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March 5, 2015

Think About It: Park Paragon Possibilities

The infusion of $2-million to help in the upkeep of Honolulu parks was surely a welcome part of Mayor Kirk Caldwell's "State of the City" address last week. Getting interested and concerned residents to help out and keep an eye on the parks in their neighborhoods makes lots of sense. Using a special sealant to help minimize mildew and graffiti should also help to keep facilities at refurbished parks from the normal wear and tear we see far too often. Going to the bathroom at a park is supposed to be a necessary relief, not a scary or unsanitary pursuit.

Another fine aspect of the proposed outlay of funds is to allow for upgrades in park equipment, jungle gyms and the like. Gosh, remember the old days when kids actually just played with one another for fun, when they weren't tied to mandatory practice schedules or all-star teams in three sports all year long. Remember when free time was really free, and your after school schedule was directly correlated to who was available at 3:30pm to go surfing or play three on three football, soccer, or basketball?

Anyway, I digress, but the key to this effort by the City of Honolulu will be to make sure that the caretakers and vested interest holders are the neighbors, whose concerns are hopefully quality of life, safety for the keiki, and a willingness to be an actual part of the solution to help in the refurbishment and upkeep of our many dilapidated parks. If feasible, adding a few night lights to dissuade vandals and low life pond scum would be helpful, too. Because on these upgraded fields of dreams, we suspect that if you re-build it, they will come.  Think about it…

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