Although Kingwood parks remain open, “they are being hit with extreme vandalism,” said Ethel McCormick, owner of Kingwood Association Management. “Bored teenagers and adults are destroying furniture in the parks and burning them,” said McCormick.
"What we don’t want is the damage to the park that we are receiving. Graffiti is everywhere and teens or adults are ripping our benches and tables apart and then setting them on fire," added McCormick.
"We posted signs in our parks warning people of the virus, but the parks are open to our Kingwood residents,” said McCormick. Although these parks will remain open, users are being cautioned to be responsible for their personal safety as well as their cleanliness in light of the recent string of vandalisms.
"We have disinfected the playgrounds at both Deer Ridge Park and River Grove Park but if they are used by someone who is infected with COVID-19, the virus could possibly stay on the metal up to 3 hours, Our attorneys felt it was best to say ‘use [our parks] at your own risk.’ We want for people to use the parks and then sanitize their children and themselves afterwards," added McCormick.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner issued new City of Houston park guidelines on March 25 and included the one city park near the Lake Houston area. "The Lake Houston Wilderness Park remains open; however, the Nature Center, cabins and dining hall are closed. Visitors are urged to pack extra soap and hand sanitizer as a precaution. If you have been sick in the last two weeks, please stay home," reads Turner's press release. The full list of information from Turner may be found at ourtribune.com/headlines/23537-houston-parks-department-response-to-covid-19.html.
McCormick offers practical advice for Kingwood park patrons: “Use the parks and then clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Do not go from the parks to McDonalds to feed the kids without cleaning up first.”