Gilham Park Spraypark Proposal

In November and January, Parks attended neighborhood meetings with residents of Hyde Park, Old Hyde Park, Southmoreland and Rockhill to discuss the design of the Gillham Park spraypark. Based upon questions at the meeting, we wanted to send out some background information.  First, funding for the spraypark is being independently sought by HPNA through Kansas City's PIAC program.  This is a program completely independent of Parks' budget and the funds can only be used for the project in the application.  So, if we receive funding to build the spraypark, that funding is in no way a diversion of funds from other Parks maintenance or activities.

Second, folks asked about the history of the Gillham Park Master Plan, which is the impetus for the spraypark.  Attached is the Gillham Road Improvement Project ("GRIP") 2003 Report to the Parks Department Development Committee. It was a very intensive three-year process that involved numerous events, individuals, and input from all five neighborhoods that border Gillham Road. Every effort was made to provide opportunities for all residents to express their opinions in person, through US mail, and through emails. The Gillham Road 2005 Master Plan was the outcome of the GRIP effort in partnership with the Parks Planning Department. The 2005 Master Plan was presented to the neighborhood through HPNA newsletter, website, and a general meeting. HPNA approved the 2005 Master Plan and communicated that to the Parks and Recreation Director in February 2005.  The 2005 Master Plan was approved by the Board of Parks and Recreation Department Commissioners.

The Report and Master Plan have guided improvements over the last 10 years to Gillham Road totaling over $600,000 including the new playground and reconstructed stone stairs; bush honeysuckle removal by neighborhood volunteers and over 250 Home Depot volunteers two years in a row; over 50 new trees; resurfaced jogging trail donated; additional turf maintenance south of 39th Street provided by local  foundation; additional turf maintenance north of 39th street provided by neighborhood donor; donated landscaping around Eagle Scout Memorial; and donated funds for upgrading and maintenance of the Eagle Scout fountain. Most of this was made possible because the community had a plan built upon extensive resident input and labors with the support of the Parks Department Planning and maintenance crew.

The proposed design of the spraypark is attached for your review:

Gillham Park Master Plan

Preliminary Spray ground Concept

Concept Sketches



Q How is the spraypark funded?

A The funding is requested from the Public Improvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), which helps decide how to spend a portion of the City's capital improvement budget.

Q Has the funding been approved?

A No.  The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA) submitted a request to the PIAC committee to receive the funding.  The PIAC Committee will make recommendations to the City Council. The Council must vote to allocate the money.

Q What is going to happen to the pool and structures (aka the slabs)?

A The pool is in disrepair and must be removed.  HPNA and KC Parks plan to hold meetings to allow for resident input regarding the fate of the slabs.

Q Why isn't the pool being rehabilitated instead?

A The pool's mechanical systems are beyond repair.  The plan is to keep the pool open during the summer of 2016 to the extent it is safe to do so.

Q Is there going to be additional parking?

A The project's scope is limited to the spraypark.

Q Will there be restrooms?

A The project's scope is limited to the spraypark.  Parks is working on a permanent restroom solution for the Park. Until then, we may have portable restrooms available.

Q What security measures will be taken?

A Hours of operation will be posted, thereby restricting loitering at the spraypark outside the normal operation.  Also, under discussion is the type and amount of lighting to provide nighttime visibility without compromising the aesthetics.

Q How will the litter that people generate be handled?

A There will be an additional seven trash cans located in and around the spraypark.

Q Will the existing trees and landscape be removed or changed?

A The plan makes as few changes as possible to the existing trees and landscaping.  There are no plans to remove any existing trees and additional ornamental trees will be added at the East edge of the spraypark.  The site will be graded to keep the slight Southwestern slope. Several shade trees will also be strategically placed.

Q Wouldn't the money be better spent on repairs to the playground?

A This request does not divert any funds for playground repair or maintenance. Capital improvement funds from PIAC can only go towards specific types of projects. PIAC funds are in addition to the KC Parks Department budget.

Hyde Park Association History

We are proud of our neighborhood association that was formed in 1969 and has been instrumental in revitalizing the area in the last forty years.  But did you know that we were not the first HPNA.  That honor goes to the neighborhood association formed in 1924.  Read all about it here

Proposed Hyde Park Community Improvement District

Hyde Park was established long before the idea of mandatory “neighborhood associations” or “homeowner associations” became popular to fund services and programs for residents. The creation of a Community Improvement District (CID) would allow Hyde Park to enjoy many of the same benefits provided by associations in more modern developments. Enhanced security, beautification of public areas, infrastructure improvements and repairs, and trash control, in addition to the types of programs and services currently provided by the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, could be funded by a Hyde Park CID.


Establishment of a Community Improvement District is done through a petition, which outlines the services and physical improvements the CID will be responsible for providing, along with detailed information about the cost to property owners. The petition must be signed by at least 50% of the property owners within the neighborhood’s boundaries. Additionally, the property owned by those signing the petition must represent at least 50% of the assessed value of all properties within the neighborhood’s boundaries. Once the requirements of the petition are met, the City establishes the CID by ordinance and the assessments are collected along with property taxes each year and distributed by the County directly to the CID. Neither the City nor the County keeps any of the money collected for the CID.


Meetings will be held to determine potential services and assessments. For example:  All single family homes could be established at a set flat rate, multi-family buildings at a tiered rate based on number of units, and all commercial properties also assessed at a set flat rate (likely the same as single family homes). Not-for-profit organizations, including religious institutions, would be exempt, but may choose to participate. Assessments would likely be between $7 and $10 per month for a single family home or business to fund an effective CID. The assessments would apply to all properties within the neighborhood boundaries. The voluntary membership dues structure that HPNA currently has would be replaced by the CID funding.


If this all sounds familiar, it IS. Before the Great Recession, there was a similar effort, but it was put on hold until economic conditions were more favorable. Now really is a great time to insure that we have a sustainable, affordable funding mechanism for the services and improvements we think are most important to enhancing the quality of life in Hyde Park.


There are three neighborhood forums scheduled to discuss what residents would like to see funded by a CID, as well as how such an entity would be structured. Please plan to attend one or both of the forums to learn more.


Hyde Park CID Neighborhood Forums

Central Presbyterian Church, Lower Level

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:00 AM – 12 Noon

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10:00 AM – 12 Noon

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Be sure to visit the CID website at and take the Resident Priorities Survey. The site also has answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about a Hyde Park CID.

Meetings Schedules

Regular Association Meetings: Third Tuesday of every month, Central Presbyterian Church, 3501 Campbell, 7 p.m.  If you would like to add an item to the agenda, contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Annual Association Meeting: Third Tuesday of November, Central Presbyterian Church, 3501 Campbell, 7 p.m.

Board Meetings: Second Monday monthly, Central Presbyterian Church, Armour at Campbell, 6:30 p.m. Board meetings are open to the public.

Crime Meetings: Last Thursday monthly, Central Patrol, 1200 E. Linwood Boulevard, 7 p.m. For additional information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If I Were a Thief

Attached is a booklet from the KCPD containing crime prevention tips.

The weather is getting nicer.

Don't Forget the 7:00 p.m. Crime Meeting on the last Thursday of every month at the Central Patrol Police Station.

Historic Preservation Awards

A Missouri Historic Preservation recipient of the 2014 McReynolds Award for ongoing commitment to preservation was MAC Property Management, for the rehabilitation of multiple Armour Boulevard apartment buildings.

View down Armour looking east.











The Hyde Park Homes Tour received the Historic Kansas City Foundation Community Catalyst Excellence Award in 2012.

(Photographic Creations)

Janssen Place Pillars

The Neo-Classic Revival-style entrance to Janssen Place is at the north end of the divided street. Erected in 1897, the gateway is constructed with white Arkansas limestone. Large pillars frame an entablature supported by three Ionic columns containing the words “Janssen Place.”


Hyde Park needs your help.

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association has 10 graffiti removal kits that are available to individuals who are willing to adopt a block within the neighborhood. You would be responsible for removing graffiti tags, photographing and reporting damage.  If graffiti is a problem on your block, do something about it. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in adopting a block and receiving a graffiti removal kit.

Here are the maps of Hyde Park.  The blocks that need graffiti removal volunteers are indicated.  Sign up for your block today!

North Hyde Park

Central Hyde Park

South Hyde Park

Griffiti Kit Contents

Kansas City's Historic Hyde park

The popular fly-casting pool at Forty-first Street and Gillham Road gave residents a place to practice casting without having to leave town. On certain days, the facility was reserved for children wading. The 1913 casting and wading pool designed by George E. Kessler was rebuilt and enlarged in 1940 and removed in 1976. (Photo Courtesy of MVSC-KCPL.) (from Kansas City's Historic Hyde Park by Patrick Alley and Dona Boley)

Churches in Hyde Park