Thanks to all of our volunteers, KRP Clean-Up was a success!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2010 15:30 Written by Administrator Monday, 23 February 2009 01:07
The KRP Clean-up days were a fantastic success and a great chance for the initiated to help "Build The Track".¬† All of us with the KRP Project Team would like to sincerely thank each and every volunteer that took the time to help us this weekend.¬† Your dedication and support truly humbles us, and gives us a huge reason to continue pushing this project to completion.¬† It is because of motorsports enthusiasts like you, that we have worked so hard and diligently.¬† In only a few short days, a ton of progress was made in preparing the facility for it's eventual use as a motorsports park.
The weekend started off with the arrival of our setup crew at around 8AM...bright and early on a beautiful¬†Saturday morning.¬† The tent was raised, tables and chairs were setup, and the equipment was brought out in anticipation of getting the work started.¬† Immediately after 9AM, a good number of volunteers showed up, ready and willing to work.¬† Once we had introduced ourselves and had an brief explanation of our goals for the day...we set off into three separate groups.¬† 1 volunteer group went to work cleaning up the hundreds of concrete barricades on-site...removing old illumination tape, safety lights, and placards.¬† The next group setoff to clean the front of the park, armed with wheedwhackers and a chainsaw.¬† The next group set about cleaning Bunker 1 of the dense growth of in-grown shrubs and weeds.¬† Each group worked hard and committed themselves to their task for the entire morning until lunch.¬† After lunch, they continued on and were able to clean and clear the barricades as well as finish mowing down the vegeation in front of the park.¬† We were also able to powerspray the old and flaking paint off of Bunker 1, and together, were able to re-paint the entirety...it now stands in a beautiful, fresh coat of white.¬† At the end of the day, a definite impact had been made.¬† It was definetly positive and productive...as the sun set, we closed up shop and headed home to rest.
The second day got off to a slow start due to our aching bodies and the urge to sleep in a few more minutes, but it was quickly up to par.¬† The second day brought forth even more volunteers than the previous day, and we set upon painting the remaining barricades and bunkers.¬† Each barricade had to be power-sprayed to remove years of road dirt and grime...this took quite a bit of time and effort so we split the team up and attacked the outside perimeter fencing.¬† We were able to clear the entire fenceline makai of the park of the many in-grown trees and shrubs.¬† This is in preparation for providing a future place for parking spectator vehicles.¬† In addition, Bunker 2 was completly stripped and repainted a fantastic white...the bunkers really standout as beautiful landmarks for the facility.¬† If possible, we'd like to use them for observation points for the park.¬† Finally, once enough barricades were cleaned, the entire volunteer work force hit the nitrous and got to work.¬† By the end of the day, all of the barricades lining the south perimeter were painted and our team, although sore and tired, all celebrated happily.¬† Viewing the park from the dirt mound provided a great perspective on what we have accomplished in only a short few days, and with that....we all headed home to a much deserved night of rest and relaxation.
Developers George & Jeanette Grace, Jr. provided a literal smorgasboard of hamburgers, hot dogs, home-made chili & rice,¬†fried chicken, cold drinks, and lots of assorted munchies for the volunteer crew on both days of the clean-up...no volunteer was want for food or drink, and it really gave us all a chance to sit, relax, and talk about various topics and the future of the raceway park.¬†¬† It was certainly exciting, espescially for the volunteers who had never seen the facility.¬† Alot of questions were asked and answered to the best of our ability, and a good time was had by all.
Again, we'd like to say thank you to all of the volunteers.¬† Myself, I'd like to thank the developers as well as their crew of¬†professionals that have dedicated tons of man-hours¬†for the past several weeks.¬† Even after working all day at their¬†own jobs, they still took time to come in and¬†move barricades,¬†cut the¬†grass,¬†and have really had a dramatic effect on how KRP stands today.¬† For those of you that were unable to join us...we will have future volunteer days where you can be a part of this very special effort to bring racing back to Oahu.¬† You'll be able to taste and see, as all of us have, the promise and potential this land holds for us.¬† Until next time, please enjoy the following gallery of photos.¬† We'll have a short video up sometime this week, that will spread even more light on the accomplishments we've made these past two days.¬† And remember, go to www.kalaeloaracewaypark.com for all updates and progress reports!