|Office of Neighborhoods
|Kingston Woods Neighborhood Association
CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION
7632 Twining Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919
Date: Meetings Held As Needed
Where: Erin Presbyterian Church
A) A security program to ensure those living in the neighborhood a quiet and safe area.
B) Increased property value. We are organized and proactive to issues which might affect our neighborhood.
C) Sense of community. We hope to provide an opportunity to meet and make new friends.
D) Opportunity to beautify the neighborhood.
Bylaws have not been provided.
About Our Neighborhood
The Kingston Woods Neighborhood Association (KWNA) came into being in its current form on April 1, 1991. At that meeting, Gwen Galbreath was asked to serve as president, Anita Nichols was asked to serve as Vice President, Peggy Wiggs was asked to serve as Secretary, and George Wilson was asked to serve as Administrative Assistant. Of this original group, Anita Nichols and George Wilson’s wife (Priscilla) are still active in the Association.
The Association was organized in response to “two night time burglaries where the families awoke to find the robbers. At that time it was established to have dues of $20.00 per quarter for additional security . . . the only other expense is for printing of the newsletter.” This still holds true for the organization.
The KWNA actually consists of four neighborhoods, and is bordered by Morrell Road, Gleason Road, Westland Drive, and Gallaher view. These neighborhoods are (in alphabetical order) Kingston Hills, Kingston Park, Kingston Woods, and West Oaks.
Over 460 homes are within our geographic boundaries. As a united group, we can continue to achieve the goals of the KWNA.
Since 1991, a substantial number of residents in the KWNA geographic area have become city residents. By doing so, a planned apartment complex that most feel would have negatively affected our neighborhood safety and property values was stopped though the efforts of the residents and the association. The area was bought by the city to stop construction of the complex, and remains designated as a city park.
Inclusion into the city brought increased property taxes for those who joined the city, but also brought streetlights, city police protection, city fire protection garbage pickup, and brush pick up. These city services have aided in security and services for the neighborhood.
Priscilla Wilson noted that before as the neighborhood was partially annexed into the city, residents were given the opportunity to be connected to the city sewer system. After all interested residents were connected, the streets were re-paved for possibly the first time since the neighborhood was founded.
Many current challenges now face us, but two key focus areas at this time are traffic calming and safety.