HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $8.1 million to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) for capital improvement projects that address the construction of the Central Maui Regional Sports Complex and rockfall mitigation projects across the state including the Makiki Valley Trail on Oahu.
“I was on Maui last month to help break ground on a sports complex that will provide a variety of recreational opportunities, along with social and economic benefits to the residents of the Valley Isle and the entire state,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “This is just one of many DLNR projects to improve our state parks system and natural resources.”
Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, who also attended last month’s groundbreaking, added: “This sports complex addresses the needs of Central Maui’s growing community. It will provide a place for families and athletes of all ages to play. Central Maui Regional Sports Complex could also serve as a revenue generator for Maui as well as the State of Hawaii as teams use the park for tournaments.”
Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor:
$5,000,000 – Central Maui Region Sports Complex, Maui – Construction funds to complete the softball fields in Phase I of the project and to begin Phase II to develop the Little League baseball fields. The sports complex will ultimately include a high school baseball field, four softball fields, four Little League baseball fields, soccer fields, comfort stations and parking.
$2,922,000 – Capital Improvement Program Administrative Costs, statewide – General obligation bond funds to finance the wages and fringe benefits of DLNR’s project-funded staff positions for fiscal year 2015.
$250,000 – Rockfall and Flood Mitigation, statewide – Design and construction funds to address a rockfall hazard above Makiki Valley Trail on Oahu.