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About RDA
RDA works hard to make Rosedale a great place to call home by developing programs, partnerships, and advocacy efforts that build a strong and healthy community and improve the quality of life for all those who live, work and play in Rosedale.

Our purpose

Informally organized as Rosedale Community Council in 1945 as a grassroots, community-centered organization addressing issues such as neighborhood blight, business development, crime, zoning and flood control, today Rosedale Development Association (RDA) is a nonprofit organization that remains committed to partnering with residents, businesses and institutions to develop a thriving Rosedale community.

OUR PHILOSOPHY​​

RDA approaches programs and services from a whole-community perspective, seeing neighbors as resourceful local experts and powerful change-agents. These voices inform how RDA works to expand economic opportunity and healthy living options so that neighborhood resources serve the interests of all Rosedalians.

Our Community

One way the local community drives RDA's work is through the Rosedale Arch Club. Comprised of generous individuals, households, businesses, and institutions who are proudly part of Kansas City's Rosedale neighborhood, Arch Club members help RDA achieve community goals in a variety of ways. Consider joining the Arch Club today!

Our goals

Robust Economy

Goal 1: Build a strong Rosedale business identity through mutually supportive partnerships.

Goal 2: Increase access to job skills education for all Rosedalians.

Goal 3: Advocate for business development that serves the economic interests of all Rosedalians.

Vibrant Community

Goal 1: Amplify a Rosedale community identity.

Goal 2:  Increase opportunities for Rosedalians to give input on community issues.

Goal 3: Engage Rosedalians as ambassadors to invite and inform neighbors of all cultures.

Goal 4: Increase opportunities for residents to build relationship in community events.

Healthy People

Goal 1: Advocate for a Rosedale Community Center

Goal 2: Continue health related programs that fill the gap.

Goal 3: Advocate for local, permanent healthy food retail outlet.

Goal 4: Connect residents to and advocate for healthcare resources.

Thriving Environment

Goal 1: Partner with residents, neighborhood associations and developers to create high quality, green neighborhoods.

Goal 2: Partner with UG, residents and businesses to improve park quality and usage.

Goal 3: Advocate for complete streets throughout Rosedale.

Goal 4: Advocate for policies and development that decrease vacancy and blight and increase gathering spaces.

Sustainable RDA

Goal 1: Improve RDA building to maximize functionality and income.

Goal 2: Increase unrestricted revenue/reserves.

Goal 3: Increase RDA visibility and communication efforts to residents and businesses.

Goal 4: Invest in staff and board capacity to meet the evolving needs and challenges of Rosedale.

Our History

1945

The Rosedale Development Association (RDA) began as the Rosedale Community Council in 1945 as an organization to help the community address crime, zoning, flooding, abandoned buildings, area clean up.

1978

RDA is incorporated as a nonprofit organization.

1992

RDA begins organizing Christmas in October in Rosedale, which offers minor home repairs for low income and elderly homeowners.

1997

Summer Youth Employment program begins with funding from the Board of Public Utilities.

1985

RDA begins participating in Feed-A-Family, which provides food assistance to families in need. It was then sponsored by the KUMC Police Department.

2001

Excellence in Education awards program begins as a partnership between KUMC Community Policing and RDA.

2005

Rosedale Master Plan completed and approved as a framework for future development decisions in the Rosedale neighborhood.

2009

Rosedale Healthy Kids begins working to make the healthy choice the easy choice in Rosedale. The program is a partnership between RDA, the Rosedale Ministerial Alliance, KC Healthy Kids and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

2011

Green Corridor Master Plan completed and approved with the goal of fostering a healthy, sustainable community through physical improvements, social and economic development, and green businesses.

2012

Wendy Wilson, Executive Director of RDA for 19 years, retires. Heidi Holliday is hired as the new director.

2013

First mile of bicycle lanes in Wyandotte County completed in Rosedale as a result of community advocacy.

2014

Grand opening of the Rozarks Nature Trails

2015

Rosedale Community Survey and Master Plan Update begins

2016

Heidi Holliday, Executive Director of RDA, accepts advocacy position in Topeka. Erin Stryka is hired as the new director.

Contact us

913 677-5097
1403 Southwest Blvd Kansas City, KS, 66103
info@rosedale.org 
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