Mayor signed a bill allowing public to raise their own money to make their park improvement ideas come to life
"Sometimes we make government too hard for the people," Kymberly Pine, City Council member said. Not anymore, in some cases.
HONOLULU - A piece of city land off of Royal Hawaiian Avenue and Aloha Drive in Waikiki could soon be a park.
Paid for by people who want it.
"Sometimes we make government too hard for the people," Kymberly Pine, City Council member said.
Not anymore, in some cases.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill into law allowing the public to raise their own money and pay for their own park improvement ideas to come to life.
"We are going to get rid of all the red tape that says you can't do this and you can't do that you cant be part of giving to the city and taxpayers who've had enough of giving from themselves," Pine said.
Centennial Park appears to be one of the first in store for a facelift.
The Rotary Club of Honolulu raised more than $30,000 in a single day when their plan to create a park hit the newspaper.
The club now has $140,000 banked and hopes to break ground in June.
"This island is going to change because of this. Non profits are going to be inspired to do a lot more than they thought they could ever do," Linda Coble, Rotary Club of Honolulu said.
According to the city, another group is raising money to sponsor a state of the art playground on the Diamond Head side of Ala Moana Park.
Nanakuli resident Demont Conner says he knows people who'd like to sponsor Kalaniana'ole Beach Park and the Wai'anae Gym.
"This bill is going a long way to allow us to take stewardship of our land," Conner said.
Mayor Caldwell says other parks across the country follow similar procedures.
He says the new law isn't limited to parks but can also extend to programs, city equipment and other property as well.
"If someone wants to help fund something that otherwise the taxpayers would have to, they'd get a plaque and recognized for their contribution," Caldwell said.
Those who want to participate can call the City's Department of Parks and Recreation.