The hundreds of people who attended the Lincoln Block Party on Friday all took part in something event organizers hope will unite the neighborhood, as well as disband any negative notions about living “south of the (railroad) tracks.”

Jim and Pam Postier are both part of the Lincoln Community Group which put on the event. The Postiers went to Lincoln Elementary School along with their children and now have grandchildren at the school.

“We want people to take pride in where they come from,” Pam said.

Jim said the area they consider to be the Lincoln neighborhood is anything south of Eighth Avenue, west bordering Main Street and east to Plum Street.

This is the second year for the Lincoln Block Party. The Postiers estimated between 400 to 500 people attended each year.

On Friday, lines of children awaited several attractions at Lincoln Elementary School: face painting and balloons, games and even a ride of push cars pulled by a lawnmower.

“It’s amazing,” said Zita Saldana who was with her granddaughter. “It’s our second year out here.”

“Don’t you think it’s fun,” Saldana asked 6-year-old Isabella Santos who shook her head yes.

Across the hardtop court, Sam Buttram, who volunteered through First Presbyterian Church, manned a game where children would try to throw a ring around a two-liter of soda. Each time they were successful, Buttram would lift up their hand while he said “winner, winner” and handed the child their carbonated prize bottle.

Parents circled around for the raffle while children stayed in line for volunteers at Grace Bible Church to paint their face or make a balloon animal.

Some ate ice cream cones to pass the time while they waited. Other stood in line with food or drinks donated by the nearby Pic Quik.

Firefighters and police also had their vehicles alongside the school for children to sit in.

The Lincoln Community Group had a list set up at the entrance where neighbors could put down improvements they would like to see in the area. Sidewalks cleanup and improvements were the No. 1 response, and playground improvements were No. 2.

The Lincoln Community Group has a cleanup day planned on June 23 from 8 a.m. to noon and a movie night on July 13. The group has another cleanup day planned for Aug. 12 at the school.

Last year, they painted posts and cleaned up the garden area out in front of the school.

The group has some loftier goals as well. The community input helps them know if the neighborhood shares the same views.

The Lincoln Community Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month. For more information call Pam at 620-694-9734 or email her at

Hutchinson has had similar neighborhood efforts in College Grove and SW Bricktown. The Lincoln Community Group also works with the school's parent/teacher organization. Some of the group members were part of a effort to relocate Midwest Iron & Metal Co. that started back in the late 1990s. The relocation never happened but neighbors were able to get a fence put up around the property to address safety concerns.