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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 10, 2003                                                               

 CITY DEDICATES PHASE II OF CENTRAL OAHU REGIONAL PARK

             The Hawaii Junior Olympic State Tournament, girls 18 and under, and a Celebrity Game, with the media team challenging the mayor’s team, will be among the highlights of the City’s dedication of the new softball complex at Central Oahu Regional Park on Saturday, June 14.  The dedication ceremonies begin at 11 a.m.  Kahu Kordell Kekoa of Kamehameha Schools will officiate the blessing and traditional untying of the maile lei.

             The weekend event also features a battle between the Honolulu Police Department and the Honolulu Fire Department at 12:30 p.m., Senior League Games for players 70 years and older from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and Okinawan League Games from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

             The Hawaii Junior Olympic State Tournament, which will feature nine teams of 16 girls each, will start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and run through the evening.  “We’re very happy to be the first tournament to play at the new complex,” said Donald Meinel, Commissioner, Hawaii Amateur Softball Association.  “The fields are in excellent condition and our athletes should play their very best.”

             Meinel said the winner of this tournament will go to the Mainland to participate in the National Amateur Softball Junior Olympics tournament.

              The fast-pitch Hawaii Junior Olympic State Tournament will feature a $1.50 hot dog, chips and root beer special.  Free Meadow Gold ice cream and juice will be served after the dedication ceremonies at 11:30 a.m.

             The second phase of the park, which began November 2001, included the construction of four softball fields, two baseball fields (one adult and one infield practice field), a two-story announcer’s booth and comfort station, parking for 343 cars and a passive park area.

             The construction estimate for this project was $12,600,000, which included both design and construction of the ball fields, ADA accessible walkways and landscaping.  Contractor for the project was Royal Contracting Company, Ltd. and design and management consultant is SSFM International, Inc.

             For more information, contact Department of Customer Services, 523-4834.

 

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Thursday, June 12, 2003

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