The Lake Cities Lions Club Brings Great Outdoors to Kingswood

The Lake Cities Lions Club Brings Great Outdoors to Kingswood

by Susan Neuhalfen

It’s truly inspiring when members of the community come together to create something for the greater good which causes a chain reaction of events that improve the
community as a whole.

That’s exactly what happened when the Lake Cities Lions Club approached the Kingswood Mobile Home Park to design and refurbish their playground area.

“When they came to us and asked us if they could redo the outdoor area we said ‘Are you kidding?’” laughed Margaret McCarty of the Kingswood Homeowners Association. “We immediately made a game plan and they got it done.”

Located on Shady Shores, Kingswood Mobile Home Park has approximately 200 homes and dates back to the 1970s. After a series of unfortunate events that brought the property to the brink of foreclosure, the Kingswood Homeowners Association was re-formed and came together to pay off debts and improve their neighborhood. It’s been a long and arduous process spearheaded by McCarty and others, but they are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Though not yet scheduled, the improvements to the outdoor area were on their radar. The Lions Club stepping in when they did was simply great timing.

“They have been so appreciative and accommodating,” said Lions Club member Julie Mathews, who helped initiate the project along with Kathy King, Doyt Sheets and Steven Brunson. “They made it really easy for us.”

The Lions Club found that the neighborhood had lots of kids and the playground needed immediate updating. There was a basketball court, a picnic area with no tables and what used to be a shuffleboard court. Once they got the green light from the HOA, Lake Dallas native and Lions Club Vice President Steven Brunson got to work designing the new layout.

There were already concrete pads where the picnic tables used to be, so Chapy’s Pressure Washing of Lake Dallas came in and cleaned off the concrete pads until they looked practically new. Ace Hardware worked with the Lions Club to give them a good price on commercial grade outdoor tables. The tables had to be special ordered and took weeks to deliver. Once they got them, another Lake Dallas business, Remodeling by George, installed the tables so that they would be permanent fixtures in the ground. The picnic tables alone are a beautiful addition to the playground area.

“I’m already seeing people taking advantage of the picnic area,” said McCarty. “A lot of people are eating lunch and dinner out there.”

Brunson then repurposed the shuffleboard court and turned the area into 2 four-square courts and a hopscotch area. After it was pressure washed, he had the area re-striped by Texas Stripes in Lake Dallas while the masking tape was done by Lion Michelle Mclaren. The homeowners, as well as the kids, are thrilled with the results.

According to McCarty, the whole park has gone through a lot of changes. The community pool, which had been closed for several years, was finally updated with new filtering systems and the whole pool was cleaned and refilled. The Clubhouse was repainted and refurnished and is now being rented out with proceeds going toward even more improvements. Many in the neighborhood have volunteered their services. They have cut down the brush and replaced the light over the park area. The storage area had to be cleaned out and a lot of maintenance had to be addressed, but McCarty said it’s slowly but surely getting done.

The improvements are having a ripple effect on the neighborhood. Everyone is stepping up.

“The homeowners are really starting to take pride in their homes and it shows,” said McCarty. “We’re really grateful for all of the help, especially from the Lake Cities Lions Club.”

When asked about what was next for Kingswood, McCarty said they are currently working toward putting together community events for the fall/winter once their pool closes. They are continuing to make maintenance improvements all over the property. They are collecting books for a library they are establishing in the clubhouse. They are also looking for someone to haul away a pile of dirt that was left after they made improvements to the drainage system. If interested, email Margaret at mccar56@juno.com.

One thing is for sure, the Lions Club would be only too happy to work with the members of the Kingswood HOA again, and especially Margaret McCarty.

“Margaret is such a spark—she is that go-getter that you need,” said Mathews. “If it can be done, Margaret will figure it out.”


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