Davis said the free event is planned by young parents and will include fun activities along the trail.

Davis said the 2014 fundraising made its $15,950 goal plus another $2,000 that will be applied to the next projects, including benches and and bicycle racks.