The Rotary Club of Saipan’s Rotary Healthy Living Family Park project is progressing smoothly, according to the civic organization’s community services director Dennis Yoshimoto during last week’s meeting of the local Rotary Club at the Hyatt Regency Saipan.
“It’s a long name but it has a long history. Right now we’re at the design phase and we’re looking at various concepts. We’re leaning toward use of natural materials rather than shipping materials from off island,” he said when asked by Rotary Club president Laila Y. Boyer to provide an update on the club’s $60,000 community project.
Yoshimoto said once completed it will be a good place for community members—especially those living in Kagman—to exercise as well as socialize with family and friends.
“I want to encourage families to live healthy and exercise outdoors.”
The Rotary Club broke ground on the Rotary Healthy Living Family Park project early last November in the presence of Rotary district governor Isako Funaki and other dignitaries from Japan.
Sadly, not even a month after the groundbreaking, the daok tree seedling the club planted to sort of commemorate the building of the park was stolen.
Daok trees are abundant on the island and are known for their shading capability—the main reason the club chose to plant the seedling on the site.
The tree specie’s wood is also hard and is of excellent quality and is used to make boats, timber, carabao carts, and large canoes. Its leaves can also be soaked in water and used as a remedy for sore eyes and is also good for the skin as a moisturizer.