First Photo: Disappointed children Oren Douglas (from left), 4, and cousin Angelina Hegarty, 6, of Kahului and Ashley Yoshikawa, 5, of Oahu inspect the fence keeping them out of the Kalakupua Playground at 4th Marine Division Park in Haiku on Friday afternoon. "It's sad," Ashley said. The county closed the playground Oct. 25 for safety reasons.
Second Photo: The fall surface on the ground below the playground was deteriorating to the point where the gravel was showing and the wood structure was splitting and rotting, said Glenn Correa, director of the Department of Parks and Recreation on Friday. He said the structure will have to be replaced with an the estimated cost of $600,000. The decision on whether to spend this much money will have to be brought before the County Council, Correa said.
The Maui News MATTHEW THAYER photo