Kingwood parks continue recovery process after chronic flooding
The Kingwood Service Association parks are all open and safe to use after Tropical Storm Imelda dealt another blow to greenspace in the area.
77彩票网appDee Price, President of the Kingwood Services Association and a Park Steward, said East End Park had to most flood damage from Imelda. Sand flowed down from the East Fork San Jacinto River and landed in the park while crushed granite was washed away by floodwaters. East End Park flooded during Harvey and twice last year, including during the rain storm in May, and during Imelda.
77彩票网app“On two of the trails that went along the bank, a portion of the trail got washed away such that we had to close those trails,” Price said. “But the rest of the trails throughout the park, we brought in a contractor who went in and resurfaced all of the trails with crushed granite and got them all up to speed.”
77彩票网appNow, the parks are back open without the warning signs indicating dangerous trails. They cannot technically close East End Park because there is nothing in place to prevent people from proceeding into the park, but caution signs were used to indicate the danger of entering after Imelda. Price said she believes the parks are one of the features that attracts people to Kingwood.
“I think we’ve got that park back up to speed and looking good,” Price said.
77彩票网appEach of the villages in Kingwood have HOAs, which charge residents assessments to maintain the common areas of their assigned village. Each of the villages are members of KSA and send representatives from each village to build a budget. Based on the equivalent units of each village, broken down between the number of residential and commercial properties, a portion of the budget is allocated to the village HOAs, called CAs, to pay for the park’s upkeep.
77彩票网appRenovations were completed at East End Park on Dec. 20. It took approximately $101,000 to refurbish the park after Harvey, according to Price. They do not yet have the price for Imelda’s refurbishing costs.
77彩票网app“Every time we have to close a park to restore it, and then we open it, people really let us know that they appreciate it,” Price said.
77彩票网appIn addition to the park recovery, Price said KSA is in the process of dredging along River Grove Park because it has been sanded in, preventing the boat ramp from opening.
77彩票网app“In January, we’re going to kick off a project to dredge the area and then hopefully get our boat ramp open before Spring,” Price said.
The repairs came after KSA’s five parks — including Creekwood Nature, Deer Ridge, East End, Northpark and River Grove — were damaged during Harvey.
77彩票网appAfter Hurricane Harvey, KSA spent $346,700 from their parks budget to rebuild after the damage the storm caused. KSA had to refurbish all of the trails, four of which were flooded, but the trails along the bank did not get washed out. Imelda was the first flooding event that caused the bank to be washed away and eliminated portions of the KSA trails. In addition to the trails themselves, boardwalks and benches also had to be repaired.
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