Summer opening for Tinian Children’s Park eyed


Joshua Hobelman, deployed with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, Detail Tinian, uses a skid steer with a trenching attachment to carve a trench for the foundation of a jungle gym at the Tinian children’s park. (U.S. NAVY/YOHANES NUGUSE)

The Tinian Mayor’s Office is crossing its fingers that it will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Tinian Children’s Park before the summer ends.

After clearing debris that’s been left over from previous typhoons, the U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 finally completed installing the playground equipment that had been donated by IT&E.

“I would like to sincerely thank IT&E for their generous donation,” said Mayor Edwin P. Aldan, who also acknowledged the Projects Management Division under his office for spearheading the project. “I extend my appreciation to the special projects team for their hard work and dedication to enhancing the park with…new recreational activities for our youth.”

Aldan identified the Tinian Children’s Park as one of his priorities to enhance youth development and family recreational activities. A survey that was sent out to schools and community members early this year regarding their vision for the park all came back positive.

Applications for funding were submitted to the Community Block Development Grant and the Technical Assistance Program Grant to replace chain link fences, repair concrete benches and picnic tables, build pavilions, purchase and install more playground equipment, build a basketball court and volleyball court, renovate the bathrooms and changing rooms, install new light posts, construct a site for vendors, and plan a splash pad or a form of recreational water activity for children. The Projects Management Division is hoping for positive news from the two grantors between July or August.

The Tinian Children’s Park will be opened to the public once the installation of new activities/facilities and the renovation of the bathrooms/changing rooms are complete.

If all plans go well without any interruption, summer time will be the target of ribbon-cutting for the Tinian Children’s Park. (Chevy Alipio)

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