Halloween Trick-or-Treating
Halloween is almost here! There are lots of families with children in Hyde Park and welcoming trick-or-treaters can be a great way to meet your neighbors! If you plan to treat costumed characters to candy this year and would like to be included in a neighborhood map of participating households, please send an email with your address to mhewitt10@hotmail.com. Households will receive an orange balloon they can post outside their homes when they are ready to receive trick-or-treaters. We could also use several volunteers to help with balloon delivery- over 50 households participated last year!
Proposed Hyde Park Community Improvement District

Hyde Park was established long before the idea of mandatory “neighborhood associations” or “homeowner associations” became popular to fund services and programs for residents. The creation of a Community Improvement District (CID) would allow Hyde Park to enjoy many of the same benefits provided by associations in more modern developments. Enhanced security, beautification of public areas, infrastructure improvements and repairs, and trash control, in addition to the types of programs and services currently provided by the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, could be funded by a Hyde Park CID.


Establishment of a Community Improvement District is done through a petition, which outlines the services and physical improvements the CID will be responsible for providing, along with detailed information about the cost to property owners. The petition must be signed by at least 50% of the property owners within the neighborhood’s boundaries. Additionally, the property owned by those signing the petition must represent at least 50% of the assessed value of all properties within the neighborhood’s boundaries. Once the requirements of the petition are met, the City establishes the CID by ordinance and the assessments are collected along with property taxes each year and distributed by the County directly to the CID. Neither the City nor the County keeps any of the money collected for the CID.


Meetings will be held to determine potential services and assessments. For example:  All single family homes could be established at a set flat rate, multi-family buildings at a tiered rate based on number of units, and all commercial properties also assessed at a set flat rate (likely the same as single family homes). Not-for-profit organizations, including religious institutions, would be exempt, but may choose to participate. Assessments would likely be between $7 and $10 per month for a single family home or business to fund an effective CID. The assessments would apply to all properties within the neighborhood boundaries. The voluntary membership dues structure that HPNA currently has would be replaced by the CID funding.


If this all sounds familiar, it IS. Before the Great Recession, there was a similar effort, but it was put on hold until economic conditions were more favorable. Now really is a great time to insure that we have a sustainable, affordable funding mechanism for the services and improvements we think are most important to enhancing the quality of life in Hyde Park.


There are three neighborhood forums scheduled to discuss what residents would like to see funded by a CID, as well as how such an entity would be structured. Please plan to attend one or both of the forums to learn more.


Hyde Park CID Neighborhood Forums

Central Presbyterian Church, Lower Level

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:00 AM – 12 Noon

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10:00 AM – 12 Noon

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Be sure to visit the CID website at www.HydeParkCID.org and take the Resident Priorities Survey. The site also has answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about a Hyde Park CID.

Meetings Schedules

Regular Association Meetings: Third Tuesday of every month, Central Presbyterian Church, 3501 Campbell, 7 p.m.  If you would like to add an item to the agenda, contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Annual Association Meeting: Third Tuesday of November, Central Presbyterian Church, 3501 Campbell, 7 p.m.

Board Meetings: Second Monday monthly, Central Presbyterian Church, Armour at Campbell, 6:30 p.m. Board meetings are open to the public.

Crime Meetings: Last Thursday monthly, Central Patrol, 1200 E. Linwood Boulevard, 7 p.m. For additional information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If I Were a Thief

Attached is a booklet from the KCPD containing crime prevention tips.

The weather is getting nicer.

Don't Forget the 7:00 p.m. Crime Meeting on the last Thursday of every month at the Central Patrol Police Station.

Historic Preservation Awards

A Missouri Historic Preservation recipient of the 2014 McReynolds Award for ongoing commitment to preservation was MAC Property Management, for the rehabilitation of multiple Armour Boulevard apartment buildings.

View down Armour looking east.











The Hyde Park Homes Tour received the Historic Kansas City Foundation Community Catalyst Excellence Award in 2012.

(Photographic Creations)

Janssen Place Pillars

The Neo-Classic Revival-style entrance to Janssen Place is at the north end of the divided street. Erected in 1897, the gateway is constructed with white Arkansas limestone. Large pillars frame an entablature supported by three Ionic columns containing the words “Janssen Place.”


Hyde Park needs your help.

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association has 10 graffiti removal kits that are available to individuals who are willing to adopt a block within the neighborhood. You would be responsible for removing graffiti tags, photographing and reporting damage.  If graffiti is a problem on your block, do something about it. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in adopting a block and receiving a graffiti removal kit.

Here are the maps of Hyde Park.  The blocks that need graffiti removal volunteers are indicated.  Sign up for your block today!

North Hyde Park

Central Hyde Park

South Hyde Park

Griffiti Kit Contents

Kansas City's Historic Hyde park

The popular fly-casting pool at Forty-first Street and Gillham Road gave residents a place to practice casting without having to leave town. On certain days, the facility was reserved for children wading. The 1913 casting and wading pool designed by George E. Kessler was rebuilt and enlarged in 1940 and removed in 1976. (Photo Courtesy of MVSC-KCPL.) (from Kansas City's Historic Hyde Park by Patrick Alley and Dona Boley)

Churches in Hyde Park

Gillham & 36th Street, looking south