United Airlines and its partners, PMV Designers Builders and Guam Visitors Bureau, have joined forces to refurbish the pavilions at one of Guam’s most popular public parks – Matapang Beach Park in Tumon. The project started in late June and is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
Chuck Sova, International Facilities Manager at United, led the restoration project, and the team spent more than 300 hours restoring the concrete pavilions’ structures and repairing the broken picnic tables and chairs. To support the renovation, GVB donated 20 gallons of paint for the park’s pavilions. PMV supplied the repair materials and labor, which is estimated at $10,500.
Sam Shinohara, United managing director for airport operations for Asia/Pacific said, “our team and partners agree that it’s incredibly important that we continue to take care of our island home. We prioritized the beautification of Matapang Beach Park, one of only two public beach parks in Tumon because it was in much need of a facelift. The renovated pavilions will provide better safety, shelter, and overall enjoyment of the park for everyone.”
Shinohara continued, “we are grateful for Chuck’s leadership and the overwhelming support from our partners at PMV and GVB team. This is our home, and we should be playing a proactive role in improving our Guam product. We are encouraged to see more groups adopting parks and roadways and hope this momentum can continue. We are all guardians of our island. Let’s work together to make it a great place to live, work, and visit.”
Maintaining Guam’s public parks is an ongoing and collective effort.
The launch of this project was planned to coincide with the #GUAM Island Pride Beautification event led by Islandwide Beautification Task Force and GVB. Although the event has been rescheduled for August 1, United pushed forward to complete its plans for Matapang Beach Park so the community could begin using it this summer.
(United Airlines News Release)