FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2006
CITY ANNOUNCES NEXT MOVES IN
WAIANAE BEACH CLEANUPS
Lester Chang, director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, announced today a series of actions that the City plans in the next several months as it continues its campaign to clean up its beach parks on the Waianae Coast.
“Mayor Hannemann has made it clear that the maintenance and upkeep of our parks are priorities of our administration,” Chang said. “We want to replicate our success with our cleanup of Ala Moana Park, which continues to draw raves from residents and visitors alike.”
Actions planned on the Waianae Coast include:
· City crews on Monday, next week will begin clearing brush from alongside Farrington Highway near Tracks Beach Park.
· Beginning 10 p.m. Monday, September 4, the Nanakuli or southern end of Maili Beach Park, from opposite St. John’s Road to Palani Street, will be closed to the public around the clock until 5 a.m. Friday, September 8, to allow for heavy maintenance and renovation of the comfort station. From the evening of September 8, that section of the park will be closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
· Beginning 10 p.m. Sunday, September 17, the Kaena or northern end of Maili Beach Park, to a point opposite Alapaki Street, will be closed to the public until 5 a.m. Friday, September 22, to allow for heavy maintenance and renovation of the comfort station in that end of the park. From the evening of September 22, that section of the park will be closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
· The comfort station at Cove Beach Park, on the town side of Nanakuli, will be closed for a few days in October for renovation. The beach and park will remain open, and portable toilets will be provided during the renovation.
· The comfort station at Tracks Beach Park Tracks will be closed for renovation in November. Again, the beach and park will remain open, and portable toilets will be provided during the renovation.
“These steps are being taken in response to concerns and requests from many Waianae Coast residents,” said Chang. “The closure of two portions of Maili Beach Park will allow us to follow the process we successfully undertook at Ala Moana Beach Park earlier this year.
“Camping was never allowed in those two sections of Maili Beach Park previously, and after the maintenance work, we will enforce the rules there. This is an early step toward our goal of making clean, safe parks available equally to all users.”
In addition to these actions, Chang added that a portion of Nanakuli Beach Park, including its camping area, will be closed beginning in November or December to allow construction to begin on the Nanakuli canoe halau.
The City has notified social service providers so that they can inform their clients who might be affected by the planned actions.
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767