Ulu Wini housing complex playground opens

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A new outdoor playground at the Ulu Wini housing complex in Kailua-Kona is now open.

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A new outdoor playground at the Ulu Wini housing complex in Kailua-Kona is now open.

HOPE Services Hawaii joined residents of Na Kahua Hale O Ulu Wini (The Homes at Ulu Wini) to inaugurate the new playground on March 23. The $180,000 state-of-the-art Miracle Mega Tower was made possible through a contribution from the Roberts Foundation and is a first not only for Ulu Wini, but also the first play structure of its kind in Hawaii.

“This is a valuable recreation area for Ulu Wini residents and keiki,” said Brandee Menino, Chief Executive Officer of HOPE Services Hawaii. “We are so thankful to the Roberts Foundation; the playground provides an opportunity for families to socialize and children to exercise outdoors in beautiful Kailua-Kona.”

The 62-foot by 52-foot Mega Tower features four brightly-colored play structures including a heptagon double decker tower and water fountain, spiral and wave slides, a fish bridge, play panels and climbing apparatus including stairs, risers, ladders and a fossil bluff climbing wall. The play structures, with the exception of the water fountain, are covered with recycled steel roofing or commercial grade fabric umbrellas.

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Last month, NyLawn began construction of the Mega Tower playground with assistance from Ulu Wini residents; volunteers from Lake Mead Christian Academy helped prep the turf area.

The Homes at Ulu Wini, built in 2011 by the County of Hawaii’s Office of Housing & Community Development and operated by HOPE Services, provides 96 two-bedroom units — 24 transitional housing for homeless families, 71 affordable housing dedicated to low-income families and one unit for the resident manager.

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