R Park pavilion naming rights may go to family foundation for $100,000 donation

R Park pavilion shelter
An early rendering of the planned pavilion structure for R Park.

Roeland Park councilmembers signaled preliminary approval for naming the future R Park pavilion after a family foundation in exchange for a $100,000 donation for the structure.

The grant would cover one-half of the pavilion’s cost with the other $100,000 to be covered by the city.

Mayor Mike Kelly voiced his support for naming the pavilion in honor of the “incredibly generous” donor.

“I think that this is a slam dunk,” Kelly said.

Councilmembers asked for more details on what the family name was but city staff said the donor was to be kept private at this time. Staff did assure councilmembers the pavilion would not be named after any big box stores.

Rendering for the $200,000 pavilion show a wood and stone structure over a collection of picnic tables with a fireplace and chimney. The plans also show a path leading to a large outdoor fire pit.

Preliminary plans for three R Park shelters, including the pavilion, were supported by councilmembers in January. The two smaller shelters will be built over picnic tables and are expected to cost about $46,000.

The new structures are part of a master plan to improve R Park. The park will also soon house a $60,000 sculpture of a running figure elevated on two eight-foot poles by Florida artist Jorge Blanco. The city has already raised more than 60 percent of the funds needed for the sculpture.