Neighborhood Conservation Program

Overland Park initiated the Neighborhood Conservation Program in 1991 to help sustain aging neighborhoods in the northern part of the city that do not have associations.

Since then, individual residents have organized into groups 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 voluntary neighborhood groups and associations;
  • Providing a forum for communication between neighbors, residents and City Hall;
  • Developing community leadership; and
  • Advocating for the needs of neighborhood organizations.

Map

See a map of all active neighborhood organizations and homeowners’ associations that are part of the Neighborhood Conservation Program.

Get Involved

If your neighborhood or association would like to take a more active role in the Neighborhood Conservation Program, contact Neighborhood Programs Coordinator Rosalind Finch at roz.johnsonfinch@opkansas.org or 913-895-6346.

Benefits of Involvement

By taking an active role in the Neighborhood Conservation Program, neighborhoods are eligible for resources to support community events and meetings.

Resources for Neighborhood Leaders

It’s easy for Overland Park residents to get involved in the Neighborhood Conservation Program and Neighborhood Executive Committee. The following resources will help neighborhood leaders and associations make the most of the Neighborhood Conservation Program and Neighborhood Executive Committee involvement.

Neighborhood Conservation Program Grants

The City provides neighborhood grants to voting, voluntary Neighborhood Conservation Program groups 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
  • Homeowners’ association neighborhood events or activities

For additional grant criteria or to apply for grant online, grant application.

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 special event 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

 

In the early 1990s, the city formed the Neighborhood Executive Committee to organize neighborhoods together with the common interest of building relationships. Since then, the program has grown and centered around a “grassroots-style” organization between residents and local government.

The Neighborhood Executive Committee is a group of neighborhood leaders who meet twice per month to discuss issues in their neighborhoods and collaborate with other groups. Homeowners associations are welcome to participate in the Neighborhood Executive Committee.

If your neighborhood would like to take a more active role in the Neighborhood Executive Committee, contact Rosalind Finch at roz.johnsonfinch@opkansas.org at 913-895-6346.