Starting this weekend, more than a dozen parks in Leeward, Ewa, and Central Oahu, will be secured and monitored overnight.

Patrol services begin Sept. 1 at 16 parks: Maili Beach Park, Waianae District Park, Kahe Point Beach Park, Kapolei Regional Park, Kahiwelo Neighborhood Park, Kapolei Community Park, Ewa Mahiko District Park, Ewa Beach Community Park, Melemanu Neighborhood Park, Kipapa Neighborhood Park, Mililani Waena Neighborhood Park, Waikele Community Park, Waipahu District Park, Manana Community Park, Neal S. Blaisdell Park, and Pearl Ridge Community Park.

This is an expansion of a three-month pilot project aimed at securing closed park facilities, comfort stations, and parking lots in urban Honolulu. The project was so successful, the city extended it to a year-long contract.

“Our successful pilot project for 25 parks from the Kaiwi Coast to Aiea proved extremely successful in preventing costly vandalism, and we expect to duplicate this result along the Leeward Coast,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “In the long-run we believe this program will save taxpayers’ money while protecting our parks for everyone. What is also needed is a broader discussion on how we change the current culture so the public places we all enjoy are not damaged or destroyed senselessly.”

The nearly $57,000 contract with American Guard Services ends in April 2019.

A similar contract for parks along the windward coast and North Shore is expected soon.