The Kingwood Service Association (KSA) Parks Committee heard from members of the River Grove Disk Golf Club at their June meeting to consider a joint working relationship to improve and maintain the River Grove Park Disc Golf Course.
Club President Scott Campbell and Vice President Coleman Weatherspoon suggested that their organization could supply volunteers and funding to make improvements to the course and help with ongoing maintenance. They noted large increases in the people using the course recently and pointed out there are now over 30 courses in and around Houston. However, most are not near the Northeast Houston area. River Grove Park is both close and unique.
“We have a beautiful course that’s pretty prestigious within the city actually, because it is not wide open where you can just chuck it [the disk] as far as you can,” Weatherspoon said. He explained that it is unique because of its heavily wooded setting. He pointed out that there are about 600 active players in the Houston area in various leagues and clubs.
“We would like to have the course cleaned up and make it a little bit safer and potentially even expand the course,” he said.
Weatherspoon explained that the club collects funds from its members and has a budget of about $3,000. Their original objective was to install a new course if an opportunity became available, but have since changed their mind.
“We have tried in a couple of different parks but Northeast Houston is a bit of a dead zone,” Weatherspoon said, explaining that with a beautiful course already here it makes good sense to try to take advantage of the facility and to make it better.
“People thoroughly enjoy it. We would love to see it restored to its former glory [before Harvey],” he added.
Weatherspoon said the group would like to immediately begin by adding alternate “tee boxes” Bob Rehak of Kings Forest updated the committee on the state of the San Jacinto River dredging and asked that they take an active role in the flooding issue.
“Go back to your community associations and propose that you start a flood control committee within your CA. The purpose would be to patrol the ditches in your CA and report any problems to flood control on a regular basis and to coordinate with KSA,” he suggested.
Rehak said that routine reporting in this manner will help make the whole process more efficient and responsive rather than just random individual homeowner calls from those who take the time to report them. An up-to-date report on the total flood recovery efforts is maintained by Rehak and is available at reduceflooding.com.
In other business, the committee approved $11,500 for tree maintenance in the River Grove Park area. The money will be used to trim trees away from the street along Woodland Hills, cut trees back from the soccer field road, trim trees, remove one dead tree from the lavatory area, and cut back and remove dead trees adjacent to the new soccer/rugby and common-use fields.
The next KSA Parks meeting will be delayed a week in July to avoid conflict with July 4th celebrations. It will be held Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. in the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2030 Shadow Rock Drive in Kingwood. The public is invited to attend.