R Park fundraising group finishes as runner-up in ‘Community First’ award, gets $2,500 donation

The trail in R Park opened in late 2014. It is the first of the projects funded by the citizens group.
The trail in R Park opened in late 2014. It is the first of the projects funded by the citizens group.

The Roeland Park Citizens Fundraising Initiative finished as the runner-up for the “Community First Award” and will receive a $2,500 donation that will be applied toward building a shelter in R Park.

The citizens group was among 10 finalists for the award that is sponsored by First National Bank. Each of the other groups represented much-larger charities and the outcome was decided by community voting.

The notice from First National Bank to the group said, “The impacts that you are making in Kansas have been recognized by members of our community and today we celebrate your hard work and dedication by awarding you a $2,500 cash donation.  We hope that you will use this donation to create even more positive impacts within our community.”

Since it began raising money for the park, the citizens group has brought nearly $100,000 in improvements to R Park over the last couple of years. Some of those include the limestone walking trail, 20 new trees, new signs, 10 benches, picnic tables, trash receptacles, a bike rack and a drinking fountain.