Phil Gardos, neighborhood activist and former board chair at the Rosedale Development Association, passed away this week. Phil was known for his guerrilla flower gardening around Rosedale, including the KDOT triangle by Mission Road and Southwest Blvd, at Holy Name Church and School and in RDA’s side lot. He was also known by the neighborhood for his carnival games and prizes, which he brought every year to the Healthy Kids Carnival and the Healthy Halloween. Phil also volunteered annually during RISE, reading stories of the civil rights movement to Rosedale youth. He was also an active volunteer at Holy Name Church.
Phil was a retired United States Postal Service employee and knew the neighborhood intimately. He was tireless in his efforts to make the neighborhood beautiful, and we will miss him.
There will be a memorial gathering in his honor on Tuesday, May 31st from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Rosedale Development Association community room at 1401 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, KS. All are welcome to join in this celebration of his life.
Gifts in his honor can be made to Rosedale Development Association, with “Phil Gardos Memorial Fund” in the memo line. They will be used to ensure his guerrilla flower gardens are maintained and mowed for years to come.