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Reed’s Bay Beach Park re-opens (April 28)

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For the second time this month, county’s Department of Parks and Recreation is reopening a popular Hilo park that has undergone extensive renovation.

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Parks and Recreation Director Bob Fitzgerald will join various dignitaries in welcoming people back to Reed’s Bay Beach Park during a public ceremony set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28.

The public is encouraged to attend the blessing ceremony. Refreshments will be served.

Closed since last August, the Banyan Drive park now features new paved walkways complete with integrated seat walls, outdoor showers, drinking fountain, picnic tables, and landscaping.

Nan Inc. completed the work under a $690,763 contract that was not increased a single dollar from the original bid. Assisting the contractor in a collaborative effort were Department of Parks and Recreation maintenance employees, who cleared the area, spread sand and performed other work in-house.

A $248,525 federal grant obtained with assistance from U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye helped to finance the improvements that culminated a six-year effort to make the park more accessible, safer and appealing.

“Please join all of us in thanking everyone who worked so hard to improve this beautiful park for all our families to enjoy,” Kenoi said.

To ensure the safety of all park users, vehicular access to the water will be restricted to boat owners actively launching or retrieving vessels authorized to be moored in the bay.

On April 12, Kenoi and the Department of Parks and Recreation reopened an improved and expanded Gilbert Carvalho Park in Hilo. The park was closed last September to undertake an $890,000 upgrade that includes remodeled gymnasium restrooms, new paved walking paths meeting federal accessibility standards, new bleachers, and off-street parking area covering nearly an acre.

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