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No action taken on request for pavilion construction funds

KINGWOOD — Kingwood City Council members took no action on a request for funds for a 40-by-100-foot pavilion being constructed by Preston Parks and Recreation Commission (PCPaRC). The estimated cost of the pavilion and restrooms is $400,000.

Councilwoman Karen Kurilko said $50,000 could be taken from Kingwood’s ARPA funds that were left over from other projects. She said it would be a good way to show cooperation between the city and the county.

Other council members said although the pavilion would be a worthwhile project, the $50,000 could be used for some of the city’s projects that need to be updated. Kingwood is also considering building a pavilion as part of its pool upgrade project.

“The castle in Brown’s Park is falling apart and we haven’t given Kevin (Stiles, Kingwood Parks and Recreation director) any ARRPA money yet,” Mayor Jean Guillot said. “We have our own parks and recreation to take care of.”

Councilman Bill Robertson agreed and asked if there were other avenues of funding PCPaRC could go.

“We have a splash park and kiddie park with no pavilion,” he said. “Plus I’m not sure using ARPA funds for that is related.”

In other business no decision was made on a $10,000 fund request from the Blueprint Community by Alisa Kilkenny.

Kilkenny said the Blueprint Community provided a stipend for the director 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-reliant as we go along.”

Kilkenny told council the Blueprint Community would like to continue the street fair activities on May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10.

She said other Kingwood events for 2022 are:

  • Aug. 27, Community Farm to Table Dinner on Price Street.
  • Oct. 27, Business Trick or Treat.
  • Nov. 26, Small Business Saturday.
  • Dec. 5 Christmas Parade.

The next meeting of the Kingwood City Council will be at 7 p.m. April 12.

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