Roeland Park to name new R Park pavilion after Gretchen and Ardie Davis

A shocked Gretchen and Ardie Davis got a standing ovation after members of city committees nominated them as the namesakes for the R Park pavilion.

Over the past five years, a group of Roeland Park residents have worked with dogged determination to raise money to fund improvements for a grassy patch of parkland in the middle of the city.

They’ve organized 15 events, securing donations from more than 1,000 people — from Roeland Park and beyond. With their efforts, the group has been able to raise more than $140,000 for infrastructure improvements at R Park, including a walking path.