Kingwood, Houston, Texas

Kingwood, Houston, Texas

:"For Kinwood, Texas, see Kinwood"

Kingwood is a 14,000 acre (57 km²) master-planned community located in northeast Houston, Texas. [ cite web
url = http://www.kingwoodonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1&Itemid=2
title = Kingwood Community Information
work = Kingwood Online
accessdate = 2007-10-07
year = 2006
format = html
publisher = Friendswood Development Company
] The majority of the community is located in Harris County with a small portion in Montgomery County. Known as the "Livable Forest," it is the largest master-planned community in Harris County and second-largest within the 10-county nowrap|Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area.

Kingwood, founded in 1969, is being developed on Lake Houston by the Friendswood Development Company, headed up by John Bruton Jr. The name is derived from the King Ranch, which at one point owned the land, as well as from the Friendswood Development Company. [cite web
url=http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/KK/hrk23.html
publisher=Texas State Historical Association
work=The Texas Handbook
author=Kleiner, Diana J.
title=Kingwood, Texas Summary
accessdate=2007-09-30
format=html
]

Neighborhoods

Kingwood is divided into 25 neighborhoods, called "villages." Most villages have a neighborhood pool providing free access for village residents, and most provide their own set of village-specific services.

Trailwood is Kingwood's oldest subdivision, with its first homes being completed in 1971; while new homes are still being built in Barrington, Kingwood Greens, Kings River, Kings Point, and Royal Shores.

Several other subdivisions and developments have developed around the Kingwood area, though they are not actually part of Kingwood. Some of these subdivisions are Forest Cove, which was first built in 1963, Deer Ridge Estates, North Kingwood Forest, Kings Lake Estates, Lakewood Cove and Woodspring Forest. Nearby developments include Oakhurst at Kingwood and King's Manor. Oakhurst does not pay Kingwood Service Association fees, though it is considered part of Kingwood and is also developed by Friendswood Development.

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Kingwood pupils residing in Harris County attend the Humble Independent School District. Kingwood High School and Kingwood Park High School serve the area. All students enrolled in Humble Independent School District also have the option to attend Quest High School, a magnet high school in Atascocita.

Students residing in Montgomery County attend the New Caney Independent School District.cite url
url=http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/nbhd_svces/TechCntrInfo/SN_43.htm
title=Super Neighborhood #43 - Kingwood
publisher=City of Houston
accessdate=2007-10-02
format=html
] A small portion of North Woodland Hills, as well as the Kings Manor and Oakhurst developments, are located in Montgomery County.

Kingwood is served by three Humble ISD middle schools: Kingwood Middle School, Creekwood Middle School and Riverwood Middle School. Kingwood Middle School students are zoned to Kingwood Park High School, while students attending Creekwood and Riverwood are zoned to Kingwood High School.

In addition to the high schools and middle schools, Kingwood is served by nine Humble ISD elementary schools.

Colleges and universities

Lone Star College-Kingwood is two-year community college that serves the area and it is part of the Lone Star College System.

Public libraries

Dedicated on August 12, 1983, the convert|12000|sqft|m2|sing=on [http://www.hcpl.net/branchinfo/kw/kwinfo.htm Kingwood Branch] of the Harris County Public Library, has over 112,000 books. [cite web
url=http://www.hcpl.net/branchinfo/kw/kwinfo.htm
publisher=Harris County Public Library
work=eBranch
title=Kingwood Branch Library
accessdate=2007-09-30
format=html
] In partnership with the Houston Public Library, the branch is slated to become a "City-County" branch in exchange for 4.2 million dollars to fund the building of a new convert|35000|sqft|m2|sing=on facility. At the time of its completion, the existing branch will be converted into a community center. [cite news
last = Williamson
first = Harry
title = Kingwood library construction work to start this year
work = Houston Chronicle
date = 2007-02-15
url = http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl?id=2007_4285966
accessdate = 2007-08-05
format=html
] In addition to the Kingwood Library, and within Kingwood, there is also the [http://kclibrary.nhmccd.edu/ Kingwood Community College library] , which permits access for "currently enrolled students, high school students and adults living within the district, patrons of Montgomery County Memorial Library System, and college employees." [cite web
url=http://kclibrary.nhmccd.edu/kc-lrc-general-info.html
title=Hours Staff and General info
work=Kingwood College Library info
pubisher=NMHCCD
format=html
accessdate=2007-09-30
date=2007-09-04
quote=Kingwood College is part of the North Harris Montgomery Community College District (NHMCCD).Currently enrolled students, high school students and adults living within the district, patrons of Montgomery County Memorial Library System, and college employees may check out materials.
]

ervices

Police, fire and ambulance services are provided by the City of Houston.

The Houston public works department is responsible for the maintenance and construction of roads in Kingwood, but are not responsible for the greenbelt trails that run throughout the community.

The greenbelt trails' maintenance is the responsibility of the trail association in each village with exception to Trailwood Village. Over convert|75|mi|km of greenbelts comb the area.

METRO operates a single Park and Ride location in Kingwood to provide commuters with an alternative to driving themselves downtown.

The [http://www.kwcommerce.org/ Kingwood Chamber of Commerce] serves local businesses and the community with regular activities such as Kleenwood.

Police

The Houston Police Department's Kingwood Patrol Division [" [http://www.houstontx.gov/police/contact/images/hpd_beat_map.pdf HPD Beat Map] ." "City of Houston".] , headquartered at 3915 Rustic Woods" [http://www.houstontx.gov/police/vip/vip_cops.htm VOLUNTEER INITIATIVES PROGRAM - Citizens Offering Police Support] ." "City of Houston".] , provides law enforcement services to Kingwood.

Minors under the age of 15 are subject to a Houston mandated curfew after 10:00PM Sunday through Thursday, or 11:00PM on Friday and Saturday (baring few minor exceptions.)cite web
url=http://www.houstontx.gov/council/h/curfew.pdf
title=Juvenile Curfew
publisher=City of Houston
accessdate=2007-11-01
format=pdf
] This curfew extends to fill the time between 9AM until 2:30PM on days when school is in session. John Cannon, a spokesman for the HPD says, "the curfew is to ensure that kids are in school getting an education." [cite web
url=http://www.hcnonline.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18851620
title=Curfew details differ in Atascocita, Humble and Kingwood
publisher=Houston Community Newspapers
work=The Humble Observer
author=Thomas, Stefanie
date=2007-09-25
accessdate=2007-10-01
format=html
quote="The goal of the daytime curfew is to ensure that kids are in school, getting an education," said John Cannon, spokesman for HPD. "If a kid is not in school, he or she has a much better chance of getting into trouble. I think most parents would agree that daytime curfew is a good tool to help keep their kids in the classroom."
]

Fire

Kingwood lies in Houston Fire District 102 operated by the Houston Fire Department.cite web
url=http://www.houstontx.gov/fire/firestations/index.html
title=Fire Stations
publisher=Houston Fire Department
accessdate=2007-09-30
date=2007-06-18
format=html
] There are four stations located within Kingwood: Station 101, Station 102, Station 103 and Station 104. A fifth station, Station 105, is outside of Kingwood and in the same fire district.cite web
url=http://www.houstontx.gov/fire/abouthfd/history.html#77,%2082,%2083,%2085,%2090,%2092-94,%2096,%20101-104%20(1995-2001)
title=(1995-2003)77, 82, 83, 85, 90, 92-94, 96, 99, 101-104
work=History of Houston Fire Stations
publisher=Houston Fire Department
accessdate=2007-09-30
author=Evans, Jay S.
format=html
]

Community Events

Kingwood residents enjoy a number of community events throughout the year, including:

*Mardi Gras
** When: February
** Where: Town Center Park.
** Parade and vendor fair with open air concert.
* Picnic on the Park
** When: Day before Easter
** Where: Town Center Park
** Easter Egg hunt open to children of all ages. The event also offers game booths, a vendor fair, and performances by local area groups.
* Auto Shows
** When: Spring and Fall, often April and October respectively.
** Where: Town Center Park.
** Typically draws up to 200 vehicles in a wide variety of categories. The Spring Car Show is held in April and the Fall show is typically held in October.
* Fourth of July
** When: July 04
** Where: Parade, between Creekwood Middle School, and Kingwood High School; festivities, Town Center Park.
** Consisting of a parade; and, firework display, with open air concert, and vendor fair.
* Christmas in the Park
** When: December
** Where: Town Center Park
** Vendor fair, and live performances from local groups. Day ends with a tree lighting ceremony in the park.

Politics and Representation

Originally an unincorporated area, the section of Kingwood in Harris County was annexed by the City of Houston in 1996 despite vehement protest by the community. The contested annexation was appealed to the Texas Supreme Court and led to the passage of Texas Senate Bill 89 in 1999, which curbed city annexation rights.

Kingwood residents vote mostly Republican, and all representatives of Kingwood on local and state levels are Republican.
* The state representative, representing district 127, is Joe Crabb. Fact|date=September 2007
* The congressional representative, representing Texas's 2nd congressional district, is Ted Poe, who won by 55% in 2004. [cite web
url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/elections/2004/page/21780/
title=U.S. House -- Texas District 2 (voting results)
accessdate=2007-09-30
date=2004-11-24
work=Washington Post
publisher=AP
format=html
]
* Kingwood is in Texas Senate District 4, represented by Tommy Williams. [cite web
url=http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist4/dist4.htm
publisher=The Senate of Texas
title=Senator Tommy Williams: District 4
accessdate=2007-09-30
format=html
]
* Kingwood is represented on the Houston City Council by Michael Sullivan. [cite web
url=http://www.houstontx.gov/council/e/index.html
publisher=City of Houston
title=Council Member Addie Wiseman profile page
accessdate=2007-09-30
format=html
]
* The majority of Kingwood lies in Harris County Precinct 4 (PCT4). PCT4's commissioner is Jerry Eversole; and the constable, Ron Hickman. [cite web
url=http://www.co.harris.tx.us/elected_officials.asp
title=Elected Officials
publisher=Harris County
accessdate=2007-10-01
format=html
] Other elected officials for Precinct 4 can be found at, [http://www.co.harris.tx.us/ Harris County PCT4] .

Amenities

* The newest addition to Kingwood's park facilities is a 2.25 acre public dog park. [cite web
url=http://www.hcnonline.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18695230
accessdate=2007-09-30
date=2007-08-13
title=New dog park in Kingwood has fun for owners and pets alike
work=Kingwood Observer
publisher=Houston Community Newspapers
format=html
author=Hickman, Ryan
] More information on this new dog park can be found at [http://www.petkamp.com/dogpark.htm Kingwood Kennels] .
* Kingwood Park, operated by the City of Houston. cite url
url=http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/pdf07/Inventory%20Listing%20342%20(8-28-06).pdf
title=Park Inventory
publisher=Houston Parks and Recreation Department
format=pdf
accessdate=2007-09-30
date=2006-08-28
]
* East End Park, owned and operated by the Kingwood Service Association. [cite web
url=http://www.eastendpark.com
accessdate=2008-08-08
title=East End Park
publisher=Rehak Creative Services
format=html
]
* Opened in May 21 2004, Kingwood Skate Park is a convert|5402|sqft|m2|sing=on facility that has "mini half pipe with 90' hip, skate benches, a kinked round grind rail, a kicker ramp, skate tables, a bank to stair with rail, shade structures with benches, drinking fountain and a bike rack in the shape of a skateboarder." [cite web
url=http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/SkateParks.html
title=Skate Parks
publisher=Houston Parks and Recreation Department
format=html
accessdate=2007-09-30
quote= Kingwood Skate Park was the very first public skate park built by the City of Houston. It was dedicated on May 21, 2004. The convert|5402|sqft|m2|sing=on facility measures 73’ x 74’. Components include: a mini half pipe with 90' hip, skate benches, a kinked round grind rail, a kicker ramp, skate tables, a bank to stair with rail, shade structures with benches, drinking fountain and a bike rack in the shape of a skateboarder.|
]

References

ee also

External links


* [http://www.kingwoodcivicclub.org Kingwood Civic Club]
* [http://www.kingwoodonline.com Official Kingwood Website]
* [http://www.kingwoodcommunity.com Kingwood Community]


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