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    NEWS ADVISORY

                            Department of Customer Services
                            Public Communications Division
                            City & County of Honolulu
                            523-4385

                                                                                                                      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 21, 2002
HISTORIC A’ALA PARK RE-OPENS TO THE PUBLIC 
 

            The public is invited to celebrate the grand re-opening of A’ala Park on Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event concludes a $2.3 million renovation project, begun in December 2000, which will make the park safer and more accessible to the district’s youth.  The Saturday celebration will include entertainment by Firehouse at 10:30  a.m., a lion dance by the Chinese Physical Culture Association, formal blessing officiated by Kahu Kaleo Patterson of Kaumakapili Church, skateboard clinics and demonstrations, a girls softball game between Na Kolohe of Honolulu and Kalaeloa from Kapolei, and a basketball game featuring the HPD PAL Lanakila and Waipahu Teams. 

            “We are pleased to return A’ala Park to the community and to restore these much needed sports facilities,” said Mayor Harris.  “These improvements will make the park safer and more accessible to the entire community,” he added.

            The renovations include construction of new basketball courts, construction of new softball fields, reconstruction of an existing 10,000 square feet skateboard rink, installation of new water systems, construction of new parking lot and driveways, ADA walkways, renovation of existing comfort station, construction of new play apparatus, and installation of new park security lighting system, new picnic tables and stools, new drinking fountains and landscaping.

            Contractors of the project were Site Engineering, Inc., Miyabara and Associates, and Haron Engineering, Inc.

 

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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