Improvements coming to dozens of playgrounds, parks by year’s end

Pohakupu Mini Park

At Pohakupu Mini Park in Kailua, a small crew is working hard so children can play harder.

“This is progress. We’re putting in a new playground every week for the next 15 weeks and they’re scheduling a bunch more playgrounds for next year,” said Troy Vickery of Goto Construction.

The company has been contracted by the city to refurbish 15 playgrounds across Oahu, and they’re hoping to bring a new one online every week.

The playgrounds are made with modular stainless steel components that are durable and guaranteed for 20 years.

“It’s designed for kids to climb on, pull up their bodies because Americans lost their upper body strength. That’s the whole concept behind this product,” Vickery explained.

Below each new playground lies the latest and greatest padding.

“Hawaii has the most stringent testing for drop standards there is and this product is definitely passing that mark,” Vickery said.

It’s not only durable, but good for the environment, because it’s made from old tires that would otherwise wind up in a dump or worse.

“They grind up tires, recycle them, get all the metal out of them, wash it thoroughly and put new glue products in it and put it back together again,” Vickery said.

Mailinh Frasearelli says her twin boys are “really excited.” The double dose of high energy, along with mom, have been patiently monitoring the progress.

“The old playground set really needed a lot of repair and they took it down and they’re building something really great for the kids to play on,” Frasearelli said.

Pohakupu Mini Park is the third on this team’s list after the completion of Palolo Valley and Kalaheo parks, and hopefully coming soon to a park near you.

Vickery says seeing their smiles is the ultimate compensation.

“Jake (a member of my team) gets a little teary-eyed when people come up and say, ‘Can we play? Can we play? Can we play yet?’ And that’s definitely a reward for us,” he said.

“It’s a great park. It would be used more if we had facilities that were safe for the children, so I’m super excited that something’s coming up,” said Frasearelli.

Click here for the city’s ongoing park plans and updates.

The following is a schedule provided by the contractor:

1. Palolo Valley District Park (District 1)
2007 Palolo Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816, TMK: 3-4-06:003 / 3-4-07:003, 010 & 013
Completed: September 18, 2015

2. Kalaheo Neighborhood Park (District 4)
455 Kaipiha Street
Kailua, HI 96734, TMK: 4-3-077:048
Completed: September 25, 2015

3. Pohakupu Mini Park (District 4)
1329 Kailua Road
Kailua, HI 96734, TMK: 4-2-031:016
Estimated completion: October 2, 2015

4. Enchanted Lake Community Park (District 4)
770 Keolu Drive
Kailua, Hawaii 96734, TMK: 4-2-002:037
Estimated completion: October 9, 2015

5. Maili Community Park (District 3)
87-360 Kulaaupuni Street
Waianae, HI 96792, TMK: 8-7-004:042
Estimated completion: October 16, 2015

6. Waipahu Uka Park (District 3)
94-891 Hiapo Street
Waipahu, HI 96797, TMK: 9-4-002:035
Estimated completion: October 23, 2015

7. Pupuole Street Mini Park (District 3)
94-336 Pupuole Street
Waipahu, HI 96797, TMK: 9-4-101:029
Estimated completion: October 30, 2015

8. Lehua Community Park (District 3)
781 Lehua Avenue
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782, TMK: 9-7-017:002
Estimated completion: November 6, 2015

9. Aweoweo Beach Park (District 4)
68-197 Au Street
Waialua, Hawaii 96791, TMK: 6-8-011: 037 & 038, 6-8-012:083 & 054
Estimated completion: November 13, 2015

10. Wahiawa District Park (District 3)
1139 Kilani Avenue
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786, TMK: 7-4-008:002, 005, & 009 & 7-4-017:003
Estimated completion: November 20, 2015

11. Hoaeae Community Park (District 3)
94-709 Kaaholo Street
Waipahu, HI 96797, TMK: 9-4-107:099
Estimated completion: November 27, 2015

12. Koko Head Neighborhood Park (District 1)
435 Poipu Drive
Honolulu, HI 96825, TMK: 3-9-022:037
Estimated completion: December 4, 2015

13. Kalihi Valley District Park (District 2)
1911 Kamehameha IV Road
Honolulu, HI 96819, TMK: 1-3-024:002 & 003
Estimated completion: December 11, 2015

14. Nuuanu Valley Park (District 2)
2925 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96817, TMK: 2-2-034:028
Estimated completion: December 21, 2015

15. Kanewai Community Park (District 1)
Estimated completion: December 30, 2015

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