Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Hyde Park so special?

Hyde Park is located on land that once was a watering hole for pioneers on the Santa Fe Trail. Wagons circled for a night’s stay near Gleed Terrace and Charlotte Street. In the 1890’s the first homes were constructed. The architecture varies immensely to include styles such as Victorian, Colonial Revivals, Craftsman, Prairie, Kansas City “shirtwaist”, Shingle, and Bungalow. A number of the houses were designed by Kansas City’s most prominent architects. From the turn of the century until World War II, a Hyde Park address indicated wealth and prestige. Some of the City’s most influential residents lived in Hyde Park. As a well-preserved, turn-of-the-century neighborhood, Hyde Park contains 4 districts on the Kansas City and/or National Register of Historic Places as well as 7 individual buildings. In addition parts of Kansas City’s famous parks and boulevard system designed by George E. Kessler are in Hyde Park.

But our history is not all that makes Hyde Park special. We are fortunate to have a vibrant community full of diverse and caring neighbors. Homeowners and renters alike help one another and become like family. Our historic park system serve as meeting places for the families and friends living in our special urban community. Neighbors say Hyde Park has that small town feel, but with all of the perks of city life. Take a walk down any Hyde Park street on a pleasant day and you’ll see what we mean when we say we have “front porch culture” — don’t take our word for it, visit and see for yourself!

For more information, please visit the About Hyde Park page.

Where is Hyde Park?

Located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, Hyde Park is only minutes from the Plaza, the Nelson and Kemper museums, Westport, Crown Center, Union Station, the Crossroads Arts District and the Troost Overlay District.

What are Hyde Park’s boundaries?

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association boundaries are 31st Street on the north, 47th Street on the south, Troost Avenue on the east and Gillham Road on the west.

Is the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association a not-for-profit?

Yes. The Association is a registered 501-c3. Donations and memberships are tax deductible.

Can I become a member and if so how?

Membership is open to all persons over the age of 18 years, who are residents of, or who operate a business, or institution officed within the Hyde Park boundaries. The membership web page provides the details on how to become a member.

When does the HPNA meet?

Monthly Neighborhood Meetings: The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association facilitates neighborhood meetings at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at Central Presbyterian Church, 3501 Campbell. If you would like to add an item to the agenda, contact the 1st Vice President.

Board Meetings: The Board meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at Central Presbyterian Church, 3501 Campbell.

Crime Meetings: The Crime meeting is held at 7:00 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month at Central Patrol, 1200 East Linwood Boulevard. For additional information, please contact the Committee Chair.

All meetings are open to the public.

What is the crime like in Hyde Park?

Hyde Park neighbors pride themselves on maintaining a safe neighborhood by communicating with one another and encouraging a “front porch culture.” Still, like all Midtown neighborhoods, it is not without crime. The HPNA along with Central Patrol facilitate monthly crime meetings at the Central Patrol Division Station, 1200 Linwood Blvd. We understand that not everyone is comfortable going in to a police station, so you are also welcome to reach out to the crime chair or any Board member with concerns.

For more information on crime in Hyde Park, we recommend visiting CrimeReports.com.

Is Hyde Park a good place to raise a family?

Visit the Gillham Park playground on a sunny day after school, and you will see that there are many children in Hyde Park! As more and more families move to our neighborhood, there have become more educational opportunities. For a list of schools in Hyde Park, visit the About Hyde Park page and scroll down, or visit ShowMeKCSchools.org.

What are the rules for putting a fence up?

Front yard fences are restricted to 48 inches. In March 2000 the City of Kansas City, Missouri passed a Fences and Walls ordinance number 000138. The ordinance specifies fence and wall heights of residential properties. The ordinance does not apply to any fence or wall constructed prior to March 20, 2000. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this ordinance upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day a fence or wall is maintained in violation of this ordinance or any provision thereof shall constitute a separate offense. The ordinance includes no specifications for fencing or wall materials.

  1. Fences and walls: Generally, no fence or wall over six feet high shall be erected on a residential lot, provided that this height restriction is further limited in subsections (b), (c), (d) and (e) of this section.
    Front yard fences and walls. No fence or wall in the front year of a residential lot may be over 48 inches high. For the purposes of this subsection, front yard is defined as the open space on the same lot with a building used as a residence, between the front wall of the building and the line of that wall extended, the side property lines of the lot, and the front property line of the lot nearest the street on which the building fronts.
  2. Front yard fences and walls on vacant lots. No fence or wall in the front yard of a vacant residential lot may be over 48 inches high. For the purposes of this subsection, the front year is defined as the open space between the platted or established front building line, the side property lines of the lot, and the front property lone of the lot nearest the street. The depth of a front yard of any vacant residential lot shall not be less than the least depth of the front yard of any existing improved residential property on the same side of the street within the same block.
  3. Fences and walls on corner lots. No fence or wall in the front or side yard of a residential property may be over 48 inches high. For the purposes of this subsection, side yard is defined as the open space on the same lot with a building used as a residence, situated between the side wall of the building or structure and side property line of the lot nearest the street and extending through from the front yard to the rear yard. For purposes of this subsection, the rear yard is defined as the open space on the same lot with a building used as a residence between the rear line of the building and that line extended, the side property lines of the lot and the rear property line of the lot.
  4. Fences and walls on vacant corner lots. No fence or wall in the front or side yard of a residential corner lot may be over 48 inches high. For the purposes of this subsection, side yard is defined as the open space situated between the platted or established side yard setback line and the side property line of the lot nearest the street and extending through from the front yard to the platted or established rear yard setback line.
  5. Applicability. The requirements of this section do not apply to walls of buildings, portions of retaining walls below grade on one or both sides, or to any fence or wall constructed prior to March 20, 2000.

Alarm Permits

Kansas City’s alarm ordinance was implemented to reduce the number of police dispatches to false alarms. The ordinance encourages alarm users and alarm businesses to properly utilize alarm systems and to maintain their operational reliability. The ordinance requires that all alarm users obtain an alarm permit from the Police Department. Police response on an alarm activation will be denied until the alarm user has obtained the alarm permit.

To obtain an alarm permit the alarm user will need to submit an alarm permit application along with the $45 permit fee. It can be mailed along with a check or money order made payable to the Board of Police Commissioners to : Kansas City Police Department Alarm Administrator 1125 Locust Kansas City, MO 64106. Credit cards also are now accepted and can be taken over the phone, in person, or the card number can be mailed in with the permit.

Download Alarm Permit Application

The renewal fee is based on the number of false alarms occurring at the site during the alarm year.  For residential permits the renewal is automatic and free if there are two or few false alarms during the permit year.  Three or more false alarm dispatches during the year makes the renewal fee $49 per false alarm up to a maximum of $147.

Alarm user awareness classes are available throughout the year through the Police department.  Contact the Private Alarm Section at 816-889-1493 for details and reservations.

How do I have large trash items picked up?

As of September 1, 2008, there is no long regular monthly pickup for bulky items such as appliances and furniture; you MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. To make an appointment for the collection of bulky items, please contact the City’s 3-1-1 Action Center at (816) 513-1313.

See the KCMO Public Works Bulky Item Pickup page for more information about what kind of items can be put out for collection and other details of the program.