The Hyde Parker - Hyde Park Neighborhood Association

The Hyde Parker
Volume 33, Number 8
August 2006
In My Opinion…
By Clifford Doyle
My name is Clifford Doyle. I was asked to assist with the
reporting of North Hyde Park Police Patrol crime statistics
for the current copy of The Hyde Parker.
But first, to let you know a little about myself and my
concerns for our area, I will begin by jogging your memory
back to the meeting at Central Presbyterian (a couple of
months ago) with a developer regarding its proposed renewal
of some 300 Section 8 residences for the next twenty years at
the Bainbridge location. Well, I was the first to speak and I
had some painful remarks to make. Nonetheless, however
painful the reality, I know most (if not all) of you share my
concerns, which centered around elevating our environment
and those in it, including the persons who may need Section
8 assistance.
I believe the bottom line is to bring Kansas City’s
community into the current thinking on such issues and align
ourselves with other cities, such as Chicago, that are in the
process of implementing the ten-percent-rule. Under this
rule, there will be no more than ten percent Section 8
residents in any building or complex. Not only is the tenpercent-rule established, but the identity of the Section 8
recipients is protected because they are often interspersed
into what may be considered “luxury apartments.”(cont. p. 2)
HPNA Calendar
Hyde Park Celebrates at the Gala & Festival
Homes Tour Extravaganza
Membership Information
HPNA Contact Information
FESTIVAL—Now is the
time to volunteer!
Boy, do we need your help! The 2004 Homes Tour took
more than 200 volunteers to pull off. This year, we have
more homes and need more Home Tour Guides, Trolley
Guides and Festival Volunteers than ever. And, right now,
exactly two, count them, TWO, people have volunteered as
Home and Trolley Tour Guides. (Thank you to Diane
Capps & Nancy Lowden!!!).
Please read more inside about how you can help us make
the 2006 Tour & Festival the best ever! (see page 4)
On August 15, 2006 (general meeting night), HPNA is
sponsoring a meeting with the Hyde Park Codes officer.
Come learn about the Codes violation process and how to
work with our Codes officer to achieve results. This is an
excellent opportunity to address a key problem in our
neighborhood. Please take time to attend this important
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
7:00 P.M.
Central Presbyterian—3501 Campbell
Homes Tour Preview
In anticipation of the Homes Tour on September 30 and
October 1, 2006, the Homes Tour Committee is
previewing homes selected for the Tour in The Hyde
Parker. Congratulations to this month’s features:
The Plea Is Answered!
Thank you to Amelia McDaniel for stepping
forward to take on the Editor position for The
Hyde Parker. Submissions for the September
Hyde Parker should reach her by August 15.
Her email is [email protected]
Leland Goldston
3540 Campbell
(see page 3)
Jennifer Berry
4310 Campbell
(see page 5)
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In My Opinion . . . cont.
My concerns were stated in no uncertain terms and I left the meeting early, for which I apologize. At any rate, there were other
very well-stated comments made that evening with which I am fully in accord.
Well, back to the stats. Many of you know that North Hyde Park residents have hired police officers to work off-duty in our
section of the neighborhood. Below are the results the officers achieved in their most recent month of off-duty patrols (about 50
Pedestrian check- 24
Ped. Check w/results-10
Editor’s Note:
At the July General
Residence check-5
Res. Check w/results-0
Meeting, Clifford Doyle was elected to fill
Car check-9
Car check w/ results-5
a vacancy as North Area Director. This
Traffic violations-11
Traf. Viol. w/results-5
piece is his opinion. It is intended to let
people get to know him and his priorities
State arrests-2
City arrests-17
as a new Board Member. His views are
State warrant arrests-1
City warrant arrests-9
not meant to represent the official
Uniform Traffic Tickets-13
Autos stickered (abandoned)-1
positions of HPNA.
Hats off to the officers who help to ensure our safety while on and off-duty!
Calendar of Events
August 1, 2006
National Night Out Against Crime
Gillham Park
7:00 P.M.
August 14, 2006
August Board Meeting
Pilgrim Chapel—38th & Gillham
7:00 P.M.
August 15, 2006
Codes Meeting
Central Pres.—3501 Campbell
7:00 P.M.
August 26, 2006
Gillham Park Clean-Up
(last Saturday of every month)
9:00 A.M.
August 31, 2006
Hyde Park Crime Meeting
3242 Holmes (Pech Limousine)
7:00 P.M.
September 29, 2006
Hyde Park Gala
The Athenaeum—900 E. Linwood
7:00 P.M.
September 30 & October 1, 2006
Hyde Park Homes Tour & Festival
Janssen Place
10:00 A.M.
Board Meetings are the second
Monday of every month.
General Meetings are the third
Tuesday of every odd-numbered
The Hyde Park Playgroup
meets every Wednesday.
Check the website
for details.
Watch future issues of The Hyde Parker to
get to know the Board Members who
represent you.
Congratulations to Susan Ford,
the winner of the $25.00 Home
Depot Gift Card at the Ice Cream
Social! The next chance to win is
at the September General
Neighborhood Support Needed at PIAC Meeting for Gillham Park Children’s
The City-wide Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC) presentation
for the children’s playgrounds in Gillham Park is Thursday, August 24, 2006, at
6:30 P.M. at the Gem Theater. Plan to turn out in support of funding for these
endeavors. The more support from Hyde Park, the more likely we are to get
funding. For more information contact Keri Christensen at 756.3010 or
[email protected]
Volunteers Needed for Register Nomination:
Volunteers are needed to help update the South Hyde Park housing survey and to
assist with gathering historic data for the National Register of Historic Places
nomination. If you have done the historic research for your property or if you
want a copy of the survey information that has been gathered for your property,
send an email to Elaine McDermott at [email protected] HPNA
received a federal grant of approximately $7,000 to be used to hire a consultant
to complete the application for the area of Hyde Park south of 39th street. The
grant requires matching funds in the form of volunteer time.
Garden Space Available:
Space is now available for green thumbs who are interested in adopting a plot in
the Manheim Park Garden at 4233 Forest. Contact Arlene at 531-6135 for more
At the July General Meeting, voters approved the revised budget published in
the June Hyde Parker. Board members Dan Mugg, Gene Morgan & Clifford
Doyle were also approved to take office.
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Come to the Party!
September 29, 2006
7 P.M. – 10 P.M.
The Athenaeum
Sept. 30-Oct. 1
10 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Janssen Place
The Hyde Park Gala, 7 - 10 p.m., September 29 at the Kansas City
Athenaeum, will be the pre-Homes Tour place to see and be seen. Plan
now to meet up with your favorite neighbors over food, drink and live
music. Your ticket ($30.00) gets you in the doors of this historic jewel of a
building, where you can enjoy the appetizer buffet, tunes from
neighborhood musicians and a spot at the donation bar. All tickets will be
sold in advance only. If you are an HPNA member, watch your August
mail for your invitation. If you would like to be included on the list, please
leave a message at 561.HPNA (4762). See you there!
Helping hands are needed for the Festival to set-up, take-down and keep things
orderly. Please leave your name and number at 561.HPNA (4762) if you are willing
to assist.
Booths are available for the Festival for Hyde Park business owners or residents to
display and sell products and/or services or advertise special events. There is a
small fee to cover the cost of space: $55.00 for both days or $30.00 for one day. The
space is 10 X 10. You will be responsible for tables or racks and protecting what you
put in the space. Call 561.HPNA (4762) if you are interested.
3540 Campbell – No Small Task
3540 Campbell was originally a small part of “seminary lands” deeded to the State of Missouri in 1833 by the U.S.
Department of the Interior – General Land Use Office. Throughout the next 68 years, the larger parcel was sub-divided and
sold with an eventual plat of address 3540 Campbell in 1901.
Jessie Halley, wife of Dr. George Halley, purchased the property from Mrs. R.E. Egelston, widowed, in May of 1901. George
Halley, a prominent Midwestern surgeon and one of the organizers of The Kansas City Medical School, built a home and
private practice on the property. The exact date the house was built is not clear based on documents – a water service permit
with house footprint is dated April 25, 1901; a deed of trust was recorded with a date of November 23, 1907. The Halleys
sold the property to Emily Beckwith Garner in 1911.
Throughout the next 95 years, 3540 Campbell had many owners and eventually was subdivided into at least six apartments in
the late 50’s or early 60’s. In the mid-70’s, Peggy and James Greene purchased the home and began the restoration process.
Over the next 15+ years, the Greenes completely gutted the home--at times living in the basement! In the early 90’s, Becky
Bardin and Edward Parker continued the restoration effort and added new heating and air-conditioning, a new roof and
interior finishes.
In May 2001, Leland Goldston purchased the home. He has diligently the process of returning the home to a single family
profile, accomplishing a complete interior design, installing a swimming pool and sprinklers, landscaping and revitalizing the
More history of 3540 Campbell will be available during the Homes Tour, September 30 and October 1, 2006. Included in the
history will be a complete abstract dating back to 1833, which is inclusive to 1956. Pictures will be on display of before and
after, including the home’s exterior.
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of The Hyde Parker
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The Homes Tour is September 30 & October 1, 2006 from
10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. each day.
We need your help!
With seven homes and St. James Catholic Church on the Tour and only two months left, the Homes Tour
Committee has a full “to do” list. Most importantly, we need volunteers to serve as Tour Guides in the
homes and on the trolleys during shifts*:
10:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. Saturday, September 30, 2006
1:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Saturday, September 30, 2006
10:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. Sunday, October 1, 2006
1:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Sunday, October 1, 2006
* Trolley shifts may be divided further into fewer hours, thus more shifts per day, so many volunteers are needed.
Unavailable during the Tour? We need many volunteers to put this event together. You can help by
volunteering to:
Distribute posters and flyers around the Kansas City area.
Send VIP letters and/or serve as the VIP contact.**
Send out targeted press releases.**
Contact and work with radio stations to give away free tickets for publicity.**
Make various phone calls for the committee.
Help homeowners complete small tasks, e.g., moving furniture to open up rooms, etc.
Place signs in yards around the neighborhood.
Clean-up trash/mow vacant lots for blocks on the trolley route.
Send letters requesting corporate sponsorships and/or serve as the sponsor liaison.**
Coordinate volunteer refreshments.
Coordinate donations for the door prize raffle.
Write home histories for the Tour brochure.
Research home histories for the Tour brochure.
Coordinate and route volunteers to house managers for assignment.
**The Tour Committee reimburses postage and provides stationary. Much of the correspondence is pre-written as well.
Please contact Terri Hiebert ([email protected])
or Angie Splittgerber ([email protected] or
531.3899) to volunteer for the Tour.
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4310 Campbell – “I’m NEVER Moving!!”
The first time Jennifer Berry walked into the run-down, two-story home on Campbell built in 1902, she was very hesitant to
move forward. She was convinced by her friends, who had rehabbed several old homes, that the house was a diamond in
the rough. They encouraged her to use her imagination to see what the house could be with a little TLC. In fact, her friends
were the ones who initially purchased the house and then worked with Jennifer to renovate it according to her
specifications. Jennifer lived in an apartment while renovations were in progress, and actually purchased the house from
her friends when it was complete.
As non-original walls and ceilings were removed, Jennifer began to see what a great purchase she had made--the oak
molding had not been painted over on the first floor and the oak floors were still in great condition, with just a refinishing
The original leaded-glass windows in the entry and living room were also in good condition.
Jennifer worked with her contractor friends to put in some modernizations such as a kitchen that opens into the dining room
with a sweeping arch, granite countertops, and a large, walk-in pantry. What is now the second-floor master bedroom was
originally an upstairs kitchen and bedroom, but the wall was torn down between the two and made into a bedroom with
attached dressing area. Since tiny closets were customary in houses of this era, a large closet was added and one of the two
small closets was converted into bookshelves.
One of Jennifer’s favorite features of the house is the built-in bookcase in the dining room . . . which opens up to the
laundry room and full bathroom! She decided that she did not want a door in the middle of the dining room, and thought
the “secret door” would be a perfect, as well as practical, solution!
As far as the décor, Jennifer’s goal was to stay true to the traditional style of the house and she went for a warm, homey
feeling with the light fixtures, colors and furnishings. Her friends have heard Jennifer say many times now, “I’m NEVER
Thank You To Those Who Have Joined HPNA or
Renewed Memberships In June/July 2006!
Leslie & Jeb Bayer
Ingrid Bunn*
Clifford & Karen Doyle
Leland Goldston*
Anita Henson*
Ginny Johnson*
George Moss
Claudia S. Toomim
Walt & Caron Wells
My sincerest apologies to:
Fred Slough & Pat Housh
Diane & Wayne Tompkins
for misspelling your names in the last
* 2006 renewing or joining
member omitted in last issue.
I want to join HPNA and get my name
in The Hyde Parker!
Join HPNA for only $30.00 per year. Please fill out the form
below and mail to: Hyde Park Neighborhood Assoc., P.O. Box
32551, Kansas City, MO 64171, with a check for $30.00 made
payable to HPNA.
Name: _______________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________
Phone: _______________________________________________
Email: _______________________________________________
Why Join HPNA?
Membership in HPNA is voluntary, unlike
many of the neighborhood associations in the
Kansas City area. We are completely funded
by membership dues. When you join HPNA
your dues help to ensure that residents of Hyde
Park can send and receive important
communications through the Hyde Parker,
HPNA website and neighborhood phone line.
But, most importantly, becoming an HPNA
member gives you the right to vote. Members
vote on the budget and what position the
neighborhood takes on critical local issues.
Indeed, a vote of the membership can create
new programs and tell the HPNA Board to take
action on issues that are important to you.
The bottom line is that if you want to see
action, you should be an HPNA member. If
you do not join, participate and vote, you are
giving away your power to effect change in our
community. Take charge and join HPNA
Members also get discounts at nearby stores,
including McDonald’s (on both Main &
Broadway), Westlake Hardware (Westport) and
Arrow Cleaners, to name a few.
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Hyde Park
Neighborhood Assoc., Inc.
P. O. Box 32551
Kansas City, MO 64171
Your HPNA Board
[email protected]
First Vice
[email protected]
Second Vice
Anne Gifford
Paul Tyler
[email protected]
Terry Miller
[email protected]
Gene Morgan
North Area
Dan Mugg
[email protected]
Central Area
Pat Alley
Rob Menteer
[email protected]
[email protected]
South Area
If you have concerns about crime,
contact the neighborhood Crime
Chair, Justin Azbill, at 918.1834
or [email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
The neighborhood Crime Meeting is the last Thursday
of every month at 7:00 pm at Pech Limousine, 3242
Holmes. It is your opportunity to talk with the Police
about issues regarding crime.
Police officers are assigned specifically to work Hyde
Park. The daytime officers can be reached at 719.8297.
The nighttime officers can be reached at 810.2172.
A neighborhood resident, Ginny Johnson, maintains a
crime email distribution. To be placed on the
distribution, email her at [email protected] If
you have emailed Ginny but have not received any
emails from her, make sure that you flag her address so
that your filter does not regard it as spam.
Questions??? Contact HPNA by calling 561.HPNA or go to our website at
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