- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is planning to spruce up an 81-year-old popular beach park after months of community input.

Caldwell announced Wednesday that Ala Moana Beach Park will be getting a playground, more staff, an irrigation system and more, KITV-TV reported (http://bit.ly/1CIWdOa ).

“We know we need more people to make sure that the love is given to this park that is deserved, so, we’re going to be hiring more staff,” Caldwell said.

Work will start in August and is scheduled to be completed in February. The renovations will cost $637,000.

Caldwell solicited input from the community about what the park needed. High on the list was safety in the park at night, which the mayor says may be addressed with private security patrols.

“We’re looking at perhaps getting a private security company to come and patrol and just issue warnings or call police if they’re trespassing and the park is closed,” Caldwell said.

Other planned changes include a renovated bathroom, an improved path and work to fix beaches that are too rocky.

“When you see a lot of the cracks from the trees and all the overgrowth from the roots, it makes it look kind of uneven and unsafe,” Caldwell said. “When they fix the path, I bet more people have the same idea and start coming and be more outdoor.”

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Information from: KITV-TV, http://www.kitv.com/index.html

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