Dangerous eyesore at a popular beach park

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For years it’s been deteriorating.

A comfort station at Kailua Beach Park is badly in need of repair.

And residents are worried about what could happen if something isn’t done soon.

Rotting, rusting, and cracking.

“This is what’s happening to the whole structure. You’ll even see the metal up there is almost completely gone,” said Fred Barnett of Kailua.

This is the comfort station at Kailua Beach Park.

But Barnett doesn’t feel quite comfortable using the restroom here.

“It’s been falling apart for at least the past ten years,” said Barnett.

And he says recently, it’s gotten worse.

“We’ve been noticing those walls opening up in the past few months, really,” said Barnett.

The back of the comfort station looks worse than the front.

“I think it’s because the wind is always hitting this side, and I’m sure a lot of salt air doesn’t do this place good.  But it does need help.  Help, help.  Kailua is calling for help,” said Barnett.

Councilman Ikaika Anderson, who represents Kailua, has responded to the community’s cries for help.

“My office put $100,000 in planning and design funds into the fiscal year 2011 budget.  At this current time, we’re awaiting the city administration to provide us with an estimate on what it’s going to cost for construction to go ahead and demolish and rebuild an entirely new comfort station pavilion at Kailua Beach Park,” said Anderson.

And he says they can’t move ahead with the construction phase until the planning and design phase is complete.

“We’ve got two years or more until a new facility is constructed,” said Anderson.

In the meantime, the City says this comfort station is on a list of locations to eventually be repaired.

“And how long will they wait?  They really need to see some of this stuff up close.  I’m just afraid this is going to land on someone’s head.  When we have so many visitors coming here, they shouldn’t be seeing this.  This is extremely dangerous for any visitors, I think,” said Barnett.

There is one other restroom facility at Kailua Beach Park, but it’s at the opposite end of the park.

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