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Coral Tree Avenue now has parking space for persons with disabilities

THE conversion of a loading and unloading area into a parking space for persons with disbilities is only the beginning of concerned citizen Jack Muna’s campaign on behalf of the elderly and the disabled.

On Thursday, Muna was joined by Department of Public Works Secretary James Ada and Yano Enterprises Inc. president Misako Kamata in the presentation of the parking space for persons with disabilities on Coral Tree Avenue in Garapan.

In November, Muna expressed his concern about the lack of parking space for the physically impaired persons in the area.

A frequent visitor of the tourist district, Muna’s stepdaughter Yvonne is a person with a disability.

He said he asked Ada if they could transform the loading and unloading area across from Fiesta Resort & Spa into a parking space for persons with disabilities.

This month, with the support of DPW and Kamata, who manages Kinpachi Restaurant, the area now has a parking space for persons with disabilities.

“Many people were complaining about the lack of parking area for disabled persons here,” Kamata said.

She said she was happy to provide materials to DPW and is willing to assist again for any needed improvement.

Department of Public Works Secretary James Ada presents the new parking area for persons with disabilities on Coral Tree Avenue with Yano Enterprises Inc. president Misako Kamata, Jack Muna, his wife Laura and stepdaughter Yvonne.  Photo by Junhan B. TodinoDepartment of Public Works Secretary James Ada presents the new parking area for persons with disabilities on Coral Tree Avenue with Yano Enterprises Inc. president Misako Kamata, Jack Muna, his wife Laura and stepdaughter Yvonne. Photo by Junhan B. Todino

The project still needs a wheelchair ramp.

Ada, in a separate interview, said they are now waiting for the Northern Marianas Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc. to inspect the parking spot.

He said the project was implemented by his department thanks to the materials donated by Kamata.

“We need more people who work for our community,” he said, as he thanked both Muna and Kamata.

Ada then presented a certificate of appreciation to Kamata for her many contributions to the community.

Muna, for his part, recognized Kinpachi Restaurant with a certificate of appreciation for helping people with disabilities to access the establishment.

Muna is hoping that the authorities will also fully implement the law against unauthorized use of parking for the disabled

He said some family members of persons with disabilities use vehicles that have a sticker for disability so they can park in a disabled person’s parking area.

“I hope the Department of Public Safety will look into it,” Ada said.