Exasperated drivers on traffic-jammed Northpark and Kingwood Drive have a new and unique way to relieve their frustration – test-drive a go-kart at Speedsportz Racing Park.
Ron Hill, Speedsportz sales manager, described how residents can get their adrenaline pumping at Lake Houston’s newest playground. He spoke at the Lake Houston Chamber’s Kingwood BizCom on Dec. 1 at Kingwood Park High School.
“Speedsportz is Houston’s only high-speed, European-style karting experience,” Hill told the crowd. “You’ll be able to drive karts just like the pros do and you’ll be driving on a European-style, outdoor track designed by Alan Rudolph, the award-winning kart driver.”
The racing park will include meeting rooms for corporate events, he said, and will include garages for customers who own their own karts or want to purchase one.
“We’re perfect for date night, a corporate or team-building event, or just a night out with friends,” Hill said. He assured the crowd they’d have fun even if they’d never driven a kart before.
“Kart racing is for all ages. It’s fun, interactive, competitive and never the same experience twice,” Hill said.
Speedsportz Racing Park is located on 28 acres at FM 242 and Interstate 69, across from the future site of the Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District. The track will open Dec. 17, weather cooperating, with a grand opening in February 2017.
After a busy evening of racing karts, Lake Houston residents will have several new restaurants to choose from.
Clay Mealy, leasing agent for Lovett Commercial, listed a bevy of new restaurants that are opening soon at Main Street Kingwood Shopping Center located at W. Lake Houston Pkwy. and Kingwood Drive.
The restaurant list includes the just-opened Raising Canes and soon will include Torchy’s Tacos, Subzero Ice Cream, Whataburger, Mama Fu, El Pollo Loco, Starbucks and Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
“We know that Lake Houston has asked for good sit-down restaurants,” Mealy responded when asked about “higher-end” restaurants opening in the HEB Center. “We’re in negotiations with several restaurants so I can’t name names but I can tell you that HEB is driving a large volume of customers into that center. Because the center is anchored by HEB and Memorial Hermann, the quality restaurants we’re approaching are willing to take another look – but I can’t promise anything right now.”
Mealy said several lifestyle and health services companies will locate to the center including Orange Theory Fitness, Great Clips, Gadget MD, Joint Chiropractic, Banfield Animal Hospital, AT&T, and Pacific Dental Services. Most should be open by spring 2017.
Memorial Hermann will open its Convenient Care Center in middle to late 2017.
Mealy also said that HEB will open its own Asian Fusion restaurant early next year.
Other happenings at Kingwood Bizcom:
· A virtual photo gallery tour of Kingwood Pines Hospital, the area痴 only psychiatric hospital, is now available on the hospital's website, kingwoodpines.com.
· More than 600 Kingwood Park freshmen along with parents, teachers and upperclassmen packed food for the Houston Food Bank, served food at Star of Hope and played games with senior citizens, among other things, as part of the school’s 5th Annual Day of Service in November. “This is a part of our culture,” said Principal Lisa Drabing. “We want to create the ‘well-rounded’ individual as our freshmen mature and this is just one of the ways we do this.”
· Kingwood Medical Center is discussing establishing a free-standing Emergency Center in the Cleveland area. The center would free up almost 15,000 visits that currently come to Kingwood’s main campus ER, Devon Alexander of the center estimated.
The next Kingwood BizCom is April 6, 2017 at Kingwood High School. To register or learn more about Kingwood, Atascocita, Humble and Summer Creek BizComs, visit lakehouston.org.