Prepared by Dona Boley
Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Formed —1969

Incorporated —1974
The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association was incorporated as "A General Not For Profit Corporation" on April 30th 1974. Frank Kirk, Edward C. Gardner, Rosie Gardner, and Effie Irene Sapp are listed as the people forming the corporation. The name of the initial Registered Agent was John E. Piepho. The first directors of the board were Jerry Love, Carol Bradstreet, Robert Woodson, John R. Peipho, Carmen Tonyes, Howard Tonyes, Marie Batman, Ivan Sutton, Marie Kellogg, and Brad Van Heck.

"The purpose of the association is to foster the best interests of the residents of the Hyde Park Neighborhood, by educating the community to the issues and problems faced by the Hyde Park Neighborhood."

Temporary Traffic Changes —1976
  • 3300 Holmes went from one way north to one way south
  • 3400 Campbell went from one way south to one way north
  • 3400 Harrison went from one way north to two way

Neighborhood Housing Services —1976
NHS is considering coming into south Hyde Park

Janssen Place was listed on the National Register of Historic Places —1976

Wading Pool—1976
Wading pool and fountain were constructed in south and the casting pool removed.

Neighborhood Improvement Grant —1976-7
Neighborhood improvement grant was used for curbs and sidewalk repair through Hyde Park. Major areas were: between 39th and 40th and name street between; Armour; Harrison Boulevard; 39th Street; and Gillham around Hyde Park. Left over funds were to be used to trim trees and replace missing ones.

Sidewalk in Harrison Parkway —1977
The red brick-like sidewalk was installed on Harrison Parkway.

The First Festival—1977
"Someone asked what I thought caused Hyde Park´s turn around. My immediate answer was the Hyde Park Festival.

"The Hyde Park Festival was born thanks to Sally Ackerly, wife of the principal of Notre Dame de Sion lower school, who lived at 3600 Charlotte. Sally loved Hyde Park and had never seen such a concentration of stately old homes. Her dream was to show them off to other people.

"Her first meeting was held at the school with a handful of parents. Betty Kostelac and myself were the only parents that lived in Hyde Park, so we were elected to be Tour Directors. The other mothers all agreed to fix and serve dinners, sandwiches, cake, and ice cream.

"One tour guide was signed up for each hour to tour a group through the entire house. We expected several hundred people for our first festival, but we had over 3,000. After talking for two days, eight hours straight, in our 1900´s taffeta and velvet long dresses in 90 degree weather, we celebrated with a case of Champaign and a swim in the Boy Scout monument. We finished this fantastic weekend walking the streets of Hyde Park serenading our wonderful neighbors.

"The first Hyde Park Festival was over and more successful then our wildest dreams."

Bette Hetzel, July 1978

Central Hyde Park Markers —1978
The central Hyde Park markers were installed in 1978. Will Nettleship designed the markers. He did not design nor were there any plans to have designed wording such as Hyde Park to go on the markers.

Curb and sidewalk repairs in Hyde Park south—1978.

Neighborhood Strategy Area—1978
Hyde Park is the recipent of a major Federal housing program, Neighborhood Strategy Area. Hyde park went through a real soul-searching process to decide if the program was in the best interests of the area. Opinion was, and remains, strongly divided. However, the program has been aproved by the City Council and is proceeding.

Home Savings Association committed $1.25 million in loans to Hyde Park.—January 1979

One Side Parking
Residents along the 3600 and 3700 block of Holmes and the 3600 block of Charloote and Campbell circulated petitions requesting single side parking on their blocks. A major beneift will be that the city snow removal service will now be able to plow these streets in winter, something the city was generally unable to do previously because of the narrowness of the passage when cars are parked on both sides of these streets. 1979.

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Armour & Gillham Mini-Park —1980
The mini-park at Armour Boulevard and Gillham Road will soon be a reality. Jackson County has agreed to turn the vacant lot over to the Kansas City Department of Parks and Recreation and they have agreed to develop and maintain it as a mini-park. Because of ownership issues and the demolition costs, this project took eight years to straighten out. Aggie Stackhous was the driving force behind the effort.

Paint Program Successful—1980
Approximately 118 Hyde Park homes will be painted this summer under the "Paint Up Program." Free paint and supplies were provided to residents who met income buidelines." Six south Hyde Park blocks were chosen as a part of the Paint Up Demonstration Project. Income guidelines for those blocks were removed.

Temporary Street Closing—1981
Survey was completed regarding the closing of the 45th and Gillham (Harrison) traffic triangle and the the decision was that the triangle would be closed temporarily to determine the effect on the neighborhood. The Parks Department has now asked us to consider the temporary closing of the two remaining traffic triangles on Gillham.

Softball Diamonds—1981
Because of the serious traffic, parking, abundance of trash and noise problems created by the intensive use of the four softball diamonds, two diamonds were removed.

North Curbs and Sidewalks—1981
Curb and sidewalk program is moving right along in north. Watch the new sod that is being put down. We have had trouble with someone stealing the sod after it has been laid.

Rest Rooms and Jogging Trail —1982
Grand opening was held June 12, 1982, Memorial Day weekend, for the new rest rooms and jogging trail in Gillham Park.

Thanks! You "Urned" It —1982
The South Hyde Park urns were installed in 1982.

Armour Boulevard Community Development Corporation —1983
The Armour Boulevard Community Development Corporation was incorporated on April 26, 1983. ABCD Corp, is a not-for-profit corporation chartered for the purpose of furthering the economic development and social welfare of the Armour Boulevard Area. The area generally includes Armour Boulevard from Broadway to Paseo and one block on either side of Armour. The Board of ABCD Corp. consists of representatives of banks and financial institutions, apartment owners and managers, churches and neighborhoods. ABCD Corp. intends to act as a catalyst to enable the neighborhood associations (Broadway-Gillham, Hyde Park and Squire Park), business associations, residents and property owners to revitalize Armour Boulevard and the adjoining neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Retreat —1983
The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association sponsored an all day planning retreat at Notre Dam De Sion. Over 50 residents attended.

Street Closed —1984
Thirty-sixth Street was closed between Harrison Blvd. and Troost Avenue on August 1, 1984. This closure was a beginning of a program designed to decrease noise from non-residential traffic, decrease accessibility of the neighborhood to the criminal element, slow traffic down to acceptable speed, and generally enhance the environment of the neighborhood. This closing was to have been concurrent with another at Harrison Blvd. and 39th Street. Approval is now pending, based on the outcome of a meeting with the Parks Department Board.

Car Stickers —1984
The Hyde Park car window decals proclaiming we are "preserving the past for the future" are available from Dona and Bill Boley. The stickers are green with white lettering.

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´Til Death Do We Party! —1985
One of the best ways to know your neighbors is at the Hyde Park Yacht Club. Hard to imagine, since the nearest body of sailing water is hundreds of miles away-but it´s true. The Hyde Park Yacht Club was formed two years ago by a group of neighbors who wanted a good way to keep in contact with old friends and meet new ones.

Crime Patrol started—1985.

Gillham Park Parking —1985
Parking was installed on 41st street between Gillham and Kenwood in 1985.

Historic Kansas City Foundation Rehab Demonstration House —1986
The Historic Kansas City Foundation purchased 616 E. 36th Street as their Rehab Demonstration House. HKCF conducted a series of on-site workshops demonstrating restoration techniques while the house was being transformed into it´s former elegance. Approximately 40 Hyde Parkers took part in a shingle pulling, wall removing, and general cleanup work day May 10, 1986 at 616 E. 36th Street. (Cliff Hall took pictures and video.)

100th Birthday Party —1986
Over 250 people participated in Hyde Park´s 100th birthday party celebration on Harrison Parkway, June 1, 1986. Cake, ice cream and balloons were topped off by free rides on Molly the Trolley. Suzi Lockett and Aggie Stackhaus donated two of the delicious and pretty cakes. Neither one of these ladies are residents of Hyde Park but they are true friends of our neighborhood. The Armour Boulevard Community Development Corp. donated Molly the Trolley. Special thanks also go to Catherine Thompson, who organized the party; Lorrie Chipman, who made the Hyde Park yesterday and today display; Carla Hanson, Carol Hallquist, Carter Pitman, and Clif Hall, who did much of the preparation; and many others who blew up balloons, cut cake an dished up ice cream. Two city councilmen and the mayor attended. Mayor Berkley presented Hyde Park with a proclamation making June 1, 1986 HYDE PARK DAY in commemoration of our 100-year anniversary. Besides the numerous newspaper articles, the 100th birthday party was featured on Channel 9´s 6:00 p.m. news on Friday, May 30th, and on Channel 4´s 6:00 p.m. news on Sunday, June 1st. Way to go Hyde Park!

Neighborhood Brochure —1986
The Communications and Public Relations Committee has produced a Hyde Park Today brochure. Carol Hallquist wrote the copy, Lori Chipman designed the graphics and layout and Clif Hall provided the photographs. The brochure is being used to showcase the neighborhood to real estate agents, bankers, company relocation departments, etc. Neighborhood Housing Services donated $600 to help print the brochure.

Neighborhood Video —1986
A Hyde Park Neighborhood video was produced by Clif Hall to use in promoting the neighborhood.

Homes & Hearth Tour for the 40th National Preservation Conference —October 15-19, 1986
Hyde Park was one of four neighborhoods that participated in the Homes and Hearths of Kansas City special event for participants of the 40th National Preservation Conference. In each neighborhood, several homes within walking distance of one another were open and cocktail refreshments were served in one. The homes that were on tour were: #54, and #42 of Janssen Place, 600 and 642 East 36th Street, 3521 Holmes and 3625 Campbell. Hyde Park volunteers helped showcase the homes.

Gillham Road Construction —1987
Finally, long overdue repairs have begun on Gillham Road. New sidewalks and curbs were installed in the area bordering Gillham Park and the intersection at 39th and Gillham Road. After nearly six months of construction, a five-block section of Gillham Road was reopened to traffic on December 24, 1987. Gillham Road had been closed since July between 42nd Street and Brush Creek Boulevard. The $800,000 project included alteration of a sharp curve near Brush Creek, new pavement, sidewalks, curbs, street lights, and storm sewer. The reopening ceremony for Gillham Road on January 6, 1988 included candle light drive, Mayor and Park Commissioner ride by carriage down the road and reception at 642 E. 36th Street.

100 Year Birthday Party for Hyde Park-The Park —1987
For the 100th birthday of Hyde Park-The Park, a tree planting ceremony was held in the Park. A cake and ice cream reception followed at Aggie and Jim Stackhaus´s home at 3530 Walnut. A pin oak was planted on the southwest corner of the tennis court.

Curbs on Harrison Parkway —1987-8
Curbs were added to Harrison Parkway as part of the 1/2 cent sales tax for neighborhood improvements. Prior to this Harrison Parkway was curbless.

Hyde Park Trees Win Award —1988
The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association won the Governor´s Town Treescape Award in the residential category for the planting of more than 350 street trees in 1987.

By-Laws Revised —1988
Board members will serve staggered terms and Area Directors will be elected to full Board member status.

Rock wall —1989
The rock wall on the north side of Hyde Park, 36th and Gillham Road was built to keep cars from going into the park.

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Annual Hyde Park 4th of July Parade —1990.

General Meeting Change —1991
The General Meetings were changed from monthly to every other month (in odd-numbered months).

Janssen Place Homes Tour —1991
Historic Kansas City Foundation sponsored a Janssen Place Homes Tour on November 16, 1991. Six homes were on tour. Each featured a Thanksgiving theme. On the Friday evening before the tour, a "door to door" food and wine Patron´s Party was held at the houses. The Janssen Place Homes Tour was a fund raising event for the Historic Kansas City Foundation. HKCF has been supportive of Hyde Park; two examples can be seen at 3605 Gillham Road and 616 E. 36th Street. Both of these houses were rehabbed through the efforts of the HKCF.

Annual Pet Clinic —1992
The annual pet clinic was started in 1992. The clinic offers rabies vaccinations for a small fee. Dogs can also receive distemper/parvo vaccinations. Cats can receive distemper/upper respiratory vaccinations. Volunteers help with registration papers and engraving of personalized animal tags.

Hyde Park Office —1993
Thanks to the generosity of Central Presbyterian Church, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association has an office plus some storage space.

Christmas Tour —1993
Four homes in Hyde Park are to be decorated as part of the National Keepsake ornaments convention that it taking place in Kansas City. The addresses are 2,3, and 54 Janssen Place and 616 E. 36th Street. The houses will be professionally decorated for Christmas by Hallmark designers. The tour of homes will open only to Club members participating in the convention on September 4, but Hallmark Cards has graciously allowed HPNA to conduct a public fundraising tour of the homes on September 5. The convention is a repeat of a prior convention held on July 8-10. About 900 club members from across North America toured the Hyde Park homes then. From a wonderful woodland theme to quaint Victorian at its finest, no other Christmas tour exceeds this one.

Banners —1993
The new Hyde Park banners were designed by Stephanie Smith of S & Co. Design. The colors are burgundy and blue printed on a heavy white vinyl. The banners are to be installed before Festival.

New Brochure —1993
A new Historic Hyde Park Brochure was completed in October 1993. The brochure was designed to complement the banners and will be distributed to local businesses, Realtors, corporate relocation managers, civic and government leaders and to the local media.

Berdella House Demolished —1993
Del Dunmire demolished Bob Berdella´s house at 4315 Charlotte. In 1995 Dunmire deeded the vacant lot to HPNA who then split the land between the two neighboring houses.

Family Day and Picnic —1994
Nearly 100 Hyde Park neighborhood children and adults gathered for organized games and a picnic.

Troost Midtown Community Center Opens —1994

Friday Evening Tour for Festival —1994
A new feature of the fall homes tour is a special Friday Evening Tour and reception. Tickets for the event were $15 each, two for $25.

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Grant for Fall Cleanup —1995
HPNA received a grant in the amount of $3,130 for a Fall Neighborhood Cleanup. The grant was received from the Neighborhood Self Help Fund, which is administered by Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Affiliated Trusts.

Central Hyde Park Downzoned —1995
Central Hyde Park was rezoned R2a.

Candlelight Tour—1995
Friday Evening Tour for fall homes festival becomes Candlelight Tour.

Shady Days Ahead for SHP —1996
Hyde Park will branch out by planting a total of 70 trees in South Hyde Park next spring, thanks to a $3,000 dollar grant that was recently approved for the neighborhood. Branch Out Missouri, a program offered by the Forestry Division of the Missouri Department of Conservation, supplies funding to neighborhoods to purchase and plant trees on public property. Neighborhood Housing Services will augment the grant with an additional $2,000 and Kansas City Councilwoman Aggie Stackhaus has committed $2,000 from the 4th District reforestation budget. The Street Tree Service of the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department will supply the trees and carry out the planting. Neighborhood residents will take responsibility for the watering, remulching, and weeding as necessary.

First Home Page on the Web —1996
As part of a grant from Boatmen´s Bank and in cooperation with the Metropolitan Community Colleges, the Community Resource Network has a goal to establish a vital and dynamic communication network for nonprofit organizations. Proceeds from the grant will help to offset the expense of maintaining an Internet server. Hyde Park will be using the site to publish important information about our neighborhood and midtown.

Gardener´s Skill Recognized —1996 Bill Desmone's garden at 4431 Campbell is selected as one of seven gardens featured on the 1996 Tour of Gardens sponsored by the Garden Center Association of Greater Kansas City. With good weather, more than 1,000 visitors could tour the garden on the tour day.

Neighborhood Tool Shed Opens —1996
HPNA received $2,300 through the Kansas City Community Foundation´s Self-Help Grant Fund to set up a tool shed. The purpose of the tool shed is to make available to dues paying members various hand and power tools and equipment. A nominal maintenance fee per rental period will be charged for use of the power equipment. The fee will be used to cover the cost of gas, oil, blade sharpening, and other routine upkeep.

Police Department Redistricts —1996
The boundaries for the Central District Patrol Division were changed to include all of Hyde Park. Prior to this the area south of 39th Street was in Metro Division.

Boulevard Beautification —1997
The triangle areas at 36th and Gillham Road and at 33rd and Gillham Road have been landscaped. Neighborhood volunteers provided the labor for digging and planting the shrubs. The project was spearheaded by Kent Taylor and included Dave Perron, Mellon Kennedy, Micheal Drabanski, Anson Kibby, Matt Levi, and Tom Brennan.

New Banners —1997
Bryan Jordan was selected as the designer of the new banners for Hyde Park. The banner colors are cranberry, royal blue and deep yellow printed on a heavy white vinyl, they feature the words "Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood" with the Hyde Park Logo and a Corinthian column.

Stone Planter Installed —1998
The lion head planter that was being stored at the parks maintenance building at 39th and Gillham Road has been installed in the triangle area at Harrison Boulevard and Harrison Parkway. Matt Levi was responsible.

Come One, Come All! —1998
Meet your neighbor´s picnic held in Gillham Park. Barbecued meat and soda pop were provided by St. James Church at a nominal fee.

Rain —1998
Torrential rains came the final night of the fall homes tour. Major flooding included one of the houses that had been on the tour.

Diseased Elms Removed —1999
Twenty-three diseased elms were removed from Harrison Boulevard.

Gardens in South Hyde Park —1999
Two entrance areas were created in south Hyde Park. They are at 41st and Kenwood and 39th and Charlotte. Stone walls and pillars are topped with urns. The areas were planted by volunteers from the neighborhood and NHS.

More Urns in South Hyde Park —1999

Gas Line Construction Causes Problems —1999
Missouri Gas Energy replaced all the gas lines in Hyde Park causing numerous concerns and problems with sidewalks, trees and water lines.

New Street Lights —1999
Hyde Park received all new street lights as part of the city´s initiative to upgrade all the lights.

No Homes Tour —1999
There was no homes tour for the first time since 1977 because of a lack of a tour chair and tour homes.

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39th Street Planting —2000

Designer´s Showhouse XXXI in Hyde Park —2000
The Junior Women´s Symphony Alliance Designer Showhouse is 96 Janssen Place.

Web Site Updated —2000
The new Hyde Park web site includes e-cards, the Hyde Parker news letter, important neighborhood phone numbers and upcoming events. Members can join on-line and homes tour tickets may be purchased on-line. Bryan Jordan was the designer.

Historic Marker at Parks Maintenance Building —2000
The Kessler Society, as part of KC150 projects, installed a historic marker for the parks maintenance building at 39th and Gillham Rd. The building, built in 1905, was designed as an "ornamental barn" by the master architect Adriance Van Brunt. It was used to house horses, sprinkling carts, and other vehicles used by the park forces. The barn originally contained twelve ordinary horse stalls, a hospital stall, wagon sheds, harness room, tool room, office, and a men´s room.

More Urns in South Hyde Park —2000
Six more urns were donated to the Parks Department. Five are on new stone pedestals. This finishes the urn program in south Hyde Park.

HPNA Awarded 2001 Preservation Award —2001
Historic Kansas City Foundation gave the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association a 2001 Preservation Award in the category of "Difference Makers—Proactive Preservation." The neighborhood was honored for 23 years of Historic Homes tours. "They (Hyde Park" have promoted a resurgence of investment, not only in Hyde Park but also in other historic neighborhoods in Kansas City. The success of their tours is an ongoing testimony to the value of grassroots preservation."

Add a Tree Program —2001
To encourage the re-treeing of Hyde Park, HPNA will match 50/50 up to $70 of the cost of a street tree through the Kessler Society or a front yard tree purchased by the homeowner.

Neighborhood Survey —2001
A neighborhood survey was distributed through the Hyde Parker. Over 50 residents responded.

Janssen Place Gets a Makeover —2001
Janssen Place received new sidewalks, new curbs and new concrete inlets to the driveways. The street was completely torn out to the sub-surface and was redone. New 5-globe Victorian lights were installed in the parkway. The streets at the entrance were widened to 16 feet to meet current city requirements. The total cost—$1 million. Paid by the residents.

39th Street Triangle Landscaping —2001
Permanent landscape materials on the triangle at 39th and Gillham were installed by volunteers. The funds were provided through Neighborhood Housing Services for Neighborworks Week.

Retreat —2001

RAMP —2001
RAMP, homeowner rehabilitation grants through Costco/Home Depot TIF, started in part of north Hyde Park.

Entrance Markers Repaired —2001
The eight entrance markers in central Hyde Park had the old surface stripped, were cleaned and bonding agent applied. A final acrylic-modified sand and cement mixture was applied and trawled smooth.

100 Year Ice Storm —2002
Power was lost in neighborhood homes for up to a week.

Harrison Parkway Restoration —2002
Restoration of historic Harrison Parkway was started through a $125,000 PIAC grant. The project started with removal and clean-up of the existing trees and shrubs.

Pillars & Urns for North —2002
Three stone pillars with urns were installed in north along Gillham Road. This completed the urn program in Hyde Park.

Tourism Grant —2002
Hyde Park received a $11,200 grant from the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourism Fund for the homes tour.

GRIP (Gillham Road Improvement Project—2003
Five neighborhoods have jointed together to from GRIP to restore the historic parkway.

South Downzoned–2003
Most of south Hyde Park was downzoned to R2b.

Skateboard Park—2003
A skateboard task force proposal to place a 16,000 square foot skateboard park in Gillham Road causes controversy and numerous heated meetings.

No Homes Tour—2003
Because of a lack of homes for the historic homes tour, this year's tour was cancelled.

Harrison Trees
One hundred and eighty-eight trees were planted in this historic landscape restoration. The project committee studied documentary evidence, including George Kessler's pen and ink drawings of the Parkway, early photographs, old aerial studies and actual stump remains to determine where to put new trees. Kessler conceived the park as an unstructured space, with specimen trees, "woody" groves and open spaces occurring as they might naturally.

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