It's been a long wait, but the Ewa Mahiko Park Complex is finally open

Published  5:17 PM HST Mar 09, 2013
EWA BEACH, Hawaii -

It's been a long wait, but  the Ewa Mahiko District Park Complex is now open to the public. The multimillion dollar facility went through a lot of bumps and hurdles.

Twelve-year-old Ashley Gooman waited a long time to run down the basketball court. Her mom said she's had to play outside for years.

"They were waiting for a while, we could see it getting built on our way home," said Ashley's mother Brooke Gooman.

Community leaders said the complex was needed and long overdue. It was supposed to open its doors in 2011, but there were construction problems.

"The biggest concern that the administration has was, the flooring at the time was uneven and so that was something that needed to be fixed," said Kymberly Pine, District 1 councilwoman.

"They felt that there were certain areas that needed railings to prevent injuries from happening along certain walkways," said Ron Menor District 9 councilman.

Those delayed the open until now, and residents have been frustrated.

"A couple of years ago we had a lot of people who wanted to have answers and hold the contractor accountable," said Kevin Rathbun with the neighborhood board.

"The next nearest facility would be Waipahu gym, so you can tell the difference between the Ewa area and going to a gym in the Waipahu area," said Toni Robinson with the Department of Parks and Recreation.

But for now the residents said they are just happy it's finally open. The facility also has multipurpose rooms and four tennis courts.

Neighborhood board member said they are also pushing to get a pool and dog park at the facility, but they still need to find funding for them.

The gym's projected cost was $8.3 million, but the city has yet to tell KITV how much money it's spent so far.

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