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<br /> <br />Wil Okabe <br /> <br />Managing Director <br /> <br /> <br />Harry Kim <br />Mayor <br /> <br />Barbara J. Kossow <br /> Deputy Managing Director <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i <br />Office of the Mayor <br />25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2603  Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720  (808) 961-8211  Fax (808) 961-6553 <br />KONA: 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Bldg. C  Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740 <br />(808) 323-4444  Fax (808) 323-4440 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />April 3, 2017 <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br /> <br /> <br />County Parks and Recreation Postpones Old Airport Park Clean-up <br /> <br /> <br />As requested by the Administration, the Department of Parks and Recreation is <br />postponing its planned clean-up operation at Old Airport Park in Kona, while the County <br />seeks an alternative site for homeless people camping at the facility. <br /> <br />The clean-up had been scheduled for Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20, and <br />the park was to be closed during the operation. <br /> <br />The homeless people camping at the park would have been asked to leave prior to and <br />during the park closure and clean up, but if an alternative site were not provided, they <br />may have returned after the park clean up and reopening. <br /> <br />“We are postponing the clean-up while the County is seeking a properly-prepared <br />alternative site for the people to go,” said Parks and Recreation Director Charmaine <br />Kamaka. <br /> <br />According to Assistant Housing Administrator, Lance Niimi, a tentatively-selected site <br />met with some problems, so alternative sites are being pursued. <br /> <br />The park clean-up date will be announced once the alternative site for the homeless is <br />designated. <br /> <br />“It is hoped that the new clean up date will be within the next month,” Kamaka said. <br /> <br />For further information, please contact Charmaine Kamaka at 961-8311 or email at <br />Charmaine.kamaka@hawaiicounty.gov . <br /> <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. <br />