The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) designation as an opportunity for cities to use federal grant money more flexibly. HUD approved the UG’s first NRSA as the Park Drive Neighborhood Plan in February 2018. “The point of an NRSA is to strategically allocate resources to a neighborhood that already has a lot going for it, but needs some help to prevent it from declining. A little bit can go a long way in neighborhoods like these,” said SOAR coordinator, Logan Masenthin.
The five-year plan includes various projects and focuses areas based on resident feedback gathered in 2017 when Park Drive community members stressed the importance of better streets, sidewalks, trails, and other amenities in their neighborhood. That work began in August of this year and finished up just before Thanksgiving 2019. Improvements include new concrete curbs & gutters and new trails that connect to existing sidewalk to form a quarter-mile loop around Regan Park. Next Spring, the existing parking lot at Park Drive & 27th Street will be resurfaced to create an even more inviting atmosphere for park visitors. Other completed work includes a new 18th Street bus route and KCK’s first “Rock the Block” with Habitat for Humanity. Learn more about the Park Drive Neighborhood Project at wycokck.org/SOAR/Park-Drive.