Sprayground set to open August 9

Construction of the sprayground at 41st and Gillham/Kenwood is almost complete! There will be a ribbon cutting event on Thursday, August 9, at 11 a.m. Further details on this event to come.

For more information from KC Parks, click here.

For previous blog posts concerning the sprayground, click here.

To view details about the original proposal, published in 2015, click here.

Block Parties are a Great Way to Get to Know Your Neighbors

This feature originally appeared in the May/June issue of the Hyde Parker.

At the March neighborhood meeting, North Hyde Park Rep Chad Moore shared information and ideas for hosting block parties. Planning a block party with your neighbors helps you get to know the people living on your street, and a well-connected street makes for a safer neighborhood. Some Hyde Park blocks host annual parties, some invite neighbors from surrounding streets, and others keep things smaller by inviting just the neighbors on their block. If you’re interested planning a block party for your street, permit applications are available online at kcmo.gov/publicworks/permits. Applications must include the signatures of at least 60% of your block and should be submitted one month prior to the event. The HPNA Social Committee has put together some tips and other helpful information to get you started.

Visit the HPNA Blog at hydeparkkc.org/blog to find out more, or you can contact Chad Moore at northrep@hydeparkkc.org if you need more guidance in planning your event.

North Hyde Park block party!

Hyde Park Neighborhood Yard Sale 2018

Saturday, June 9th 8AM – 3PM

It’s warming up again – and we know what that means… yard sales!! Participate in our great neighborhood event by hosting a garage or yard sale, walking the neighborhood to meet your neighbors, and scoring some great deals! The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association will be putting up yard signs, advertising, and create a map of HPNA association member sales. Volunteers are needed to help set out and pick up yard signs. Any neighborhood association members households who would like to be included on the map need to fill out this form here: https://goo.gl/forms/T7RvA90wCWm7XYse2

Questions? Contact Danica Lyons at spanica@gmail.com.

Neighborhood Youth Organize Rally Against Gun Violence

Hello all,

My name is Jancyn Appel, I’m a junior at Pembroke Hill, and I’m one of the organizers of the rally against gun violence happening at Pilgrim Chapel. On April 20th, myself, a group of organizers, and students from over 10 KC Metro schools will gather in the park directly across from Pilgrim Chapel. As a member of the Hyde Park community, I can assure you that this event is safe (we have a city permit and insurance), not politically affiliated, and a place for those who hate what gun violence does to the community and its members. After living in Hyde Park for so long, I know these are all things our neighborhood cares about. We want a thriving, safe, community that is full of people that also want the best for those around them. What I’m asking from you all is support. Whether it’s monetary (gofundme.com/kcmetrowalkout), or just spreading the word. I believe that this student-led effort shows the fortitude of the children in our community and how willing they are to fight for change. 
Thank you so much for your time!
Jancyn Appel
Click here to view the Facebook event.

Show-Me Green Tax holiday

Major appliance purchases exempt from sales tax during Show-Me Green Tax holiday

Now is the time to get serious about the financial benefits of going green. At least that’s the case for folks looking to upgrade a refrigerator or cash in on a great deal for a new washer & dryer or some other energy-saving appliance.

April 19-25 is Missouri’s Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday, and it’s a nice opportunity for Kansas City residents to save money and stimulate the economy. This is one of several sustainability efforts the City supports to incorporate green programs into a broader approach that simultaneously promotes social equity, economic vitality and environmental quality.

ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances purchased during this window within KCMO, located in Jackson County, are exempt from state and city sales tax. In addition, purchases made in the portions of Kansas City, located in Clay, Platte, Jackson and Cass counties are exempt from city, state and county sales tax.

The Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday exempts state sales tax on retail sales of qualifying energy star certified new appliances, up to $1,500 per appliance, during a seven-day period beginning at 12:01 a.m. on April 19 and ending at midnight on April 25.

The following energy star certified appliances qualify for the holiday:

  • Clothes washers
  • Clothes dryers
  • Water heaters
  • Trash compactors*
  • Dishwashers
  • Conventional ovens*
  • Ranges*
  • Stoves*
  • Air conditioners
  • Furnaces
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Heat pumps

(*According to the Energy Star website, trash compactors, conventional ovens, ranges and stoves do not receive an energy star rating.  Therefore, although the statute anticipates that someday they may receive the energy star rating, tax will continue to apply to purchases of these items during the upcoming Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday.)