March 25 – KINGWOOD – Members of Kingwood City Council have failed to respond to a request for funds for a 40ft by 100ft pavilion being built by the Preston Parks and Recreation Commission (PCPaRC). The estimated cost of the pavilion and washrooms is $400,000.
Councilor Karen Kurilko said $50,000 could be taken from Kingwood’s ARPA funds that remained from other projects. She said it would be a good way to show cooperation between the city and the county.
Other council members said that while the pavilion would be a worthwhile project, the $50,000 could be used for some of the city’s projects that need updating. Kingwood is also planning to build a pavilion as part of its pool upgrade project.
“Brown’s Park Castle is falling apart and we have yet to give Kevin (Stiles, Kingwood Parks and Recreation Director) money for ARRPA,” Mayor Jean Guillot said. . “We have our own parks and recreation that we need to take care of.”
Councilman Bill Robertson agreed and asked if there were other sources of funding for PCPaRC.
“We have a water park and a children’s park without a pavilion,” he said. “Also, I’m not sure whether the use of ARPA funds for this is related.”
In other cases, no decision has been made on a $10,000 Blueprint community fund request by Alisa Kilkenny.
Kilkenny said the Blueprint Community provided a director’s stipend for the first three years.
“August is the time to write the grant for the third year,” she said. “We’re supposed to become more self-sufficient as we go along.”
Kilkenny told council that the Blueprint Community would like to continue street fair activities on May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13 and September 10.
She said the other Kingwood events for 2022 are:
– August 27, Community Farm to Table Dinner on Price Street.
– October 27, Business Trick or Treat.
— November 26, Small Business Saturday.
— Christmas parade on December 5.
Kingwood City Council’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on April 12.