Richardson Ocean Park to Close for Ant TreatmentJune 17, 2014, 5:47 PM HST (Updated June 19, 2014, 11:03 AM)
A popular Hilo beach park will close Thursday afternoon to allow county crews to apply another round of baiting treatments to combat the little fire ant.
Weather permitting, Richardson Ocean Park will close at 2 p.m. Thursday, and reopen at 7 a.m. Friday.
Similar baiting operations were carried out at the park in January and March.
The county Department of Parks and Recreation is receiving help from the University of Hawaii in developing strategies to reduce little fire ant colonies at Hawaii County parks.
Legislative efforts to provide state funding for a pilot program to control the ants at Big Island parks failed during the recent session.