Scarritt Renaissance is bounded on the north by Cliff Drive, the south by Independence Avenue and the west by Chestnut. It is within walking distance to hundreds of acres of parkland, sits in one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the city and houses some of the most architecturally interesting houses in town. About 7,000 people live in the Scarritt Renaissance area, which many Kansas Citians are only familiar with if they have taken a trip to the Kansas City Museum. Homes include the big Victorians side by side with apartment buildings, abandoned homes, bungalows, standard two-story homes and ranch houses.
Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association has spent a lot of time in recent years on rebirth, crime control and absentee landlords. It also has expanded its social offerings. The neighborhood has held a Halloween event for over 20 years on Gladstone Boulevard which draws about 9,000 trick-or-treaters. It now also holds an egg hunt at Concourse Park the Saturday before Easter, as well as a Fourth of July laser light show and holiday luminaries.
The new playground was also a community effort. Neighbors worked on fundraising and applied for and received a grant from the city’s Public Improvements Advisory Committee for a Kaboom playground. They had 150 volunteers show up for a build day. Old tennis courts now serve as two basketball courts and two futsal courts. Plans for a second playset for younger kids, a walking trail and lights are still in the works.