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Waipahū’s first off-leash dog park expected by fall 2020
Fenced area to be located at the makai-end of Patsy T. Mink Central O‘ahu Regional Park

WAIPAHŪ – A groundbreaking ceremony held today helped mark the site of where the first off-leash city dog park in Waipahū will be built.
Located on the makai-end of the Patsy T. Mink Central O‘ahu Regional Park, where Pāiwa Street ends, the nearly 12,800 square foot dog park will include the following:
An area for large and an area for small dogs surrounded by a four-foot tall chain link fence
Separate entrance gates
Irrigation
Potable water line feeding two drinking fountains
ADA access into the park.
The unique design of the dog park calls for the small dog park to be placed inside the large dog park, with both areas taking the parallelogram-like shape that follows the contour of the nearby roadway.
“As we look at different ways to enhance our parks, we can’t forget about our canine ‘ohana,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “I am also encouraged that we continue to upgrade the recreational opportunities, not just in the urban core, but for communities around the island. It is something we have done with programs like the Kākou for Parks initiative, and it will continue with these new dog parks. At the end of the day it is about people gathering in our parks to celebrate the great outdoors, and more importantly, each other, in this case around their dogs.”
The nearly $636,000 contract for construction of the new dog park was awarded to Artech Construction Group Inc. The project is scheduled to begin in the end of January and be finished in fall 2020.
The ground breaking event was broadcast live over Mayor Caldwell’s Facebook page, and can be accessed by following this link: http://bit.ly/2QUs9KH
Support for this project came from multiple community groups, boards, and funding secured by Honolulu City Council Chair Emeritus Ron Menor.
“This dog park is an important addition to our community and I’m glad it’s finally being constructed for the many dog owners who reside in Waikele and Central O‘ahu,” said Chair Emeritus Menor. “I initiated the funding at the request of my constituents and I’m sure this dog park will be well-utilized and will greatly enhance the Patsy T. Mink Central O‘ahu Regional Park. Today’s ground breaking is a superb example of a good idea, generated from the community, and government making that idea become reality.”
Currently, there are six off-leash dog parks operated by the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). For more information about DPR’s on and off-leash dog parks, please visit our website by clicking here.
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