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The End for Hawaii's Skateparks!??
April 20, 2002

For those who haven't heard, Budget Chair Ann Kobayashi is proposing drastic cuts to the City budget that will severely impact the ability to build and maintain City parks. A proposal which will put a stop on all the planned skateboard parks due to concerns about liability and costs.

So we keep asking... where's the money going? I can't even count how many times that we offered - meeting after meeting - valid solutions and contacts to hire professional design/build skatepark companies who would not only offer lower costs, but excellence in design, construction, and most of all - safety!!!

This truly is a sad day for Hawaii skateboarder's young and old. Us older one's have seen this over and over for the last 25+ years, so in a way it's not surprising. But for all the kids who were promised "more skateparks will be built" by the Mayor/City and County, is not only a major contradiction, but it will definitely leave a dramatic impact on how they view the City and County system from now on.

If you're concerned, spread the word and have as many people as possible call, write, fax, or email City Council members Darrlyn Bunda, Steve Holmes, Duke Bainum, Romy Cachola, Gary Okino, John DeSoto. Email them all at once by Clicking Here and let them know how you feel about Budget Chair Ann Kobayashi's proposed budget cuts. And while you're at it, let them know that by using competent, experienced professional skatepark builders, would not only save the City money, but it would also reduce the risks and liability of poorly designed and built skateboard parks.

Chase York: Millilani

Bronson: Millilani

City Council will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 24, 6PM at Honolulu Hale (City Hall) 3rd floor. This will be your only chance to voice your opinion.

Darrlyn Bunda - District 1
Waipio, Waikele, Village Park, Kunia, Mililani, Wahiawa, Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Kawailoa, Waimea, Pupukea, Sunset Beach-Paumalu and Waialee.
tel: (808) 547-7001
fax: (808) 523-4220
Steve Holmes - District 2
Kawela, Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Punaluu, Kahana, Kaaawa, Kualoa, Waikane, Waiahole, Kahaluu, Ahuimanu, Heeia, Kaneohe, Kawainui, Maunawili, Olomana, Pohakupu, and Kaelepulu-Enchanted Lake.
tel: (808) 547-7002
fax: (808) 523-4220
Steve Holmes Website
Duke Bainum - District 4
Waialae Nui, Waialae, Kahala, Diamond Head, Kaimuki, Maunalani, Palolo, St. Louis Heights, Kapahulu and Waikiki.
tel: (808) 547-7004
fax: (808) 523-4220
Ann Kobayashi - District 5
Manoa, Moiliili, McCully, Tantalus, Makiki, Pawaa, Ala Moana and Kewalo.
tel: (808) 547-7005
fax: (808) 523-4220
Romy Cachola - District 7
Kalihi, Moanalua, Salt Lake, Mapunapuna, Airport, Hickam, Pearl Harbor, Ford Island, Aliamanu, Foster Village, Red Hill, and a portion of Halawa.
tel: (808) 547-7007
fax: (808) 523-4220
Romy Cachola Website
Gary Okino - District 8
A portion of Halawa, Aiea, Pearlridge, Waimalu, Newtown, Waiau, Pearl City, Pacific Palisades, Crestview and Waipahu (except the area ewa of Waikele Stream, makai of Farrington Highway and mauka of H-1 Freeway).
tel: (808) 547-7008
fax: (808) 523-4220
John DeSoto - District 9
Waipahu (ewa of Waikele Stream and makai of Farrington Highway), Ewa, Ewa Beach, Puuloa, Barbers Point, Kapolei, Makakilo, Honokai Hale and Nanakai Gardens, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, Makaha, Keaau and Makua.
tel: (808) 547-7009
fax: (808) 523-4220
John DeSoto Website

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