Division of Parks and Recreation director Eli Cabrera explained that the only private use of pavilions and other facilities under his agency will be charged. He made the clarification after public uproar erupted when they implemented Public Law 11-106.
PL 11-106 created the division in 1999 as one of the Department of Lands and Natural Resources’ attached agencies. It detailed the division’s function in the upkeep of all pavilions, public parks, and other recreational facilities in the CNMI.
Cabrera told Saipan Tribune said that their implementation was a bit controversial as many people did not fully understand the contents of the guidelines they imposed. “There was a lot of confusion, that’s why I stated on the public notice that they call our office for any clarification and other information.”
Reservation should be made with the DPR office if you want to use the pavilions for a private function at the beach. “It can be birthdays, anniversaries or just any kind of private function. We’re going to post a sign that the pavilion is reserved for a private activity so no one can use it anymore.”
Tents that are 16-feet by 16-feet and larger in size will also have a fee if portable toilets are used. Pop-up tents are free of cost.
“If it is only for weekend barbecue at the beach, anyone can use it for free. As long as you’re the first to arrive and keep it clean. We ask everyone to take their trash, and help keep the pavilions and its surroundings clean,” said Cabrera.
He said the money collected would also help their operations while also funding the maintenance and repairs of all facilities under DPR. The Commonwealth Parks and Recreation Fund is a separate special account under the CNMI government.
The other fees, for private functions and activities, vary in the area and everyone is encouraged to call DPR’s office.
“Just call us for more clarification and other information or if you want to make a reservation or just inquiring. We’re more than happy to explain everything,” added Cabrerra.
The Gov. Eloy S. Inos Peace Park was also turned over to DPR last week and Cabrera said they could also arrange the facility for private functions. “There’s also a fee if you want to use it for a private party.”
“If you’re going to put up balloons, banners, flowers or just any type of decorations, you should come to us since it already has a corresponding fee. Again, if you just want to spend your time with the family and have a picnic here [Inos Peace Park] then this is open to everybody.”
He again reminded tents and tables rental companies to call DPR before setting up their equipment at the beach, pavilion, and any public facility under their jurisdiction. The regulations that DPR had implemented are based on the mandate of PL 11-106.
MD: Parks and Recreation director says only private functions will be charged.