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Ask The Mayor: Are There any Plans to Maintain, Repair, Improvement Keōpūolani Skate Park?

February 16, 2015, 11:54 AM HST
* Updated February 23, 10:59 AM
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Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Keōpūolani Skate Park. Photo courtesy County of Maui.

Keōpūolani Skate Park. Photo courtesy County of Maui.

Dear Mayor Arakawa:

Q: Are there any plans to maintain, repair, and/or make improvements to the Keōpūolani skate park? My son recently started skateboarding and I have been taking him to the various skate parks on Maui. All the skate parks seem to be well used by the community, which is great. Keōpūolani skate park is in bad shape compared to the other skate parks on the island, yet it is the closest to our house so we usually go there. One suggestion is to rebuild the large wood half-pipe into a smaller version as very few of the skateboarders ride the current half-pipe due to its imposing size.

A: I’m glad to report that our Parks department has already been planning to restore the Keōpūolani skate park, and is evaluating the possibility of reducing the size of the existing half-pipe so more riders can utilize it. Using funds on-hand, parks staff have made plans to redo damaged fencing, paint the skate park, and add benches and trash receptacles. As soon as all the supplies are ready, work on the skate facility will be scheduled with closures affecting one side at a time. It’s estimated that work can begin in about two months.

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Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email to [email protected], by phone at 270-7855 or mail to 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawai‘i 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.

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