With the holidays a fading memory and winter temperatures still limiting park activity, the Feb. 2 meeting of the Kingwood Service Association (KSA) Parks Committee focused on improvements underway in preparation for the warmer weather ahead. Ethel McCormick, of Kingwood Association Management, KSA’s management company, summarized the work.

“Project wise, we did plant three memorial trees at the very front (Kingwood Drive entrance). We had to remove a couple of trees from there, so we took that opportunity to plant three memorial trees for the KSA Parks Foundation,” she said.

A committee representative asked how the Memorial Tree Program worked. McCormick explained the little-known program that is available to honor loved ones.

“It’s through the Parks Foundation. We have a memorial tree program in that you can actually plant a tree, write an article about it and we will put it on the KSA website, “In Memory of (Name).” It’s really nice. You can put a little plaque at the base of the tree or whatever you would like to do,” she said.

Dee Price, speaking as president of the committee, pointed out that the trees can be planted in any of the KSA parks or entryways, but the committee has to agree on the location with the family. Details of the program are on the KSA website, kingwoodserviceassociation.org, under the Foundation tab.

McCormick also summarized other works in progress.

East End Park: Benches have been washed and are being scheduled for painting. An additional trash can and two additional “doggie stations” have been installed.

Deer Ridge Park: Two tennis court nets and two basketball nets were replaced. The pump house roof that protects the pond and irrigation water pump was also replaced. All trees and underbrush three to eight feet from the east side of the park road were cut back and trimmed up to approximately 14 feet high.

North Park Recreation Area: A chronic water leak is being scheduled for repair followed by an asphalt repair at the point of the leak.

River Grove Park: Additional outdoor-fitness equipment is in transit and will be installed upon arrival. Tree work raising the park canopy to 14 feet was completed. Disc golf baskets have been primed and will be painted in a bright color to enhance their visibility. A rotted seat board on the bench near the canal was replaced and graffiti has been removed from two shelters.

Joe Mazzarella, the committee steward for the Kingwood entrance at U.S. Highway 59, announced bids are ready to go out to suppliers for new flagpoles. 

“The flagpoles will be about 30 feet high with lights on them,” Mazzarella said, and indicated that the committee should have the bids back by next month to award and arrange for the installation.

In other business, Rodney Willis, representing the Kingwood Horsemen’s Association, advised the committee that there are horse stall openings available at the Trails End Stables at Deer Ridge Park. 

“We have six stalls that we need to support. If you hear of anybody that is a horse person, please encourage them to contact us. Spring is coming on fast and it is lovely to be out there. We encourage you all to come and visit as so many of the Kingwood people do,” said Willis.

The next KSA Parks meeting will be Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m, at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2030 Shadow Rock Drive.

Bruce Olson
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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.

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