There are few seasons quite as festive as fall. The crisp air, vibrant colors, and Halloween holiday (and copious amounts of sugar!), make for some fantastic family memories. And Darol Rodrock’s ingenious Moms’ Council has plans well underway to bring this favorite time of year to life within Rodrock Developments.
Darol understood that a collection of houses and winding streets don’t make a community. Instead, relationships, camaraderie, and opportunities to gather and celebrate help build a true sense of togetherness. For that reason, in the early 1980’s, he created the Rodrock Development Moms’ Council.
Friendships and families are fostered through get-togethers hosted by Darol’s groundbreaking Moms’ Council. An array of family-friendly activities are planned thanks to the Council, including spring egg hunts, Memorial Day pool-opening parties, July 4th bike-a-thons, outdoor movie nights, and pumpkin-carving contests. In December, families adore the holiday hayride and caroling event, which features huge Belgian draft horses pulling wagons down decorated streets. Santa even comes to visit, talking to each child within the community.
These gatherings help new neighbors have fun, but they also build a strong sense of community and help provide families—and importantly children—a safe place to grow up. And it’s a difference that resonates deeply with residents.
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“The Moms’ Council has provided such a sense of community for our neighborhood and our family,” says Aubree Barbosa of Grayson Place. “When we were looking for a new home, we were hoping to find a neighborhood that had exactly what the Moms’ Council helps to provide. The Moms’ Council to me is about so much more than just holiday events. It’s about the feeling of celebration and community it brings to the neighborhoods lucky enough to have them.”
And fall is a fantastic time of year for community, celebration, and fun! “The various Moms’ Councils are all hard at work on their fall Halloween parties,” says Tammy Coody, the Moms’ Council Coordinator for Rodrock Development. “There are pumpkin decorating parties, jack-o-lantern contests, and costume parades with music, refreshments, and fun for all. It is one of the favorite events in the communities!”
Aubree says that Grayson Place’s annual Halloween costume party and parade are already planned. “We play games, have treats, and then parade around the pond in costume! In the past, we’ve also had a Haunted House set up for kids to walk through. It’s always a great event and gets everyone in the Halloween spirit!”
The efforts of the Moms’ Council are just one example of Darol’s dedication to healthy neighborhoods. His developments are laced with paved trails, linking neighbors, providing easy access to the communities’ amenities and local schools, and serving as an invitation for evening strolls. Amazing amenities—including well-equipped playgrounds, zero-entry pools, richly appointed clubhouses with workout facilities, sports courts, and more—delight families and build a sense of community and camaraderie.
Still, these are not the only added extras Rodrock Development children get to enjoy. As part of a three-year partnership between Rodrock Development and Sporting KC, some lucky 150 kiddos get to participate in a soccer clinic at the stadium—including scrimmages and drills. The once-in-a-lifetime afternoon wraps with a question-and-answer session with select Sporting KC players and a locker room tour!
Growing up in a Rodrock Community provides opportunities for growth, fun, and family memories that are simply incredible. The Moms’ Council helps foster a community where neighbors become friends, every cul-de-sac becomes a center of play, holidays are celebrated, and families are supported—through thick and thin.
Tammy says she can’t count the number of times she’s been told how grateful residents are to have this concept offered to them. “The Moms’ Council is so important because of the busy lives we lead. It offers the opportunity for residents of all ages to participate in family-oriented activities right in their own ‘backyards.’ It provides a sense of neighborhood connectedness, as well as a sense of belonging. I believe we all still seek that, maybe more so now than ever. The fact that the Moms’ Council is still in place, for 30-some years, speaks volumes to our desire to feel part of a bigger family.”
For more information on Rodrock communities and its unique Mom’s Council, visit Rodrock.com