The Kingwood Girls Softball Association now has a new concession stand at the Northpark Recreation Area. Photo by Bruce Olson



Northpark Recreation Area gets new concession stand
Feral hogs under better control in Kingwood 


The Kingwood Girls Softball Association now has its new concession stand located at the softball fields in Kingwood’s Northpark Recreation Area. Christine McGucken, park steward for the recreation area, announced the completion of the long-needed replacement to the Kingwood Service Association Parks Committee Feb. 4. 
“The new concession stand looks very nice and the old concession stand has been sold. We are meeting with the contractor next week to get it out,” McGucken said. 
There was more good news for the committee about the ongoing feral hog infestation at East End Park and in the surrounding villages. The infestation is reportedly getting smaller and better controlled.
Ethyl McCormick, of Kingwood Association Management which does the administrative business for KSA and has been coordinating the overall efforts to get the problem under control, opened her report by saying, “Our hog hunter got 18 (hogs).” 
In addition, Fred McCarty of Royal Shores Village said they and Friendswood Development, working together, have been able to reduce their combined trapping effort. 
“We have gone from two traps down to a single trap as of the first of February and have seen less activity,” McCarty said.
A new report is now being compiled to record overall hog activity and showed reported sightings of hogs decreasing from 60 in November to 10 in December and only five in January. Similarly, hogs reported as captured went from 40 in December to the 18 McCormick reported in January. The general consensus was that the problem is being reduced but not eliminated. Whether it is a direct result of the hunting and trapping, or because the hogs have moved on to other locations, is not known at this time.
Given the situation the committee reconsidered the issue of setting up a hog corral in East End Park. The project had been previously suggested but not yet established as costs and a specific location were not yet finalized. Maryanne Fortson, the East End Park steward, noted that the main place where there were still signs of ground damage from hogs was at the back side of the park. 
“I think we can stay on top of it,” said Parks Committee Vice Chairman Dee Price. 
Following a general discussion, Price summed up the general consensus of the committee when she said, “At this point, I think if we are successful in keeping them down by doing the hunting, I personally have significant reservations about putting a corral in East End Park and the problems it could cause for the visitors. So I think it is a good thing to have it (the corral) in our back pocket. Unless the hogs begin to overwhelm us again, I would say set it aside for now.”
In other business, the committee approved the price proposed by the electrical contractor that recently installed the two large fountains at the Kingwood Drive/U.S. Highway 59 entrance to install the third and last fountain in the plan. The fountain pump and other equipment had previously been approved.
Joe Mazzarella, Parks Committee steward for the Kingwood Drive entrance, explained that all the other equipment and planning were ready to go. With the approval of the installation contractor, the community should have its third fountain operating by the end of the month. 
“We are good to go,” Mazzarella said. 
The next Parks Committee meeting will be Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2030 Shadow Rock Drive, Kingwood

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