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City Park Improvement Project

Park Improvement ProjectA Community Built Playground

In 2010, an active group of Rossville volunteers began a campaign to make city park a safe, fun, physically active place for children to be. Surpassing their goal of $130,000, new equipment was designed by Rossville children and built by Rossville volunteers. This truly is a community built playground!

City Park Project Contacts:

Misti Lundin, 584-6687
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New Park Dedicated on June 13th, 2010

In just five days, volunteers created a Leathers and Associates (Ithaca, NY) playground that brought more than $250,000 worth of improvements to city park. From June 9th to the 13th, 2010, over 700 volunteers came together to build the playground that was designed by area children.




Final Drawing of New Playground

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Final Drawing of New Playground


Buy a Picket, Build a Legacy - Fence Pickets (Spring 2010)

The newly created "Tot Lot" area is completely fenced-in with a picket fence to provide extra safety for our little adventurers. The picket fence is one-of-a-kind as each piece was purchased by supporters of the park. For $35 and engraved with up to 18 characters, each picket represents the generous support of hundreds of residents! There are 320 pickets on the fence. What a great way to own a piece of the park!

Playground Components (Spring 2010)

Each component of the playground was also available for sponsorship. The actual pieces of the playground (slides, tree house, etc.) are sponsored by families, organizations, and businesses. A permanent plaque is attached to each component with the sponsor?s information. This project would not have been possible without the gracious gifts of these sponsors. See the Playground Component List


Rossville Needed Them, And They Responded!

In the space of a few days, Leathers' consultants were on site with a small army of enthusiastic volunteers of various skill levels to transform an empty patch of ground into something magnificent: our own community-designed and community-built project. The project rose before your eyes in just six days of carefully coordinated construction. More than 700 volunteers, worked through the rain and the heat to create this lasting legacy. Volunteers ranged from people who had never even picked up a hammer to the skilled craftsman. There were jobs for everyone - youth included.

Volunteer FAQs

Do you need tools? We need you and your tools! The project requires us to borrow tools for the build week, June 9-13, 2010. For more information, see the volunteer registration form.

Who can volunteer? Service groups, friends, families, and individuals ages 10 and up are invited to help. Kids 10-13 can work alongside an adult, while teens 14-18 can work independently (no power tools). Childcare is available for children 2-9 (pre-schoolers must be toilet trained).

Do I have to be a carpenter or a builder? Absolutely not! We hope to have many of these skilled volunteers helping us, but we need lots of "regular people" who can do basic assembly, transport materials, clean up, serve meals, and many other tasks.

When would I work? We will gather in Rossville for three shifts a day starting Wednesday, June 9 through Sunday, June 13. Work starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m., with half hour breaks for meals between shifts. You can take as many shifts as you wish. If you have a lot of time available (like all day, every day of the build) ask about serving as a Build Captain.

Should I bring my lunch or dinner? Snacks and drinks will be available throughout the day, and a noon and evening meal will be provided to all volunteers.

I don't know for sure when I can work, can I still sign up now? Yes! Our playground designer requires that we line up much of our volunteer work force early. So, take your best guess at the shifts you would be available for. We will be calling to confirm your times as we get closer to the build. If your schedule changes and you need a different shift, just let us know.


More than $130,000 was raised over nine months. View the updated fundraising board.

Park Improvement Fundraising Board

Core Committee

Park Improvement Core CommitteeThe City of Rossville would like to extend a Thank You to the members of the core committee. In just nine months, these members inspired our children to dream big and brought hundreds of families together for a week we will never forget. These four women are proof that Rossville is one of the best places in Kansas to raise a child. The City of Rossville salutes Angie Essman, Natasha Streit, Sarene McCrory, and Misti Lundin for serving as core members of the Park Improvement Project. THANK YOU!

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