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Karnes Playground Construction Begins

by Rachel Porter

Natural Playground

This is only an example of a Natural Playground environment and is not intended as a depiction of the actual Karnes playground proposed for Roanoke Park.

The removal of the existing equipment at Karnes playground represents the first step in constructing a new natural playground on this site. This begins to bring to life the type of playground the community identified in last year’s meetings.

Phase 1 of the park (beginning this spring) includes a 12-foot high, circular land-form with hill slides. This hill is located east of a new pathway connecting the existing walks along Karnes and Madison. New swings for toddlers will be located north of the hill and new swings for children are located to the south. An area for seating is also planned in this first phase.

Currently being designed, Phase 2 of the park is scheduled to be completed by the end of this fall and includes a toddler play area with musical instruments, a smaller 4-6 feet high hill with slides, and additional play equipment still being selected. For the older children, a taller net climbing structure and a zip line are planned. Budget permitting, a water feature and additional elements would be provided that educate people about the natural features in the park like the springs, caves, and rock outcroppings. In this sense Karnes playground will serve as a “Field Guide” for greater Roanoke park.

Once drawings are finalized later this spring, they will be shared with the community. As always, feel free to email us with any questions you might have at .


Springtime for Coleman Highlands!

We finally got a decent snow just as spring started to creep in. As the snow melts, I can see tulips and daffodils poking their verdant little beaks out of the soggy soil. Regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil or the Vernal Equinox dictate, once I see a little crocus unfolding, I declare it spring!

To ring in the season, Roanoke Park Conservancy is sponsoring a talk Tuesday, March 26th, at 6pm. Chris DeLong and Brett Shoffner, will be discussing the park’s tree inventory and trail-building plans at Prospero’s Uptown Books in the Valentine Shopping Center, 3600 Broadway #107 (click here to register for the event).

While some are getting out to enjoy the warmer weather, others may choose to stay in and do some much-needed spring cleaning. Don’t forget that May 18th, 7am-12pm is Spring Dumpster Day. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Anita Buck, 913-963-6872, or fill out a dumpster day volunteer sign-up form. If you need assistance moving items to a dumpster, we usually have volunteers who can help. Don’t feel shy about asking for a hand – that’s what neighbors are for.

The city’s spring curb-side leaf and brush pick-up is Monday April 1st. Bulky item pick-up can be scheduled at no added cost on your regular trash day by calling 311 or submitting an online request at

Depending on logistics, we intend to resume Movies in the Park this year. The construction in the park from St. Luke’s hospice project on Southwest Trfy kept us out of our usual location in 2012. Hopefully the construction will be completed soon or we can find a suitable alternate location for 2013. Keep an eye out on Karnes for our event announcement signs or check our event calendar to stay up-to-date in-between newsletters.


Multi-Neighborhood Picnic, Sunday, October 21

Please join us for the annual Multi-Neighborhood Picnic in Roanoke Park this Sunday, October 21! 3-5pm (or later – you can stay until sunset if you like!). Coleman Highlands is sponsoring the event this year. We’ve got Loaded Goat providing the music and we’ll also have apple cider on tap to get everyone in the the mood for the fall season! Bring your own picnic basket, blankets and chairs, and anything else you might want to drink. Feel free to bring a frisbee or some other outdoor game, too. The weather is going to be GREAT!

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