Kennedy Park

(formerly Near West Side Cooperative Alliance)

Kennedy Park Neighborhood Association, Inc.

Kennedy Park is on the move! The neighborhood association affirmed new officers and bylaws in March 2018 and is working to increase membership and activity in the neighborhood. If you’d like to have a role in shaping the future of Kennedy Park, now is the time to get involved!

Annual Membership Meeting & Elections – January 15, 2019

KPNA’s Annual Membership Meeting is right around the corner. This is when KPNA members will elect the 2019 Officers and Board of Directors. All KPNA members are invited to vote, or even run for a position. Nominations open November 20, and close December 31. For more information, visit the KPNA Annual Membership Meeting page.

KPNA Officers (L to R): Vice President Ray Thompson, President Viola Sims, Secretary Marilyn Gachaw, Treasurer Kelly Jay (March 2018)

Our Mission Statement:

It is the mission of KPNA, Inc. “to build a community of residents, businesses, civic and faith-based organizations that work together to combat community deterioration and improve the quality of life for all Kennedy Park residents.”

Our Objectives:

In August of 2018, KPNA members went door-to-door and asked our neighbors what they want for the Kennedy Park neighborhood. Then, we held a vision session where the top ideas were identified. Thanks to neighbors’ input, KPNA now has seven Objectives to work on. Each of these has been assigned to a Committee, and the committees will soon be coming up with ideas for how to achieve these goals in 2019. See our seven Objectives (PDF).


  • President: Viola Sims
  • Vice President: Ray Thompson
  • Secretary (acting): Marilyn Gachaw
  • Treasurer: Kelly Jay

Neighborhood Boundaries:

North: Lincolnway West
South: Washington St.
East: La Porte St.
West: Bendix Ave.


Meetings are the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Association’s community space, located at 1906 Linden Ave.

Minutes and Agendas:

Events & Newsletters:

  • Newsletter: October 2018 (PDF).
    • Includes Oct. 16th meeting announcement and summary of the Neighborhood Survey results.
  • October 16, 2018 meeting: 
    • Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be our special guest. Mayor Pete will share a brief update on City programs impacting Kennedy Park.
    • We will also review the Neighborhood Survey results for newcomers, and discuss the KPNA committees that will come up with ideas for how to achieve the Objectives. Committees are opportunities for any member to brainstorm and be involved in KPNA projects, so if you’re interested in being involved come to the October meeting to hear more!
    • See the Facebook event
    • See the October 2018 meeting flyer and newsletter.
  • September 2018 meeting: Survey Results! Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m. at 1906 Linden. Facebook event.
  • Newsletter: June 2018 (PDF)
  • Kennedy Park Neighborhood Cleanup: Saturday, May 12, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon. Meet at 1906 Linden. Volunteers needed! Supplies and refreshments provided. See flyer (Google Drive).
  • Kennedy Park Fire Hydrant Painting: (Rescheduled for) Thursday, May 17, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Meet at Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture 1045 W Washington St. Volunteers needed! Supplies and refreshments provided. See flyer (Google Drive).

To Join:

KPNA membership is available to any resident, owner of a business, or representative of a religious institution or social service provider within the Kennedy Park neighborhood. Join here.


If you’re interested in Kennedy Park neighborhood activities, contact any of these officers:

  • President: Viola Sims (574-204-3407)
  • Vice President: Ray Thompson (574-340-6362)
  • Secretary (acting): Marilyn Gachaw (

Or, learn more on the Kennedy Park Facebook page.

Additional Information

  • Bylaws (PDF. Updated March 2018)

Last updated: May 8, 2018, NRC (MSP)