Government officials strongly urge the youth of Kagman to use but respect the new Kagman Community Park.
The Rotary Club of Saipan held a grand unveiling of the park yesterday morning, with Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog, Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, and Rep. Joseph Lee Pan Guerrero (R-Saipan) all urging that the community park be used with respect so that its life will be prolonged for future generations.
Apatang said the park is truly a great project because Kagman is a huge precinct and its youth population deserves a place where they can be active and safe.
Apatang thanked the Rotary Club for their efforts in creating the park and giving the youth of Kagman the opportunity to be active and away from the lure of illegal drugs.
Hocog also shared his appreciation to the Rotary Club for accomplishing Phase 1 of the park project and urged students not to vandalize it, similar to how the newly renovated Koblerville basketball court has been vandalized.
Rotary Club vice president Brian Clayton said the club remains hopeful that it will be able to obtain the necessary funds to complete the second half of the park.
The Rotary initiated the construction of the park over seven months ago. The group decided that it was financially easier to split the project into two phases.
Half of Phase I was funded by a grant from the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. and the second half was funded by the Rotary Club itself.
Phase II includes the sidewalks and equipment that can be used by adults.
Two weeks ago, the group conducted its soft opening with the participation of Rotary Club district governor Masamori Sawatari.
Yesterday, the club hosted a grand opening with the first phase of the park fully completed.