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Ala Moana Beach Park Gets Facelift

Ala Moana Beach Park will remain closed until early Friday morning. Ala Moana Beach Park will remain closed until early Friday morning.
Trees are trimmed during the park refurbishment. Trees are trimmed during the park refurbishment.

(KHNL) - Ala Moana Beach Park was closed another day to make way for the only major spruce up in the park's history.

"It's nice to see it upgraded and maintained," says John Diehn.

The park is closed so that crews can clean up and make some improvements.

"All this time we've been getting so many complaints because of the you know the homeless taking over the park," says maintenance supervisor Marie Flores.

"We're trying to just clean up the area and make it presentable so that the people picnic here are comfortable, and not feeling like they're being threatened," says Flores.

City crews have been busy cutting overgrown trees, transporting sand on the beach, power washing structures and thoroughly cleaning and painting all comfort stations.

"We're also doing renovation to our irrigations, our lines, sprinklers that need to be replaced. They're also doing striping of the lines which we can't do when the park is open."

It's a lot of work that can hopefully be done before the park re-opens Friday.

"Hopefully the public will be appreciate our park a little bit more," says Flores.

Park goers like John are definitely grateful.

"I feel if tourism is critical to the success to the city then you should make it as appealing as possible."

Honolulu mayor Mufi Hanneman is expected to take a tour of Ala Moana Beach Park when it re-opens 6:30am Friday morning.

Cindy Paliracio

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