Kingwood is a planned community in the far Northeast area of the City of Houston. Originally developed in an unincorporated area of Harris County by Friendswood Development (a subsidiary of Exxon Mobile) to provide housing for their employees, the community was annexed by the City of Houston in 1996 under protest.
Kingwood has maintained its identity as a bedroom community. The easy access to I-59 and downtown Houston and the close proximity to the airport make it a convenient commute.
Known as the “Livable Forest,” a large part of the appeal of the community to residents is the dedication of the original developers to preserving trees in the area as well as ample green space. Kingwood neighborhoods, or “villages”, are connected by greenbelts and over 75 miles of trails. Beyond the individual neighborhood parks, residents also enjoy access to boating in River Grove Park, sporting areas in Deer Ridge park, nature walks in East End Park, and the wilds of the nature preserve in Creekwood Nature Park. In 2007, Kingwood was ranked as one of the “Most Livable Metro Area Suburbs” nationally by Forbes Magazine.
Part of the success of the inaugural March of Remembrance Houston held in Kingwood in 2012 was the tight sense of community, not only among the residents, but by the area pastors. Churches of seven different denominations within 2 miles on Woodland Hills Dr stood together to say “Never Again.”