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December 21, 2002

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          The new gymnasium at Manoa District Park--built for joint use by the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation and State’s Department of Education--opened for public use after a short ceremony this morning.  Eight girls’ basketball teams from the Manoa Girls Athletic Club put the new facility into immediate use with practice sessions afterward.


The State Legislature and City Council appropriated a total of $7.8 million for construction.  The construction cost to date is $5.9 million, with a few change orders currently being negotiated.   Even with these change orders, the project will still be substantially below the construction budget.


The brief opening ceremony included a blessing by Pastor Russell Higa of the Honolulu Christian Church and remarks by Mayor Jeremy Harris and State Senator Brian Taniguchi. 


          “This project is great example of how the public can benefit from State and City partnerships,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.  “By joining forces, we have a better joint-use facility, instead of two separate buildings.  Besides the savings in construction, there will be savings in operating costs for years to come.”


“Manoa District Park is one of the most heavily used parks in the city, and the elementary school needs the improved space that this complex provides.  We are delighted that the gymnasium was completed for the holiday break and that the Manoa Girls Athletic Club was able to hold their first practice session here today,” added the Mayor.


The project includes a 29,712 square-foot gymnasium with two regulation basketball courts (or four “youth” basketball courts) two arts and crafts rooms, two offices and two classrooms.  Site work included construction of a parking lot, landscaping and walkways.  The project contractor was KD Construction and design consultant was Mitsunaga & Associates.


          “There are a few punchlist items to be completed, but there is no reason to keep the building from being put to its intended use, especially since schools just closed for the holidays, and lots of kids need the play areas that this new building provides,” the Mayor continued.


          Inspectors for the Honolulu Fire Department and the City’s Department of Planning and Permitting issued an occupancy permit for the gymnasium on November 25, 2002.  The existing drainage around the building will be modified in the near future to take care of the rainwater coming out of the roof’s downspouts.  This work will improve the landscaping and has no effect on use of the complex.  Minor work around the windows will be done in phases to minimize disruption of the gym’s use. 




Saturday, December 21, 2002

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