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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        April 19, 2006






            Due to the many favorable comments about the nightly closure of Ala Moana Regional Park, Lester Chang, director of the City Department of Parks and Recreation, today announced the closures will be extended through June 2006 as the department considers requests by the public to make the current park hours permanent.

            “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback about the nightly closures,” said Chang. “Many people are commenting that the park feels cleaner and safer and we should keep up this practice.  Closing it for another 60 days will allow us to determine whether we should make these nightly closures permanent.”

            Beginning March 27, Chang ordered the park closed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. to prepare the public for a three-day, around-the-clock shutdown of the park for maintenance. That closure is scheduled for April 25 to 27. “The beach itself will remain open, but the park road will be closed to the public at both entrances and other portions of the park will be off-limits to the public,” said Chang. ”We strongly recommend people make alternate plans for those three days.”

            The work scheduled for that three-day period includes:

·       Thoroughly clean all comfort stations.

·       Paint the Ala Wai portals; canal bridges; retaining walls; and the Ewa and Waikiki comfort stations.  We just recently completed a major makeover of the three Magic Island comfort stations.

·       Sweep, repair potholes and restripe parking lots and beach road.  Repaint curbs.

·       Do comprehensive landscape maintenance.  Evaluate all trees and prune as necessary.

·       Repair picnic tables and park benches.

·       Paint and perform maintenance work on lifeguard towers.

·       Repair and perform maintenance on irrigation systems and other infrastructure.

            With the extension of the nightly closures, the City will continue to allow homeless campers to temporarily use the grassy area known as Sister Roberta Derby Park next to the Honolulu Police Department’s Alapai headquarters.






            Bill Brennan, 527-6928 

            Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

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