The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation reports that a sink in the men’s comfort station at Fern Community Park in Kalihi was vandalized between the hours of 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.
Park personnel were alerted to the vandalism by a resident who entered the comfort station and witnessed the damage.
The sink was broken from its foundation and shattered into pieces, leaving all pipes and plumbing exposed.
The men’s comfort station has been closed and a police report was filed.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Honolulu Police Department.
It’s the same story we’ve told over and over again. Bathroom fixtures in pieces on the floor at a city park.
Branden Agbunag coaches youth football at Fern Community park, and sometimes has dozens of kids that depend on the comfort station being open and operational, “I guess some guys don’t know what right and wrong is just come here and just vandalize things.”
Fern Community Park in Kalihi is at least the fourth city park that has been vandalized this year. It joins Kaiaka beach park, Ke’ehi Lagoon and Ala Moana beach park in an ever expanding list of comfort stations that the city will have to piece back together. This was the mayor talking about the vandalism just a couple of months ago. “I’m outraged. I’m beyond upset. I think the community should be outraged, too.”
The Parks and Recreation Department says the cost to fix all the damaged comfort stations can range from $100,000 to over $500,000. And aside from the cost to taxpayers, it can leave people like Agbunag, park users with no where to use the restroom. “It’s very important because at some points we can have over 30 kids here and there’s no bathrooms here. If there’s no bathrooms here there’s no place for the kids to go.”