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Part of Thomas Square to reopen following million-dollar maintenance project

The City and County of Honolulu has wrapped the first phase of renovations at Thomas Square Park.

On Tuesday, crews removed the barriers that have surrounded the park since last December.

A portion of the 6.5-acre park is scheduled to officially reopen by Wednesday, Oct. 4, barring an unforeseen delays.

Hawaii's oldest park received $1.2 million worth of renovations and maintenance work, which included removing the mock orange hedge, grading work, installing a new irrigation system, pruning the banyan trees, getting rid of the unhealthy trees, and replacing the grass.

Residents who walk by the park regularly were pleased with the results.

"The grass looks greener. I miss the tree over there," said Derwin Macabio. "I'm glad they kept the banyan trees."

"It looks very nice so far, as long as it stays safe," said Ryan Fong.

A section of the park, along S. King Street toward the fountain at the park's center, will remain closed to the public as the city enters a second phase of renovations (see map below).

That work will include new walkways, a statue of Kamehemeha III, and a flagpole that will fly the Hawaiian flag.

According to the city, phase two will cost an additional $1.2 million, not including the actual statue and its base, which is funded by the Commission on Culture and the Arts.

The city hopes to have the work done by the summer of 2018.

Thomas Square Park was established in 1843 and named after Admiral Thomas by King Kamehameha III.

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