Habitat Restoration Initiative (HRI)
The Habitat Restoration Initiative (HRI) is
a recently formed grassroots, volunteer-driven project that is working with approval from the Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department to clear, plant, and maintain the weed-filled hillsides and rocky areas on the east and west sides of Hyde Park along Gillham Road, 36th Street to 38th Street.
This will be achieved by planting vigorous native plants that will fill in areas where grass will not grow and outcompete the invasive species thriving there now.
The goal of this project is to eliminate the need for the Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department to spray glyphosate herbicide in these areas and increase wildlife habitat, as well as improve the appearance of the park. The only areas of the park affected by this plan are the bare or rocky areas that resist mowing and require herbicide to maintain.
This is a pilot project. Once proven this approach successful, we hope to see it implemented on Parks land city-wide. It will be implemented and maintained for the first five years by volunteer and paid labor. Once established, the only maintenance the Parks Department will need to do is remove weed trees once or twice a year.
Supported by the Pilgrim Center (we maintain the Pilgrim Labyrinth & Butterfly Garden, a native pollinator-support garden, in this same section of Hyde Park, that we installed in 2017), Habitat Restoration Initiative is in the planning phase.
We want very much to include all of our neighbors and community members in this effort, so we are inviting you to join us!
If you would like to stay updated on this project, give your feedback, be notified of scheduled planning sessions and work days, or volunteer, please use this link to complete our information form:
Our next work day is Saturday, February 19, at 10:00 a.m. We will meet at the Pilgrim Labyrinth & Butterfly Garden at 37th & Gillham Road. Please feel free reach out to me with any questions and to share this information with anyone you think may be interested!
Want to submit your ideas for our planting plan? Please do so as soon possible. You can click here to email Amelia McDaniel, a project coordinator.
We have images of the park, faded for drawing over and divided into sections with measurements, to help you plan. Below is a sample image, but you can also download a PDF of the 3600 block of the west side of the park, and the 3700 block of the west side (east side images will be available soon).
Make a difference in your community! Join us today!