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Honoka`a Park Gets New Playground Equipment

March 25, 2014, 3:46 PM HST
* Updated March 25, 3:48 PM
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A new playground opened today at Honoka`a Park.

Located next to the park’s gym, the playground features two play areas: One for children 2-5 years old and another for keiki ages 5 to 12.

The $295,000 project is part of the county Department of Parks and Recreation’s ongoing effort to replace old playgrounds, with current projects including Kailua Park, Gilbert Carvalho Park and Waiakea-Uka Park. A new playground also opened up last year in Mountain View.

When those are completed, the county will have spent more than $3 million in playground upgrades since Mayor Billy Kenoi took office in 2008, a Parks and Recreation spokesman said.

The Honoka`a playground, which replaced obsolete equipment, includes multiple slides, climbing rings and covered decks with a grass-like safety surface.

County Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter said she had been approached by community members concerned about the safety of the old equipment.

“This new playground will provide opportunities for all of our children to stay active and play in a safe area, with their families,” Poindexter said in a statement.

“Providing new opportunities for play and recreation for our children is all part of our effort to create healthy, safe communities for our families,” said Kenoi.

“Mahalo to Councilmember Poindexter, to our Parks and Recreation Department and to everyone who worked to make this project a reality.”

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