Windy Conditions Prompt Park Closure

28 02 2018

The strong winds today have resulted in fallen trees around the island and the closure of a Department of Parks and Recreation facility.

A large portion of an opiuma tree fell at Kaiaka Bay Beach Park near the soccer field. The fallen segment is not obstructing any other passageways or park facilities. At Kapiolani Park, two kiawe trees fell near the Diamond Head tennis courts, one of which fell onto a light pole. In all three situations no injuries to people were reported.

Additionally, Wahiawa Botanical Garden is closed today, 2/28/18, due to strong winds creating hazardous conditions.

Currently there are no reports of damage associated with the strong winds, but on-site botanical garden staff reported increasing wind speeds throughout the morning.

Staff will reassess the conditions tomorrow morning to determine whether it is safe to reopen.

The 27-acre Wahiawā Botanical Garden is normally open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Division of Urban Forestry crews are also addressing two fallen Ironwood trees at Kailua Beach Park.





Traffic Alert for Sunset Beach Tomorrow February 15

14 02 2018
Sunset Beach Date Palm Trees

Date Palm Trees at Sunset Beach -Photo Courtesy of the City and County of Honolulu

The City and County of Honolulu will be conducting an emergency removal of seven Date palm trees fronting Sunset Beach Park on Oahu’s North Shore, which will require the closure of the makai lane of Kamehameha Highway for most of the day tomorrow, Thursday, February 15, 2018.

The lane closure is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between Ke Nui Road and Hoalua Street on Kamehameha Highway.

Tree removal crews with the Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Urban Forestry (DUF) will be working with the Honolulu Police Department to help contra flow traffic around the lane closure. This single-lane closure is expected to have a significant impact to traffic along this corridor.

The decision for the emergency removal of the trees was made by the Certified Arborists at DUF after they determined the continual undermining of the palm trees by erosion made them a hazard to the general public and motorists. Despite the palm trees being located on the makai-side of Kamehameha Highway, compromised palm trees can fall in any direction once there are structurally unsound.

DUF crews plan on removing the top and middle portions of the palms, leaving about four feet of the tree trunks and roots in the ground. This is so the roots of the tree can further help to reduce the impact of the beach erosion, while immediately reducing the potential danger to the public.

Beach erosion at Sunset Beach Park became more severe during the beginning of this winter surf season, when researchers described the large 20-foot drop-off at the beach park as “unprecedented.” In December 2017 several measures were taken to immediately mitigate the erosion damage and protect public facilities. That included removing the Ocean Safety storage shed, relocating the lifeguard stand, relocating the bicycle path, and restricting parking and pedestrian traffic along the eroded areas.

Since that time, some of the sand that was washed away by a series of large northeast swells has returned, but a significant drop-off still remains.

The city, state partners, and researchers are continuing to monitor the situation and take necessary action to keep the public safe. Most recently, staff with the Department of Facility Maintenance removed additional debris from the former bike path on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

The City and County of Honolulu appreciates the community’s understanding as these measures are being done to ensure public safety.





New Park Rules for the Sale or Distribution of Expressive Materials

13 10 2017

As of September 8, 2017, the Department of Parks and Recreation has adopted new rules and repealed the prior “Rules and Regulations Governing the Sale of Message-bearing Merchandise by Nonprofit Organizations in City Parks and Facilities.”

The new rules under Honolulu Administrative Rules Title 19, Chapter 18 entitled “Sale or Distribution of Expressive Materials” is now in effect at city parks.

Under the new rules, expressive materials are permitted for sale and distribution. Expressive materials are defined as any written or printed material containing political, religious, philosophical or ideological messages. This includes, but is not limited to: books, pamphlets, handbills, cards, circulars, pictures, magazines, and leaflets. 

Another change to the rules is that sale of items defined as merchandise is prohibited. The items include, but are not limited to: food, drink, coffee mugs, beverage containers, sunglasses, flags, records, patches, maps, jewelry, handicraft, decals, audio or video tapes, shirts, hats, ties, shorts, footwear or any other clothing article.

Sales permits approved under the old rules for the month of September 2017, prior to the implementation of the new rules, will be honored. 

Other rules for permitted sales within parks, such as those outlined by temporary concession permits and designated concessionaire agreements, are not affected by these new rules as they do not apply to the sale and distribution of expressive materials in conjunction with a First Amendment activity.

Also under the new rules, a permit is necessary for use of a portable table, within a designated area, for the purposes of selling or distributing expressive materials. No other structure, equipment or park surface such as chairs, display mats, shelving, umbrellas, tents, canopies, podiums or platforms can be used to sell or distribute expressive materials on park land.

The designated areas are located where there will be minimal impact to other park functions and facilities. The portable tables and all materials must be removed from the site each day and nothing can be stored at the park location. Permit applications for these activities will not be accepted more than a year before the proposed request date and cannot be used for a period lasting longer than 14 days.

The Department of Parks and Recreation reserves the right to seize and dispose of any merchandise being sold or distributed on park land in violation of these rules.

The new rules are available online at parks.honolulu.gov in the “Rules & Regulations” section.

 





Summer Fun Registration Begins

3 05 2017

 

Image Courtesy of the Department of Parks and Recreation

Registration for the city’s Summer Fun program begins this Saturday morning, May 6, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon, for programs in park districts 3 & 4, which includes Pearl City to Kapolei, Leeward and Windward coasts, Central Oahu, and the North Shore. There will be two additional days of registration for park districts 3 & 4 on May 8th and 9th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration for park districts 1 & 2 – Hawaii Kai to Aiea will begin on May 13, 9 a.m. – noon and continue on May 15th and 16th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration is held in person at the site of the particular Summer Fun Program. A list of those 62 sites, along with contact information, can be found on the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation’s website or by clicking here.

Enrollment is conducted on a first come first serve basis as space is limited and spots can fill up quickly. Registration continues until all spots are filled. There is a $25 registration fee (waived for eligible families receiving financial assistance) and an activity fee, which varies from site-to-site depending on the number of excursions and activities. The activity fee cannot exceed $75.  All fees are due at the time of registration. Cash and checks made payable to “City and County of Honolulu” are acceptable forms of payment.

Summer Fun is much like a day camp, as the children enjoy a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, sports and games, excursions, special events, Hawaiiana and much more. It is the largest program of its kind in the state, serving some 10,000 school age children and teens each year. The 2017 program runs Monday through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for approximately seven weeks from June 7, 2017 to July 21, 2017. This excludes Federal and State holidays.

Additionally, select Summer Fun Programs offer Summer Plus, which provides activities for the enrolled keiki before and after the regular program hours. This extracurricular program is offered at an additional cost.

The Summer Fun Program is open to children who have finished Kindergarten but not entered 7th grade. In conjunction with the keiki Summer Fun Program, the Department of Parks and Recreation offers a teen program for young people in intermediate and high school.

Applications for employment in both the keiki and teen programs are still being accepted. For more information on those opportunities and the programs themselves, please visit parks.honolulu.gov.

The Summer Fun Program on Oahu began in 1944 with 26 sites in response to a community need for positive keiki engagement during WWII.





Free Troops for Fitness Recreation Festival

10 11 2014

The Coca-Cola Foundation, the National Recreation and Park Association and the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Parks and Recreation are bringing Troops for Fitness to Honolulu. The Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program employs our nation’s veterans as wellness instructors to create opportunities in communities to expand fitness and health programs through the local parks and recreation agencies.

Honolulu is one of the twelve cities selected that will contribute to the development of a guide for other communities to adopt similar health and wellness initiatives. The Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program is hoping to engage 200 veterans across the 12 communities with this program.

The kick-off event for Troops for Fitness is on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Salt Lake District Park from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and all ages are welcome.

 

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