LĪHU’E – The Department of Parks and Recreation today released a draft version of the updated Parks and Recreation Master Plan and is encouraging the public to provide their input on the future of Kaua’i’s parks.
“Proper management of our recreational opportunities has a positive effect on our economy, our environment, and our overall well-being,” stated Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. “This plan lays the groundwork to achieve those goals as we seek a healthier, more sustainable Kaua’i, and enhance the quality of life for our residents for generations to come.”
The Parks Master Plan provides a long-range vision for developing the county’s parks and recreation facilities by identifying and prioritizing projects to assist the department with capital improvement programming. Recommendations in the plan are based on planning meetings and comprehensive outreach that have taken place over the course of the past three years, including: two rounds of public meetings, comments on the preliminary proposals posted online; findings from a park user survey; and input from an advisory committee and department staff.
This effort marks the first time the county has updated its Parks Master Plan since it was originally prepared in 1978, when Parks and Recreation was a division of the Department of Public Works. Once reviewed and revised, the final version will eventually be incorporated into the county’s General Plan.
The department will hold a series of informational meetings to review key elements of the plan and obtain feedback. Meetings will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. on the following dates:
- Kapa‘a Middle School cafeteria – Tuesday, July 30
- Hanalei Community Center (Hale Halawai ‘Ohana O Hanalei) – Wednesday, July 31
- Kōloa Neighborhood Center – Thursday, August 1
- Waimea Neighborhood Center – Wednesday, August 14
- Līhu‘e Civic Center, Moikeha Conference Room 2A/2B – Thursday, August 15
Printed copies of the plan may also be viewed at all public libraries on Kaua’i, or an online version can be viewed on the project website, www.kauaiparks.com.
Written comments may be submitted online or mailed to the planning consultant: Glenn Kimura, Kimura International, 1600 Kapiolani Blvd., Ste.1610, Honolulu, HI 96814.
To request an American Sign Language interpreter or an auxiliary aid to participate in any of the meetings, please contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 241-4460 at least five business days prior to the respective meeting.