South Maui park options presented

Three concepts for the undeveloped portion of the South Maui Community Park will be presented from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Kenolio Recreation Center, 131 S. Kihei Road.

All of the concepts include a small, outdoor amphitheater; open space; walking paths; sports courts; a sports field and more parking, said parks department planner David Yamashita.

The differences include the amount of open space, type of sports fields, amount of parking and other recreational improvements, all of which affect the cost, said Yamashita.

One of the main issues is the slope and shallow top soil depth with blue rock below. To reduce development costs, the amount of excavation and grading needs to be minimized, he said. This means, for example, developing a soccer field, which requires a large flat area, will be more expensive.

At the meeting, the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation will provide sketches of the concepts and times when residents may talk with the project’s design team and county staff. Participants may attend at any point of the open house.

This master plan update focuses on the undeveloped portion of the park, between the new, under-construction South Maui Gymnasium and East Welakahao Road.

After the open house, consultants and the project advisory committee will work with the department to select a concept and finalize the design. A second open house will present the final master plan, then the consultant team will start designs and construction drawings.

For more information, contact Yamashita by phone at 270-6508 or email david.yamashita@mauicounty.gov.


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