Westwood Hills turns 90 and throws a party

Paula Schwach, (L-R) Mayor of Westwood Hills; Martha Lally, Foundation member; Patti and Mike Coffman, Foundation party hosts and Foundation members; and Karen Shelor Sexton, President, Westwood Hills Historic Foundation.
Paula Schwach, (L-R) Mayor of Westwood Hills; Martha Lally, Foundation member; Patti and Mike Coffman, Foundation party hosts and Foundation members; and Karen Shelor Sexton, President, Westwood Hills Historic Foundation. Photo provided by Westwood Hills Historic Foundation.

There is a birthday party tomorrow and if you live in Westwood Hills, you are invited. The Westwood Hills Historic Foundation is hosting the event.

The celebration is a 90th birthday party, marking the date J.C. Nichols platted the Westwood Hills subdivision in 1923. Westwood Hills officially became a city on July 1, 1949. The anniversary is significant this year for the historic foundation because the entire city was recently approved as a Kansas Historic District. It is the only complete municipality in Kansas with the designation.

Besides leading the way for the historic designation, the foundation has worked on other projects with the city, including the replacement and staining of fences along the western border, planting 1,900 Liriope plants along Rainbow Blvd. to create a consistent landscape border, and creating a plan to add trees and shrubs along the city borders.

The foundation was started in 2004 to serve Westwood Hills by making capital contributions and initiating targeted programs to enhance the quality of life in the community. The current officers are:  Karen Shelor Sexton, president; Joletta Woolwine, vice president; Gailen Stockwell, secretary/treasurer; Mike Coffman, Martha Lally, Howard Martin, Becky Mickleberg and Bill Patterson.

To mark the occasion, the foundation has placed a bronze plaque at the corner of 50th and Rainbow. A tree will be planted at the park in honor of the late Allen Roth, a long-time Westwood Hills mayor, and a party will be held in a private home for all residents. Westwood Hills has 175 homes and 400 residents.