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!

Construction work on the Gillham Park Sprayground

Construction began yesterday on our new sprayground.  Neighborhood meetings were held in November 2015 to get input from the four GRIP (Gillham Road Improvement Project) neighborhoods. An online survey was made available to the neighborhoods at the same time.  Based on neighborhood input, the design consultant presented a conceptual design of the proposed sprayground at the January 2016 Hyde Park Neighborhood Association meeting.

The project received $100,000 PIAC funding in May 2016 for design work.  The design consultant prepared construction documents for the sprayground so it was ready to be built once adequate funding was made available.  In May 2017 the project received an additional $290,000 PIAC funding.  The final amount to begin construction, nearly $400,000, was donated by a local Kansas City family foundation who wishes to remain anonymous.

Elaine McDermott: A Lasting Impression

This article originally appeared in the March/April issue of the Hyde Parker.

Elaine McDermott moved to 4012 Charlotte Street almost 34 years ago, and during her time in Hyde Park she made a big impact on her neighbors and the neighborhood itself. Moving to Kansas City from a small town in Iowa, Elaine says one of the first reasons she chose to get involved was to meet people. She worked on many neighborhood initiatives over the years, including serving on the HPNA Board, putting South Hyde Park on the National Historic Register, and volunteering on many of the Homes Tours. Elaine co-chaired the tour in 1989, and her own home was featured on the tour and in Star Magazine in 2002. One of Elaine’s most memorable projects was the long process of downzoning Hyde Park, which involved many city meetings and being very politically active on behalf of the neighborhood.

Elaine also worked with Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) as a representative of South Hyde Park and later as president of the NHS board. Serving alongside neighbors and friends there, the partnership with this organization brought several beautification programs in Hyde Park. Among them were the installation of decorative urns throughout the neighborhood that we see adorned each year with colorful flowers, and the planting of hundreds of trees throughout Hyde Park. Elaine secured multiple grants to plant trees along residential streets and other areas.

Neighbors Kay Boehr and Dona Boley remember working together with Elaine on the Gillham Road Improvement Project, the plan responsible for bringing the updated playground to 41st and Kenwood and many other improvements that helped make our neighborhood and Gillham Park the shady, walkable, and family friendly area it is today. Speaking of their work together, Boehr recalls, “She was the energy that drove so many projects that made a huge difference in our neighborhood.”

Elaine is retiring this year from Kansas City Public Schools, and she will be moving to West Plaza. Her advice to neighbors interested in getting involved, “Show up and volunteer! There will always be someone who needs help, and there are always people willing to help. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors.”

SHP Rep featured on Fox4KC

Nickolas Wood, South Hyde Park Representative on the HPNA Board, was featured on Fox4KC news for his neighborhood clean-up efforts.

Nick is a neighbor who gets things done. Between waiting for scheduled dumpster days, Nick, along with other neighbors, has taken the initiative to clean up the streets and alleys in South Hyde Park. Watch or read the Fox4KC feature by clicking here.

Thanks, Nick, for your contributions to our neighborhood!

Funding Secured for Gillham Park Sprayground

We are happy to announce that KC Parks and Recreation were able to secure private funding to cover the remaining amount of funding needed to build the sprayground in Gillham Park! They are currently finalizing the contract documents with the contractor, Mega Industries. Stay tuned for more updates on when they anticipate starting work!
For more information on the spray park and how it plays in to the Gillham Road Improvement Project, please visit this page of our website, published during the proposal period in 2015.

Welcome to the new HydeParkKC.org!

Today marks the official launch of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association’s NEW website! When our website was first built in the early 2000s, it was a great tool for its time – loaded with information, much of which you can expect to be posted here in our “History” category (you’ll have to come back to read it!) However as the years have gone by, times have changed and we desperately needed an updated website that would be beautiful, easily navigable, and quickly updated by Board members.

Enter the Hyde Park Communications Committee, comprised of Board members Lydia DeMonte, Troy Batson, Chad Moore, and Clara Keller, as well as neighbors Stephanie Smith and Anthony Carver. Together we determined what exactly Hyde Park needed in a website, and put out an RFP. Ultimately we chose neighbors Dave Kimmis and Tom Free to design and build this beautiful website which you are looking at today!

Please take your time looking through our website, and check back with our blog often for updates. There are still updates to be made, and we are looking for additions to our Communications Committee to keep the website current and contribute content. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Lydia DeMonte at correspondingsecretary@hydeparkkc.org.


Thanks and I look forward to sharing our neighborhood with you!


Lydia DeMonte
Corresponding Secretary and Communications Committee Chair
Hyde Park Neighborhood Association