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News Release: Community Celebrates as Park Revitalization to Begin Soon

NEWS RELEASE

KYMBERLY MARCOS PINE
COUNCILMEMBER, DISTRICT 1
(808) 768-5001
(808) 768-1217 (fax)
e-mail: kmpine@honolulu.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 19, 2014

Community Celebrates as Park Revitalization to Begin Soon

HONOLULU — A community cleanup and day full of activities is only the beginning of the transformation that lies ahead for a park on the Leeward Coast. This Saturday, August 23, 2014, park adoption partner Active Hawaii Organization and the community will come together to pick up trash and clean up Makaha Community Park.

There will also be activities and entertainment for families including: live music, recreational games including kickball, football and basketball, interactive games for the kids and healthy food demonstrations with tastings provided by Ka’ala Farms and the Children’s Healthy Program. All of these activities will be featured alongside information booths and an introduction to the Hoa Paka Adopt-a-Park Leeward initiative. Leeward Coast parks will soon receive the extra care needed from community organizations and local businesses. By adopting a park, these groups will provide volunteer park beautification and improvements. The initiative will aim to revitalize 33 West Oahu City parks through the City’s Hoa Paka Adopt-a-Park Program.

“It’s not just about adopting a park; it’s about changing a community. We need to take this opportunity to come together as a community and take pride in the places where our families gather and spend time together,” Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine said. “Many of the parks on the Leeward Coast are the most beautiful places on the island and our communities need to commit to doing our part to preserve the beauty of our public gathering places.”

Makaha Community Park is the first park adopted under this initiative, and additional improvements are soon to come. Lighting upgrades, plumbing repairs and roof refurbishment to the comfort station are a few of the upgrades that are being considered. Sporting equipment and storage donations have also been made for future youth programs at the park. The Hoa Paka Adopt-a-Park Program will be officially launched with an unveiling of the park make-over later this year. The Active Hawaii Organization is the first park adoption partner in the initiative and the commitment goes beyond community clean-up efforts. Their future plans for the park include working with other community groups and organizations, creating cultural programs and promoting health and wellness for the youth on the Leeward Coast. Saturday’s activities at Makaha Community Park will start at 8:00 a.m. continuing until 5:00 p.m.

More information about the Hoa Paka Leeward Adopt-a-Park program can be found at www.councilmemberpine.com or by contacting the Office of Councilmember Kymberly Pine at (808) 768-5001.

Councilmember Pine represents residents of District One (Ewa, Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, Makaha, Keaau, Makua).

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