County decades behind on ADA compliance at parks

  • Richardson Ocean Park is on the list for ADA compliance. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation is proposing accessibility and other improvements for Milolii Beach Park in South Kona. (Photo from Draft EA/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Almost a quarter-century after Big Island resident Alexa Russell sued Hawaii County to enforce Americans With Disabilities Act mandates in county parks, only six of the 16 facilities the county agreed to upgrade have been done, and the County Council will be asked to float $25.5 million in bonds to pay for the rest.