Lions Park develeopment takes shape
Updated: Sep 28, 2022
By: Tosimae'a Typua
KVZK News spoke to families at Lions park today have described the improvements to the Territory’s Lions park as a “dream come true” as the work looks set to be completed before October.
Teuila who lives across from the park said it is a dream come true to see the development at Lions park take place because for a long time the facilities were deteriorating. “We have been lobbying for many years for the park to be restored. It is a wonderful green space that is used by the community whether it is children playing, dog walkers, or people enjoying a picnic”, said Teulla.
Since reports surfaced about the Government's plans to redevelop Lions park, some residents were concerned about its environmental impact given the park's close proximity to the mangroves of Nu'uuli.
“We are all very grateful for the efforts of the Department of Parks and Recreation over many years to maintain and improve the park but it has been in need of major capital investment for a long time. It is so nice to see their vision for the park being finally achieved.”said Teuila.
The new walking track behind the newly built fale samoa gives members of the public space to walk or even cycle to the other end of the park without having to go on the main road. The three brand new state of the art restrooms with disable access can be easily accessed from the main road. There is also a basketball court that is still under construction
Director of Parks and Recreation, Ken Tupua told KVZK News this week, the park is a safe place where people can recuperate and regenerate, where they can emerge from their dwellings and work places to sit, stroll or lie in an outdoor public realm.
Tupua hopes the park will offer temporary additional territory for individuals. He also said barbecuing is a popular activity in the Territory for families to enjoy the pleasant weather and share a meal.
The park will have outdoor grilling
facilities and members of the public are asked to grill or cook food only in designated areas. Tupua also calls on the public to adhere to COVID-19 precautionary measures, including maintaining adequate social distance.