President’s Letter 2017

President’s Letter 2017

Hello Neighbors and Friends,

2017 is going to be an exciting year in Historic Hyde Park. The Board of Directors and committees are already actively working to enhance our neighborhood and protect what we hold most dear about our special place.

As President, my top initiative is to engage with each of you, our members. We are an all volunteer group and a 1 hour a month or 1 hour a quarter commitment from each member will allow us to continue our mission. Expect a phone call and email from me personally inviting you to meet for coffee, tea, or other beverage to discuss the opportunities for engagement that will best suit your availability.

We are actively working on the following projects within the neighborhood:

  • Parking — with the recent change to 5 minute parking restrictions, we are actively working with the City to come up with a resolution that works for the entire community.
  • Dekle/De Soto/ Howard — the city is still working through a solution to this intersection.
  • Urban Design Master Plan – a plan will give us the road map for future improvements that comport to the historical character of the public areas of the neighborhood.
  • Membership development — for just $45 a year you are invited to all of the fun events and connect with neighbors.

We have the following active committees

  • Home Tour, March 4th 2017, 9 am – 3 pm: This event occurs on the 1st Saturday of March each year since 2004 [?] and is our largest fundraiser for continuing operating expenses of HHPNA, and to keep dues low.
  • Patrons Party, April 8th 2017, 7 pm – 10 pm : Our annual black tie gala and our top fundraising effort for capital improvements to Historic Hyde Park public areas.
  • Family Fun Committee: In February, we are feeling the LOVE with a family friendly, chalk valentines and pizza party, The March Movie night, and more fun events are planned throughout the year.
  • Communications: Keeping you up-to-date via the E-Blast, The Forum newsletter, our contributions to Hyde Park Living magazine, and social media updates (Facebook, Twitter, anything else?).
  • Land Use: Reviews zoning and land use and recommends how we position ourselves to do what is best for the whole neighborhood.
  • Regulatory: Focuses on upcoming regulatory changes and recommends how we position the association to do what is best for the whole neighborhood.
  • Social: Every 1st Friday, 7 pm – 9 pm: This potluck get-together occurs at a different neighborhood home each month. The committee supplies a bin of necessary paper products and each household attending supplies a sweet or savory dish and their beverage of choice. This is the best way to get to know neighbors.

Affiliated groups within the neighborhood

  • Neighborhood Watch: with Block Captains on most blocks, this group really knows Hyde Park
  • The Garden Club: a close group of green thumb’s who will “judge the best yards” monthly
  • Café Con Tampa: Every Friday at 8 am. in the Oxford Exchange 2nd floor library. $12 includes buffet and coffee or tea. Discover what is happening in groups in Tampa and hear some of the best speakers.

If you live in Historic Hyde Park because you love the look, the feel, the neighbors or the Bungalows, the association is the place for you. Please contact us at for more information.

See You Around!

Jen McDonald

2017 President HHPNA

Robert Schouler