The Kingwood Service Association (KSA) Parks Committee met recently to discuss the 2021 budget. “We are projecting to go up, but only by 1.13%,” Dee Price, chair, said as she opened the discussion.
The plan includes each of the six Kingwood parks and recreation areas, expected landscaping expenditures for Kingwood entrances at Kingwood Drive and Northpark Drive where major construction is currently underway, and the Lake Houston Parkway entrance at Atascocita. Price pointed out the entrances include $264,000 in unfinished projects and expenses that were not spent in 2020 due to major ongoing road construction.
“We are proposing to carry over all of the Kingwood Drive projects budgeted this year and which could not be done because of TxDOT construction and is $102,000. We also recommend the carry-over of $162,000 for the Northpark Drive project at the freeway,” Price said. She emphasized the representatives should point out to their community associations that this is to be handled as a 2020 carry-over and not as a new addition to the 2021 budget.
“The $264,000 is not billed out to the CAs. This is money that we paid in the past and we are just carrying on with it next year,” Price said.
The committee unanimously agreed to submit the proposal to their individual associations for review and suggested changes. The final budget proposal for the KSA Board will be approved by the parks committee at its September meeting.
In other business, Bob Rehak of Kings Forest updated the committee with what he understood the current status to be of the proposed buyout of the Friendswood Development land north of Kingwood. The development, located just north of the Elm Grove Village area, poses a major risk of flooding to the northern areas of Kingwood.
“The hot item du jour is what is happening between the city and the county with the purchase of Woodridge Village. Depending on who you talk to, it may or may not come off. I have stopped reporting rumors and started reporting hard facts when they happen. I don’t think anything has been signed yet and certainly not approved in Harris County Commissioners Court,” Rehak said. He pointed out a 75-day deadline on the idea was put in place by Friendswood Development Company in May. That deadline expired Aug. 3.
“So we’ll see what happens,” Rehak said. He pointed out two required retention ponds were now completed but were sized using old “pre-flood” data so they probably will not be adequate in a 100-year storm. He thinks the ponds are only about 60% of the size and capacity now estimated to be needed in such an event.
Ethyl McCormick of Kingwood Association Management provided a detailed update on the use of “K” stickers for cars and boats to authorize access and parking at River Grove Park and other parking-designated park areas. She said, “KSA office has distributed 22,224 numbered K stickers and 4,216 numbered boat stickers. The number of vehicles towed by On-site Towing from River Grove was 14 in the month of July.”
McCormick noted the parks are all experiencing higher usage by residents than in the past. She also updated the committee on the feral hog activity reports, noting they were very light during the first two months of the year. However, Syd Furrow of Kings Point commented that he had recently seen indications of lots of activity on the trails on the back side of the Reserve to East End Park.
KSA Parks Committee meetings are normally held on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2030 Shadow Rock Drive in Kingwood. They will continue as scheduled using Zoom for teleconferencing until COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in Houston.