“We work on them on a continual basis to try to prevent encroachment,” she said. “That's the biggest threat to a historic neighborhood, eroded boundaries — the houses go next.”
The associate board is a permanent committee of HPI tasked with education and social duties.
Funds raised through tour ticket sales are funneled back into preservation efforts, including workshops to educate residents on the nuts and bolts of living in a historic home. Some pay for beautification such as the recently installed lamp posts studding neighborhood streets. Funds also benefit Wilson Elementary, the neighborhood school, in forms ranging from new equipment to outright cash donations. A big chunk goes into maintaining Heritage Hills' public spaces as well.
“We maintain all the parks and medians that are actually the property of the city of Oklahoma City but are within our borders,” Hatfield said, an effort she estimated costs about $50,000 annually.
And the money also goes toward the associate board's social duties, which are completely separate from its education duties, Hatfield said. “But it does serve the purpose of getting neighbors together for parties, getting to know each other and things like that, and it makes this like the smallest town in the world.”