It will cost the Parks Committee more than $4,000 to redesign and replace the gate at East End Park, 6400 Kingwood Drive, which has been vandalized at least four times over the last year. Members voted on June 7 to approve a design submitted by Parks member Bob Rehak. Vandalism has been a continual problem at East End Park. It was speculated by the group at last month's meeting that individuals damage the gate in order to drive through the meadow after heavy rains. Tire marks have disfigured several trails in the area. Park vandalism also included a fire that destroyed several acres at the park and damage to a bridge at Deer Ridge Park over the last couple of months. The fire was believed to be arson and authorities are investigating. Expenses for vandalism-related repairs were more than $600 for the month of May. With the exception of Creekwood, total park expenditures were under budget for the first five months of the year. In other committee news, lighting for the tennis court at Deer Ridge Park is expected to be delivered within the next month and the committee is working on a design with Reylin Electric to supply lighting at Rover Grove Park. Trees have already been cleared for the installation of a meter pole and weather head at the park, and as soon as the design is complete, Reylin Electric will apply for a City of Houston permit to complete the project. The group also discussed several improvements that need to be made at Deer Ridge Park. “The concession stand still needs to be repaired,” said Ray Anderson, committee member, who added there were several advertisement signs by Thoroughly Modern Millie that were discarded by the roadway, aerators in the pond have stopped working and the Kingwood Services Association sign needs new plexiglass. A request was made to purchase paint from TxDOT to repair vandalism as needed on the new overpass near Northpark. It was suggested to keep the paint on stock and hire a contractor to repair as needed, rather than go through the City of Houston. “We are looking at the budget for 2008 and will consider it,” said Dee Price, committee member. The budget subcommittee has requested proposals as they begin to work on the budget for 2008. The subcommittee is Dee Price, Bob Rehak, Lynn Forster, Ray Anderson, Dick McGucken and John Kaskie. The Kingwood Parks Committee meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2030 Shadow Rock in Kingwood. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Photo: The gate at East End Park, 6400 Kingwood Drive, has been vandalized four times this year. Members of the Parks Committee recently approved funds to replace and improve the gate, which is used by emergency and maintenance personnel. Photo by Geoff Geiger

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