On Oct. 1, Dee Price of Sand Creek reported to the Kingwood Service Association (KSA) Parks Committee that she recently participated in a meeting to go over the landscaping plans for the Kingwood entrance area as part of the overall Northpark Drive Improvement Project.
“The project, called the Northpark Drive Overpass Project, from I-69 to Russell Palmer, is moving forward in the engineering realm and in the landscaping realm. We [KSA] have been heavily involved in giving input to the landscape planners on what’s going to go into the entrance and what kind of vegetation we are going to have,” Price said.
Ethyl McCormick and two others from Kingwood Management Association, the management company responsible for maintaining the area once the project is completed, joined her in the meeting.
“I think once this is completed, if they continue on this path this is going to be a beautiful entrance and we may have to look to upgrading the Kingwood Drive entrance to keep up,” Price said as laughter was heard from many on the committee. She said the plan included ponds and a well-irrigated configuration.
“There will be fountains. There will be extra electrical connections to allow for seasonal lighting and up-lighting on many of the plants,” Price said. She noted the plants and trees are all intended to provide a lot of color and beauty.
Price said she had been asked if KSA would consider assuming the responsibilities of the maintenance in the median along Northpark Drive from I-69 to Russell Palmer Road.
“The details we have been provided so far is a grass-and-concrete median so it would be a mowing responsibility,” Price said. She pointed that out the plan includes planting Southern live oaks up and down Northpark Drive along the outer sides on the north and south traffic lanes, but they would be the responsibility of the businesses along the road, not KSA.
“Adding the mowing will enable us to keep it looking nice and neat, unlike what it looks like today,” Price said. She explained the parks committee would assume that responsibility if the KSA board of directors approved entering into an agreement with TxDOT and the City of Houston.
In other business, McCormick reported on behalf of KAM that feral hog activity in the eastern end of Kingwood was increasing, as it has at this time of year for the last several years.
“The hogs are more active right now, unfortunately. We had five reports of damage in the Kings Point area. Royal Shores had three and Fosters Mill had one,” she said.
McCormick asked that residents be sure to report the information on the Hog Report on the KSA webpage kingwoodserviceassociation.org, whether they call it in or not, as it helps direct the hunters to the active areas. The two hunters authorized to remove the hogs on KSA land and other village areas reported to McCormick they had captured a total of 10 hogs.
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. However, they will continue as scheduled using Zoom for teleconferencing until COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in Houston.