Frank Rushton Elementary in the Rosedale area of KCK will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 7.
But this year International Walk to School Day isn’t just a great reason to get active. It is also a day to celebrate the new Mission Road sidewalk.
What was recently a dirt path created by years of children and families walking to Frank Rushton Elementary and Rosedale Park is now a brand new sidewalk. The Mission Road sidewalk spans from 43rd Avenue and 40th Terrace, near Belrose Manor.
“This is an essential route for many children and families to get to school,” Heidi Holliday, executive director of Rosedale Development Association (RDA), said. “After years of advocacy, we are so excited to see this progress.”
Former Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., Commissioner John Mendez allocated CNIP funding to the Mission Road sidewalk in 2013. This summer construction began on the project and the sidewalk was recently completed.
To celebrate the completion of the Mission Road sidewalk and International Walk to School Day, RDA will conduct a ribbon cutting for the sidewalk. After the ribbon cutting, teachers, parents, students and RDA staff members will walk with the Frank Rushton Walking School Bus on its way to school.
“Our students enjoy walking with each other,” Peter Wetzl, a 3rd grade teacher at Frank Rushton, said about the walking school bus. “Our route centers around an apartment complex which feeds into our school, so many of our walkers are neighbors. Many parents of participants have become participants themselves, building friendships with one another and increasing our sense of community in the neighborhood.”
About Rosedale Development Association:
Rosedale Development Association (RDA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit community development corporation, serving the Rosedale area of Kansas City, Kan. and Wyandotte County. RDA’s mission is to work in partnership with residents, businesses and institutions to build a strong, healthy community and to improve the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Rosedale. To learn more about RDA and how to get involved, call 913- 677-5097 or visit rosedale.org.
About International Walk to School Day
• Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk to school programs in place. In 2000, these three countries joined together to create International Walk to School Day.
• In May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School was established to assist communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.
• The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for Walk to School activities in the United States.
• Walk to School Day began as a simple idea – children and parents, school and local officials walking to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event, reminding everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and bike. Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
• Organizations supporting International Walk to School Day in the United States include America Walks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.
School is officially in full swing. This means juggling homework, lunches, and getting to school on time. We want all of our Rosedale students to have the opportunity to safely walk, bike, or be carpooled to school. One way we can make this happen is by improving the sidewalks around our schools.
Below, read about one Frank Rushton student’s perspective on the ‘I Need a Sidewalk’ campaign. Help us realize Paloe’s vision of a healthier, safer Rosedale. Donate today to complete the 42nd Ave sidewalk.
“The ‘I Need a Sidewalk’ campaign was created by the Rosedale Development Association. They are fighting for a sidewalk by the Rosedale Park. This is important because less kids and animals will get hurt and the kids will get more healthy. Also, when more people walk, less people get hurt. Lastly, the sidewalk will create a better sense of community. RDA activists are passing out flyers because they want less kids to get hurt and they want to build a sidewalk. Their goal is to raise $37,000 money to build a sidewalk so children can get across the street. To learn more, the Rosedale community should visit ineedasidewalk.com.”
Last week we started to see the beginnings of a sidewalk on Mission Road!
Mission Road has always been a huge connector in Rosedale. On top of being a route to I-35 and Southwest Boulevard, it also leads to Rosedale Park and the many businesses along 47th Street. Previous to the construction happening this week, a goat path was always visible along the western side of the road. This made it very obvious that Mission Road needed a sidewalk.
So we got to work. Rosedale Development Association led the advocacy effort for the project, and even gained some media attention. (Like this KCTV5 news story from 2011.) Thankfully, we had support from the Unified Government of Wyandotte County of Kansas City, KS. Former UG Commissioner John Mendez dedicated CNIP funds to the project in 2013, and kept looking for ways to make this sidewalk a reality.
And now it’s finally happening! The sidewalk will be constructed from 43rd north to Belrose Manor, and will include a crosswalk with an island to Rosedale Park.
But there is still work to be done. The crosswalk and pedestrian island will be near 42nd Avenue, which is still without a completed sidewalk. You can help make it easier for children and families to access Rosedale Park by donating to the I Need A Sidewalk campaign or spreading the word about the cause. With your help, we can make Rosedale a better place.
Celebrate Bike Month this May with Rosedale Development Association (RDA) by getting outside, staying active, and contributing to your community.
RDA will host several fun bike-related activities this year that are great for all ages and skill levels. The goal of Bike Month is not only to encourage bike riding but to inspire more people to make physical activity a part of their daily routines. The Rosedale Retro Run and Bike-In movie specifically address this goal with a special partnership with Frank Rushton Elementary. Children will be selling goodie bags at the events and all proceeds will go towards the construction of the 42nd street sidewalk.
The Rosedale Retro Run will be a combined 5K, community trail workday, and mountain bike jam event. Frank Rushton children will be selling bottled water and various healthy snacks for participants. This is a great opportunity to run a 5K or participate in a mountain bike race and build up your community! To register visit https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=32586. The Run will take place on May 9th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fisher Park, 3800 Fisher St, Kansas City, KS.
The Bike-In Movie this year will feature the cult classic The Goonies. We celebrate the 5th annual Bike-In Movie this year, so we decided to do something special: we made it a quote-along! A quote-along is a fun way to interact with the movie through encouraged quoting and props. Support the construction of the 42nd street sidewalk by purchasing a Goonies quote-along goodie bag. Each bag will cost $5 and include a Babe Ruth candy, bike horn, kazoo, and an eye patch. Even if you are unfamiliar with The Goonies there will be instructions on how to participate during the quote-along. RSVP by checking the Facebook event page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about all of the events occurring during bike month visit rosedale.org.
With your help, we can make the 42nd Street sidewalk happen. Join us at Bike Month to get started!
A lot of members in our community care about sidewalks, even the smallest ones. This is the first of a series of posts from students from Frank Rushton Elementary.
Below, read about one little Frank Rushton girl’s perspective on the ‘I Need a Sidewalk’ campaign. To continue this encouraging energy towards meeting our goal of completing the 42nd street sidewalk please donate today.
“The ineedasidewalk.com campaign was created by the Rosedale Development Association. They are fighting for sidewalks for a way to get to the park. This is important because with a sidewalk, 65% of people would probably walk on the sidewalk. This would also decrease the crime rate in Rosedale because more people are walking and their citizens could call the cops. Lastly, people are getting obese and need to exercise so a sidewalk would be helpful to make sure our community is healthy. For more facts visit ineedasidewalk.com or check them out on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.”
– Lynn A.
Today’s post comes from Walking School Bus Champion and Rosedale resident, Peter Wetzel.
What accident has to happen for people to realize the severity of our need for a sidewalk on 42nd Street? I have been so impressed with the city’s push for more sidewalks in Rosedale, but the area that needs it the most remains slated for action.
Second only to 43rd Avenue, 42nd Street is the busiest East/West street for vehicle traffic to and from KU Med Center. In addition, it is one of the most foot trafficked streets as well. Pedestrians, including kids going to and from school walk the street during times of the day when cars are blinded driving into the sun. Any of us that have driven that route know the danger of almost hitting a pedestrian simply because we couldn’t see them, and there was not much room to go around them. Lots of cars plus lots of pedestrians minus ample space for both at the same time equals a no brainer: A SIDEWALK!
And not just a partial sidewalk, but one stretching all the way between Mission and Rainbow. This is our neighborhood’s chance to prevent an accident before it happens. Let’s not wait for disaster to fuel our efforts for safety. Act now, so we don’t regret it later!
– Peter Wetzel , Concerned South Minnie Street Resident
Unfortunately, it’s not very easy to be healthy in our home of Rosedale. Besides a corner store or two, there are no places to find fresh produce. There are also very few places for children and families to be active. But sidewalks can help.
According to Smart Growth America, 65 percent of residents are more likely to walk in neighborhoods with sidewalks. Plus, 43 percent of people with safe places to walk within 10 minutes of home met the recommended activity levels. Put simply, when people have safe places to walk they are can stay healthy and get where they’re going.
Not only do sidewalks help create healthier neighbors, they create safer neighborhoods. When more residents are out walking, the risk of crime is reduced. And with safe places to walk, fewer pedestrians are involved in traffic accidents.
But possibly one of the best things about sidewalks is that they can create a better sense of community. With more residents exploring the neighborhood, there are more chances for people to get to know their neighbors. And isn’t that what really makes a place worth living in?
With your help, we can help bring safety, health and community to Rosedale. Let’s start by bringing a sidewalk to 42nd Avenue.