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.
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 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.
What should I do if I witness or am the victim of a crime?
- In all emergency situations, please call 911.
- For non emergencies, call 816-234-5111.
- To file a report, go in person with your photo ID to the Central Patrol Station, 1200 E. Linwood Blvd.
- To report a crime tip, visit the KC Crime Stoppers Website.
What should I do if I witness suspicious activity?
Call the non emergency number at 816-234-5111 or contact our Community Interaction Officers (CID).
What are Community Interaction Officers (CID)?
These officers are working with neighborhoods in anti- crime efforts. These officers are charged to work with neighborhoods on a regular basis to address specific neighborhood problems and help find possible solutions. They attend the monthly crime meetings at Central Patrol. Our CID officers are:
- Holly Stricken
- Andy Hamil
What constitutes suspicious activity?
Use your best judgment. See this page of Nextdoor.com for information regarding communicating crime, including a list of behaviors which police associate with potential criminal activity.
What should I do with my trash and recycling?
In Hyde Park, trash pick up is every Monday morning. All eligible households receive one collection of residential trash each week. If you have more than two bags, buy a tag for each additional bag. For more information regarding trash pick up, visit the weekly trash collection page of the City website.
Recycling is also picked up on Monday mornings. You can pick up a recycling bin at participating Westlake Ace Hardware and Price Chopper stores (including the Ace Hardware on Westport road). The bins signal trucks to stop, however they also accept additional recyclables in cardboard boxes, paper bags, laundry baskets or rubber tubs. There is no limit on recycling.
Please see the list of items that can be recycled curbside here. Note that glass cannot be recycled curbside. For a list of free Ripple Glass recycling bins, visit Ripple Glass’s website.
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.