Puna’s ‘Hot Pond’ Park Closed for Water Testing
by Dave Smith
The county Department of Parks and Recreation closed Ahalanui Park today after a park-goer apparently became sick after swimming in its hot pond.
A spokesman for the department said the park will remain closed until testing of the pond’s water quality can be completed and county officials are sure that it falls within safety guidelines.
“Ensuring the health and safety of all park users remains the top priority of the Department of Parks and Recreation,” said spokesman Jason Armstrong. “In an abundance of caution, Director Clayton Honma took immediate action to close the park and request the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch test the pond’s water quality.”
Signs were placed at the park in 2002 warning that the geothermally heated water is not disinfected and that swimmers should not enter the water with open wounds because of the risk of bacterial infection.
The signs were put up at the request of the widow of a 72-year-old man who died in 2001, two days after going swimming at Ahalanui with sores from psoriasis – an immune disorder — on his legs.
well..think about it people...i quit swimming here 15 years ago because of this!
Yeah...people pee and stuff in there!
Its about time. Know of someone how ended up in the hospital because of a bacterial infection on both legs and was antibiotic treatment for several days after coming home..
It needed to be done, this water is quite polluted, and people do some pretty interesting things in it, and since it never get's cleaned out, because the water has no where to go, the people pollution just sits in there and grows. Would be nice if they found a safe way to clean it so it can be enjoyed again.