Super Neighborhood 43 - Kingwood
Your super neighborhood at-a-glance:
Kingwood SN #43 represents the current city limit in far northeast Houston. It straddles US 59 north of the San Jacinto River. It is bounded by Lake Houston on the East and South, the Harris County boundary on the North, and Sorters Road on the West. Most of SN #43 lies inside Harris County although some of it lies in Montgomery County.
The 5,000 acre Lake Houston Park, acquired by the City from the State of Texas, borders Kingwood for 2.5 miles on the northeast.
Kingwood was originally part of the famous King Ranch. Many oil and gas assets are nearby. In the 1970s, Friendswood Development Company partnered with the Ranch to build this immense master-planned community. During the oil boom of that era, the community grew quickly. It offered a safe haven for people who preferred more central planning than most of Houston offered at the time. Deed restrictions are still strictly enforced here.
During the 1980s, Kingwood expanded eastward from US 59. The population expanded from about 20,000 to almost 70,000 in 2014. In 1996, Kingwood was annexed by Houston at the end of the Bob Lanier administration.
Kingwood is known as “The Livable Forest.” People here are proud of the way the environment has been maintained as the City has grown. Nestled on the shores of Lake Houston, Kingwood offers natural amenities galore, including approximately 100 miles of greenbelts that connect various portions of the community with shopping districts, schools, and parks.
Kingwood is a conservative, mostly residential community that takes pride in the exceptional environment it offers for raising families.
The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Kingwood. The area offers five parks, privately funded by resident contributions and managed by the Kingwood Service Association, an all-volunteer organization.
Kingwood offers three main shopping districts: on North Park Drive, about 1.5 miles east of US 59; on Kingwood Drive about one-half mile east of US 59, and Town Center at Kingwood Drive and West Lake Houston Parkway.
The area contains numerous churches representing most religions.
Although inside Houston City limits, Kingwood schools belong to the Humble ISD.
Kingwood also has a large campus of the Lone Star College system which enrolls approximately 7,000 students. LSC/Kingwood offers associate degrees in many programs. Credits earned here readily transfer to 4-year colleges throughout Texas.
Since its creation in September 2000, the Kingwood Super Neighborhood Council advocated the following projects which have since become reality.
- Constructing a Skateboard Park in Kingwood
- Replacing a Harris County Library as a joint venture with The City of Houston to provide a new 30,000 square foot facility.
- Extending Kingwood Drive as a four-lane roadway with median from Willow Terrace to Hidden Lakes Drive
- Constructing access improvements on Kingwood Drive for vehicles entering and leaving Kingwood High School
- Extending North Park Drive as a four-lane roadway with median from West Lake Houston Parkway to Mills Branch Drive.
- Constructing numerous sidewalk projects
- Synchronizing all traffic signals on Kingwood Drive from Mills Branch Drive to Loop 494
- Repaired grade crossings on major Kingwood entrances (in cooperation with Union Pacific)
- Constructed a protected right hand turn lane on Loop 494 at Hamblen Rd
- Constructed numerous left and right hand turn lanes to improve traffic flow throughout the community, including increased storage capacity for turning vehicles
- Repairing Kingwood streets as necessary with full-depth concrete
- Overlaying asphalt for streets in older sections of the community
- Constructing new drainage culverts to replace older ineffective ones
Civic Associations in the Area
- Kingwood Service Association manages five common parks and entryways. It also has a public safety committee that works with HPD and HFD.
- Kingwood Chorale has performed at Carnegie Hall.
- Each of our 31 subdivisions is governed by an independent board of volunteer directors.
- Lake Houston Park Nature Club leads nature walks in East End Park every weekend during the birding season
- Kingwood Garden Club beautifies areas throughout the community.
- We also have approximately a dozen trail associations that manage our greenbelt system.
Super Neighborhood Website
Meeting Times and Locations
Meetings are normally scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month. Most meetings begin at 7:00 pm and are held at the Kingwood Park Community Center at 4102 Rustic Woods Drive.
- Stan Sarman, President
Super Neighborhood Statistical Info
- Houston City Council District E
- Humble Independent School District
- New Caney Independent School District
- 19,232 acres (30.1 sq. miles)
- Your Super Neighborhood's Demographics, Land Use Map, and Resource Assessment