Neighborhood Conservation Program

Overland Park’s neighborhood conservation program was initiated in 1991 to help sustain aging neighborhoods in the northern part of the city that do not have homes associations.

Since then, individual residents have organized into groups under the neighborhood conservation program as a means to connect with neighbors and local government leaders to form partnerships that enrich and sustain the livability of Overland Park.

The neighborhood conservation program helps preserve and enhance these neighborhoods by:

  • Promoting community building by supporting neighborhood groups and homes associations;
  • Providing a forum for communication between neighbors, residents and City Hall;
  • Developing community leadership; and
  • Advocating for the needs of neighborhood organizations.

Benefits of Involvement

By taking part in the neighborhood conservation program, neighborhoods become more welcoming and community-oriented, and are eligible for grants and physical resources to support community events and meetings.

Get Involved

If your neighborhood or homeowner’s association would like to take a more active role in the Neighborhood Conservation Program, contact Neighborhood Programs Coordinator Rosalind Finch at 913-895-6346.

Resources for Neighborhood Leaders

Involvement in the neighborhood conservation program and neighborhood executive committee is simple for Overland Park residents. The following resources will help neighborhood leaders and homeowner’s association presidents make the most of the neighborhood conservation program and neighborhood executive committee involvement.

Neighborhood Conservation Program Grants

Grants are available to neighborhood conservation program-member neighborhoods for some expenditures, including:

  • Block parties.
  • Picnics.
  • Ice cream socials.
  • Holiday parties.
  • Breakfast gatherings.
  • Neighborhood organization formation activities.
  • Overland Park resident guide or directory printing costs.
  • Neighborhood cleanup expenses.
  • Social event promotional signs.
  • Neighborhood markers or monument signs.
  • Landscape maintenance.

Grants cannot be used for:

  • Political campaigns.
  • Regular neighborhood organization meeting supplies or equipment.
  • Improvements that directly benefit a particular household.
  • Equipment that could be primarily used by individual rather than the benefit of the neighborhood (grills, dishware, etc.)
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Prizes.

Apply for a grant online using the online application or submit for reimbursement.

Facility Rentals

Active neighborhood conservation program groups can reserve city parks and city or school district buildings for meeting use at no cost. Fill out the online form to request a meeting space.

Block Parties

Neighborhoods are much stronger when they come together. Even if it’s just a few neighbors bringing a chair and a dish to share, a block party is a way to transform a neighborhood into a community. Neighborhood conservation program grants are available for block parties.

If you want to have your party in the street, you’ll need to get a block party permit to block off the road safely. Electrical permits and special event permits may be required as well. Apply for these permits online using ePLACE, the city’s permitting system. Use the lawn game request form to borrow entertainment from the city for your event. You can also request a visit from the Overland Park Fire Department by calling 913-895-8400.

All Resources

Neighborhood Executive Committee

 

The neighborhood executive committee is a group of neighborhood leaders who meet to discuss issues in their neighborhoods, gather information, and collaborate with other groups. Homeowners associations are welcome to participate in the neighborhood executive committee.

If your neighborhood or HOA would like to take a more active role in the neighborhood executive committee, contact Rosalind Finch at 913-895-6346.