The 2016 Rosedale Master Plan laid out a vision for big changes in Rosedale, and two of the “Major Moves” identified are advancing toward implementation.
According to Zach Flanders, urban planner with the Unified Government (UG), “the University Town and Fisher Park Plan is taking a detailed look at the area around 39th Ave. and Rainbow Blvd. to promote quality development and improvements to parks, trails, and public streets that will result in a walkable, vibrant neighborhood adjacent to the University of Kansas. The City of Westwood is conducting a detailed study of 47th Ave. to create a complete street that supports pedestrians, cyclists, transit, and vehicles. The 47th Ave. study is a partnership between Kansas City, Kansas; Westwood; and Roeland Park. Both projects are kicking off this summer and will involve public engagement.”
Residents, businesses, developers, and other community members gathered to discuss the University Town and Fisher Park Plan at a Stakeholder Kick-Off meeting on May 16. Consultants hired by the UG shared the process they will be following to develop the plan. Stakeholders then broke into small groups to discuss the strengths and needs of the area.
Rachel Hostetler, a resident who attended the meeting and who leads the Fisher Park Walking Club, said, “We talked about the importance of that area being accessible for seniors and people with disabilities. We talked about the experience of walking at Fisher Park, how it’s quiet and peaceful and we hope going forward, as there is more development at Fisher Park, it keeps that feeling of peacefulness, where people can go to escape the noise of Rainbow Blvd.”
Both The University Town and Fisher Park Plan and the 47th Ave. study are being funded by a grant from Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) as part of the Planning Sustainable Places initiative. The purpose of the Planning Sustainable Places initiative is to advance detailed local planning and project development activities that further the creation of vibrant places that offer a mix of options for housing, jobs, services, and recreation; connected places with a variety of transportation options; and green places that support healthy living and a healthy natural environment.
For more information visit www.wycokck.org/planning or call RDA at 913-677-5097.