In September, 2014, a team of five citizens was granted permission by the Parks Committee to research vendors and develop recommendations for a suite of products which included benches, picnic tables, trash receptacles and bike racks. The team interviewed parks directors from neighboring cities and landscape architects who work in the business for recommendations. The Parks Committee selected one option to move forward which was approved City Council.
Five benches were installed in October, 2015, bringing some creature comforts to the park. Citizens Fundraising Initiative for R Park purchased 18 amenities during the spring and summer of 2015, thanks to the many donations from citizens and businesses in Roeland Park. The City’s Public Works Department did the installation. The remaining five benches, three picnic tables, four trash receptacles and one bike rack were installed in the spring of 2016. A recycling bin was installed in the summer of 2016. The amenities, made of ipe wood and powder-coated steel were chosen by the Parks and Trees Committee for their durability, low maintenance, sustainability, good design and comfort. Ipe (ee-pay) is one of the most dense woods on earth as well as being resistant to bugs and rot. These handsome amenities will last 25-50 years and will weather to a pewter gray in color.