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July 5, 2001

NEW CENTRAL OAHU REGIONAL PARK OPENS 

            A grand opening of the Central Oahu Regional Park, located between Waikele and the Kapapa Gulch intersection with Kamehameha Highway, will be held July 21, featuring a sports festival, games for the keiki and free food, Mayor Jeremy Harris announced today. 

            “This park is a major recreational asset for Central Oahu,” said Mayor Harris. “It will provide opportunities for all types of sports and for people of all ages. This grand opening deserves a grand celebration.”  

            The regional park is three times the size of Queen Kapiolani Regional Park and twice the size of Ala Moana Beach Park. Its first phase covers about 100 acres. Phase I of the park includes four youth athletic fields, two baseball fields, five multi-purpose fields, two parking areas, restrooms and walking paths. The mayor also envisions the site to be eventually used as a training facility for professional tennis players and baseball teams. 

            The grand opening will run from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with the opening ceremony at 11:00 a.m. The featured exhibition sports events will be football, rugby, lacrosse, youth soccer and baseball, archery and cricket. A home-run derby for adults will also be held. Five large inflatable play apparatuses will be set up for the keiki. 

            Hundreds of parking stalls will be accessible at or near the park and trolleys will run continuously during the festivities to shuttle people throughout the huge area. Free popcorn, cotton candy, shaved ice and watermelons will be given away. 

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