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North Shore residents want parks privatized to maintain filthy beach bathrooms

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NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Some North Shore Oahu residents are fed up with filthy beach park bathrooms.

They say the city isn't doing its job so they want someone else to do it for them.

"I don't think this is what we want here on the north shore to show our tourists and our families who live here," said North Shore resident Jack Reid.

Reid is talking about the Haleiwa Beach Park bathroom where a toilet doesn’t work, some doors won't lock, and the floors are rusted.

"The sinks were kinda dirty and the floor was dirty and it smelled kinda funky," said beachgoer Catherine Bartlett.

The director for the city's Department of Parks and Recreation says the stains have probably been there for more than 30 years, but they do have plans to fix it up in the near future.

"What we use right now is a microguarding process which actually cleans it out and takes away the smell and basically puts a sealant on it so that it looks pretty much brand new again and then we also, when we refurbish it, we replace the fixtures like the sinks, the toilets, the urinals," said Michele Nekota.

For instance, Alii Beach Park has been microguarded and Nekota says there is an obvious difference. Reid says the Triple Crown raised $16,000 in order to get that done.

"Haleiwa Beach Park hasn't been microguarded yet. That's one of those that we're looking at for the future...because we're actually microguarding throughout the island 24 of them, 24 throughout the next year and 16 play apparatus we're renovating and refurbishing them,” Nekota said.

Reid says North Shore residents are tired of the neglect. So they want the city out and someone else in charge of upkeep.

"One of the solutions we discussed this morning with a group of us it privatization of our parks," he said.

"If we privatize one park and show them what can be done and how clean it can be and how nice it can be…the mowing can be done by a private company, the cleaning can be done by a private company," Reid said.

Nekota says privatization of the parks isn't realistic. She says one of the reasons why it’s so difficult to maintain is because of short staffing.

In February of this year Hawaii News Now counted 52 vacant positions in the Department of Parks and Recreation. Thirty-five of those positions were for grounds keepers.

Nekota says most of those positions have been filled but it's always changing.

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