City unveils upgraded playground in Salt Lake

(Via KHON)

Children in Salt Lake have a new-and-improved place to play.

The city recently gave the playground at Salt Lake District Park a makeover.

It’s part of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s initiative to refurbish 16 playgrounds and 24 restrooms around Oahu within the next year.

“Salt Lake District Park is one of the jewels of our park system. It’s a huge park right in the middle of the city and very well utilized by the community around it, so it’s a really very wonderful day here for us,” said Honolulu City Council member Joey Manahan.

The Department of Parks and Recreation said the refurbished process is much faster and less expensive than a full replacement.

“Unless we need to replace the entire equipment or everything, we will refurbish them because it cost less and… the kids are able to get on the equipment a lot faster,” said Michele Nekota, director, Department of Parks and Recreation.

It took a month for the playground to be refurbished at a cost of $160,000.

Normally, officials say, it would take about two years at double the price.

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