Master plan set to double overall size of Baldwin Beach Park

Two concepts for the Baldwin Beach Park Master Plan — which could double the size of the current beach park — will be up for public review and comment during an open house on May 30, the county Department of Parks and Recreation announced.

The open house will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Paia Community Center at 252 Hana Highway. People may drop in at any time.

During the open house, the department will provide concept sketches on a series of panels, and residents can offer comments at stations or speak directly to the project’s design team and county staff.

The project area encompasses about 54 acres and stretches from the existing park next to the Maui Country Club to Lower Paia Park. The center of the project area includes a 25-acre undeveloped parcel that more than doubles the size of Baldwin Beach Park. With the addition of the undeveloped lot, Baldwin would be one of the largest beach parks on Maui.

“From what our advisory committee members have said, Baldwin Park was once a very popular place for families to enjoy the ocean, to play sports, and to have family gatherings,” DPR Director Karla Peters said. “Our hope is that the park can be redeveloped to once again serve this role for the island’s residents.”

The two concepts have been prepared with the assistance of a 12-member project advisory committee, which has met twice with department staff and a consultant team.

After the open house, the advisory committee will work with the department to select a preferred concept and finalize the design. A final open house will then be held to present the final master plan. Once the final master plan is completed, additional technical studies may be needed to refine details of the plan that deal with flooding, transportation and infrastructure improvements.

The department is working with a consultant team headed by DTL Hawaii, which includes landscape architects PBR Hawaii as well as Sea Engineering, Aina Archaeology and J. Uno & Associates.

For more information, contact planner David Yamashita at 270-6508 or david.yamashita@mauicounty.gov.

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