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Newest HHNI Featured Neighborhood Selects Name at Jan. 24 Meeting

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Residents in the seventh and newest featured neighborhood in southeast Hutchinson voted on their neighborhood name during a Jan. 24 meeting. Residents selected the name, “The Founders Neighborhood,” recognizing the neighborhood’s history and area where several early civic leaders lived in Hutchinson.

The Founders Neighborhood boundaries include: Between East Avenue D and the railroad right-of-way between 1st and 3rd avenues, from the Ken Kennedy Freeway to Walnut Street. A map with more detailed boundaries can be found on the Hutchinson Healthy Neighborhood Initiative Facebook page. Next steps for the neighborhood include designs of neighborhood street sign-toppers, as well as continued engagement of residents for future events, activities, and initiatives.

Work continues on the six remaining featured neighborhoods that are a part of the Hutchinson Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative (HHNI). Hutch Rec and HHNI met with Farmington Park residents for their annual meeting on Jan. 17, with the other five neighborhoods meeting in February. These annual meetings give neighborhood residents a chance to review 2023 and determine priorities for the year ahead.

Residents wanting to attend the meetings may find out more details on each neighborhood’s Facebook page or the Hutchinson Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative page. They may also contact Adam Stewart, neighborhood coordinator at Hutch Rec, at [email protected] or (620) 663-6179.

Remaining Neighborhood Annual Meeting dates include:

  • Creekside: Feb. 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Hutchinson Public Library Auditorium
  • Midtown: Feb. 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Hutchinson Public Library Auditorium
  • SW Bricktown: Feb. 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Avenue A School
  • Grace Arbor: Feb. 21 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Hutchinson Public Library Auditorium
  • College Grove: Feb. 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Hutchinson Public Library Auditorium

Hutch Rec Mission: To provide our community with lifelong wellness, cultural, natural, and recreational opportunities that promote healthy minds and bodies through innovative programs, state-of-the-art facilities, and protected open spaces.

Hutch Rec Vision: To inspire all residents to actively enjoy a healthy life as they strengthen our community spirit.