After complaints about homeless issues, 3 Oahu parks to close for repairs

After complaints about homeless issues, 3 Oahu parks to close for repairs

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - City officials in Honolulu on Friday announced the temporary closures of three parks in urban Honolulu that have been plagued by homeless-related issues in recent months.

The Old Stadium Park, Moiliili Community Park and Crane Community Park will shut down for two months beginning on September 5 for what the city is calling a 'variety' of maintenance projects. The repairs will include tree trimming, fixes to irrigation systems, and makeovers to restrooms and comfort stations.

In a news release, the city said that outreach workers are providing services to homeless people in the parks ahead of the scheduled closures. The parks are scheduled to reopen on November 5.

Earlier this month, Hawaii News Now reported that residents who lived near the Old Stadium Park said it had turned into a haven for ilegal drug use.

"The city does not provide adequate supervision of the park," said Mamu, an area resident who asked that we not publish his last name.

At least 84 people have been arrested in the park since the start of 2018, and more than 300 citations had been issued to park users during that stretch — the majority of them for being in the park after hours.

This story will be updated.

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