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HONOLULU DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION (DPR)

January 2021 – December 2023
  1. RELAUNCH THE BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION
    Created to advise the Mayor, the Honolulu City Council, and the DPR Director, regular board meetings were suspended in 2020. In 2023, DPR relaunched the Board of Parks and Recreation to better connect DPR with communities and local leaders. The new board is comprised of professionals with backgrounds and first-hand experience in youth outreach, leadership development, kupuna engagement, environmental stewardship, Hawaiian cultural advocacy, designing public spaces, recreational programming and promoting healthy lifestyles.
  2. MAKING PARKS MORE WELCOMING THROUGH “LET’S MEET AT THE PARK”
    DPR installed new and replacement benches in low-income communities around O‘ahu utilizing some $2.88 million in federal funds. This initiative resulted in 347 benches and 299 tables being placed at 61 City gardens and parks across the island.
  3. MAKING OUR FACILITIES SAFER FOR EMPLOYEES AND USERS
    DPR renovated and reopened Koko Head Shooting Complex following upgrades to the range’s backstop berm, roofs, targets, crumbling wall, fencing, signage, landscaping, and other safety features. DPR also updated operations to focus on the safety and health of shooters and staff. DPR invited the public back to the pistol and rifle ranges in April 2023, with the skeet and trap ranges reopening in November 2023.
  4. ADDRESSING DEFERRED MAINTENANCE ACROSS THE ISLAND
    DPR completed multiple projects island-wide, resulting in 13 renovated comfort stations, 12 reroofing projects, 20 resurfaced parking lots, four repaired ball field backstops, 10 refurbished gym backboards, nine fencing installation projects, renovations to the future Kahua O Waikalua dog park in Kāne‘ohe, 38 resurfaced outdoor courts at nine parks, and 11 refurbished playgrounds.
  5. ADDING NEW FACILITIES TO MEET COMMUNITY NEEDS
    DPR opened its very first pickleball complex with 12 new pickleball courts by repurposing four under-utilized tennis courts at Ke‘ehi Lagoon. DPR also constructed and opened a new off-leash dog park at Hoa Aloha Neighborhood Park in conjunction with the community and Councilmember Radiant Cordero.
  6. ENHANCING ADA ACCESS AT FOSTER BOTANICAL GARDENS
    Through a $1.27 million Community Development Block Grant project, DPR reconstructed the garden entrance with new wheelchair ramps and railings, renovated comfort station, and a new ADA-accessible community garden plot.
  7. REOPENING CLOSED FACILITIES
    DPR, in conjunction with the Department of Design and Construction, reopened swimming pools at Bill Balfour Waipahū District Park and Pearl City District Park, after being closed to the public for over six years. DPR also reopened the in-line hockey rink at Maka’unulau Community Park at the community’s request.
  8. LISTENING TO COMMUNITIES AND TAKING ACTION
    In response to neighborhood concerns, DPR conducted large tree trimming efforts in Mililani and Kaiaka Bay Beach Park, installed an automatic vehicular gate at Koko Head District Park (funded by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority to accommodate early morning tramway hikers and reduce impact on the surrounding neighborhood), renovated the comfort station at Pōka‘ī Bay and installed a sign marking the Kū‘īlioloa Heiau. DPR also held Arbor Day tree plantings at Kahuku District Park in conjunction with the neighboring elementary school and supported a long-overdue pool and recreation center at Kahuku District Park.
  9. IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
    DPR exceeded the Board of Water Supply’s request to reduce fresh water usage by 10%, recording a 15.4% reduction in water usage. DPR took on large-scale park clean-up efforts around the island, including at DeCorte Neighborhood Park, Waiale‘e Beach Park, Mauna Lahilahi Beach Park, and in Waipahū. DPR also initiated an energy efficiency effort with NORESCO, which will reduce energy usage in 49 of our City parks through LED light upgrades, more efficient use of water and electricity, and addressing backlogged maintenance. This project is 60% complete.
  10. SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES
    DPR continues to support communities through programs like Summer Fun, which serves thousands of young participants. DPR also organized large city-wide events like the Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Kapolei City Lights, Lei Day Celebration, and the Senior’s Valentine’s Dance. DPR also continues to support community-organized events like the Shinnyo Lantern floating at Ala Moana Regional Park and the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational at Waimea Bay Beach Park.
  11. LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO BETTER SERVE COMMUNITIES
    Through its Parks and Recreation Online System, DPR and DIT held online Summer Fun registration for the first time, upgraded its camping reservation system by making it more user-friendly for the public, and implemented registration for the Koko Head Shooting Complex to better manage users. DPR also launched interactive, online maps of our City parks, playgrounds, exercise equipment, beach access amenities, and ocean safety resources.
  12. MAKIKI LIBRARY – UNITED KOREAN ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY CENTER
    Assisted the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in repurposing a portion of the Makiki Library Building into a new community center servicing surrounding communities in association with the United Korean Association.