The Rosedale Memorial Arch looks over the intersection of Rainbow Blvd and Southwest Blvd. For many it is just a curious structure tucked in the woody hillside, but the Arch itself is over 100 years old and symbolizes both the spirit and community of Rosedale.
In 1921, Rosedalians fighting in WWI were welcomed home with a parade down the newly named Rainbow Boulevard. Shortly after residents passed a bond to build a monument honoring the soldiers and the Rosedale Arch project was born. A local resident John Marshall drafted plans for the monument and in fall 1924 it was unveiled.
Several restoration projects have been completed since and the names of Rosedalian lives lost have been updated through the Vietnam War. In Fall of 2024, the Arch will turn 100! With civic groups already reaching out to be involved, RDA is ready to plan a re-dedication ceremony.
The Arch Re-dedication Committee will have its first meeting Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at 5PM at the Koch Center, 1401 Southwest Boulevard, KCK, 66103.
We need passionate volunteers to help plan a day-long event that will honor the history of the Rosedale Arch and celebrate the community spirit of Rosedale. Whether you are a neighbor, veteran, business owner; we need a variety of skill sets to make this memorable day happen.
Please contact Sarah Oltvedt with any questions.
All community members are welcome to attend planning meetings.