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Playground at Lincoln Park in Hilo closes for repairs

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation announces the closure of portions of Lincoln Park in downtown Hilo.

Several holes have developed in the rubberized surface of the Dr. Ruth E. Oda Playground located within the park, Deputy Director Clayton Honma said in announcing the temporary closure to undertake emergency repairs.

Parks maintenance staff has performed inspections that determined the fall zones in certain areas of the playground are unsafe due to the weakened surface.

Corrective actions started Thursday morning (March 15) with maintenance staff cordoning off the affected area. The department plans to have its workers undergo specialized training so they will be able to perform the technical repairs in-house instead of a private contractor being hired at taxpayers’ expense.

While parts of the playground must remain closed for the foreseeable future, the staff training and the repair work will be completed as soon as possible. In the meantime, parents are encouraged to bring their children to the playground at nearby Keikiland, one at Hilo’s Mohouli Park or visit the new playground at the free Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens.

The other areas of Lincoln Park remain open for park users, including keiki swing sets and a pull-up bar. Located along Kinoole Street, the park also features pavilions, bathrooms, picnic tables and a grassy area.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105.

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