Mayor Donald Roberts delivered the annual State of the City on Thursday, March 31. The theme of this year’s speech is Edgerton Together, celebrating how our community reconnected post-pandemic and how we continue to work together to build a brighter future. The event took place in Community Hall.
In his speech, Mayor Roberts reviewed the accomplishments of the past year. He highlighted the opening of the 207th Street Grade Separation and the return of community events. He showcased plans for the Glendell Acres Park renovation project, 8th and Braun intersection improvements, and the Nelson Street CARS project.
He highlighted the small business growth in Edgerton in 2021. New businesses in the Downtown Business District mean the City currently has no vacant retail space downtown. He also addressed the continued growth at Logistics Park Kansas City and its local, regional, and statewide impacts.
Mayor Roberts celebrated two new community events planned for later this year: Cyclones In the Outfield and Meat Inferno. Cyclones In the Outfield started as a charity softball game between our local sheriff deputies and firefighters, but in 2022, it will expand to include a classic car cruise-in along Nelson Street on May 13 and 14. Meat Inferno, our newest event, is a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event that will occur October 7 and 8 in downtown Edgerton. This event includes a KidsQ cooking competition and a Backyard Burger Competition for the Edgerton community. Registration is open now at meatinferno.com. Both of these events include music and food for residents to enjoy Downtown. These new events are the result of the 2020 Citizen Survey and the Recreation Survey, where residents expressed a desire for more community events.
Mayor Roberts concluded the evening with a first peek at the plans for The Greenspace, the new community gathering space planned for Downtown Edgerton. This new building will house a gymnasium, indoor walking track, fitness room and temporary storm shelter. The Lawn will feature a splash pad and outdoor stage that will be perfect for community events. The project is planned to go out for bid later this year.
See video highlights of the speech below or download the 2022 State of the City.
https://youtu.be/p6NdDPMFWYo (Development Highlights)
https://youtu.be/rGwgm0pg938 (Recreation and Events)