The City of Rossville obtained Transportation Enhancement funding through the Kansas Department of Transportation in 2013 to improve the public infrastructure in their downtown. Curbs and sidewalks were replaced, decorative street lighting with banner arms, flag holders, and an audio system was installed, brick paver inlays were installed in various patterns and locations, and street furniture was added to enhance the communities experience on Main Street. Upon completion of the Streetscape Improvements, Shawnee County’s Public Works Department performed a mill and overlay of the asphalt street pavement to complete the beautification efforts.
The community now regularly holds a variety of annual events, including car shows and the locally famous Tall Corn Festival. The community regularly gathers downtown and some events even include closing Main Street to traffic to host car shows and live bands.
The Andrick Park site was also planned as a part of the Streetscape enhancement. A vacant property at the entrance to the downtown, the property owners donated the ground to the City with the request that the property become a park to serve as a gathering place for the community. Master planning of the park site included parking considerations, park lighting and electrical needs, pedestrian and open space uses, and a gazebo as a central focal point of the park.