When chairperson Dee Price of Sand Creek asked if there were any public comments at the Kingwood Service Association (KSA) Parks Committee meeting April 6, one resident stood up to speak about a specific request: a dog park.
“For those of you who don’t know me, I am John Menna and I have lived out here since 1973 in Kings Forest. We want to have a dog park and I have done extensive research,” Menna said.
Menna went on to explain the inconvenience over the years of having to go considerable distances outside of Kingwood to find adequate dog parks. He explained many dog owners have a real need for those facilities for their dogs to exercise and play off-leash in a controlled environment under the supervision of their owners.
Dog parks have varying features. They typically offer a 4- to 6-foot fence, separate double-gated entry and exit points, adequate drainage, benches for humans, shade for hot days, parking, water, tools to pick up and dispose of animal waste in covered trash cans, and regular maintenance and cleaning of the grounds. In addition, dog parks may offer wheelchair access, a pond for dog swimming, and a separate enclosure for small dogs.
“I’ve been to the county, the city and Ethyl [McCormick of Kingwood Association Management] twice,” Menna said. “The best possibility is to have a dog park out here. At East End Park, I am told we have to have a breakaway fence in order to have a dog park there. I don’t believe it’s a hard rule and it can be bent, but before I go any further, my question is how you all would feel about East End Park. I’d just like to know some thoughts.”
He explained there is a dog park on Russell Palmer Road. The next closest one is the Deussen Dog Park, 13 miles away.
Menna said in closing, “I’ve looked at land in Forest Cove, but it just makes sense to have it in Kingwood.”
On behalf of the committee, Price said, “We have considered it in the past. By breakaway fence, I think what they are referring to is that a large portion of East End Park is in the flood zone, so usually it is a requirement to have a breakaway fence.”
Price invited discussion among the members of the committee to determine if there was interest. After much discussion of specific locations, what might be required and whether it would be used extensively by residents, Price asked how many of the members would be receptive to further investigation to determine feasibility, costs and Kingwood residents’ interest and support; more than half the members indicated an interest. Therefore, the committee will examine the feasibility and whether there is enough resident interest to justify locating a dog park in Kingwood.
In other business, Sgt. James Pavlu of the Houston Police Department (HPD) in Kingwood formally introduced Lt. (soon to be Capt.) H. H. Conn as the new officer in charge of the Kingwood Patrol Station. Conn addressed the committee.
Conn explained that she has a varied background during 19 years of service in the HPD. She has worked in the patrol division, served as an investigator in the Asian Organized Crime Task Force, worked in dispatch in emergency communications and in the vice division.
“We are here to help you with whatever you need. There will be some changes coming along. Our tactics will be DRT (Differential Response Team) certified and we want to work on some of the quality of life issues out here,” said Conn.
The next KSA Parks meeting will be Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2030 Shadow Rock Drive.
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