New pavilion, road at Baldwin Park in master plan
Parks final proposal may be reviewed at Thursday meeting
Moving the current pavilion inland, building another pavilion on the east end, installing a new roadway with a second entrance to Hana Highway and adding parking are part of the final concept for the Baldwin Beach Park master plan in Paia.
The Department of Parks and Recreation master plan will be available for public viewing from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Paia Community Center.
The 56-acre park is one of the largest beach parks in the county system and is one of three major parks along Maui’s north shore that attract high levels of use, the county Parks and Recreation Department said in a news release.
“It’s such a wonderful park site,” said planner David Yamashita on Wednesday. It is one of the larger park sites “in proximity to Maui residents”
The park, which has never had a master plan, includes a considerable amount of undeveloped land — including 29 acres obtained from Alexander & Baldwin in the Maui Business Park service center transaction in 2014 — that can be used for recreational purposes.
The plan addresses the kinds of activities and facilities needed for residents, how to address sea level rise with the erosion of the beach, parking and managing overall park use.
Yamashita said that there are not many fixed structures planned in the zone 3.2 feet above sea level along the shoreline. The plan does not address the homeless problem in the park area. That is a “management issue,” he said.
The plans also include a possible retention basin in the open field along the current road to the shoreline; the park often floods during heavy rainstorms.
The proposed roadway will wind west off the current access through the newly added lands with a second east entrance between the Paia Youth & Cultural Center and the current entrance. There also will be a new spur going makai to a cul-de-sac next to the Rinzai Zen Mission.
There also will be two parking lots along Hana Highway, camping areas, multiple playground and exercise facilities and sand berm restoration along the shoreline of the west end. The two pavilions each are planned for 6,000 square feet.
After the third and final open house, the department will use the master plan as a foundation for improvements at the park and for more detailed studies “to review and refine the concept,” said Yamashita. While the master plan will be presented to the council, no formal approval will be necessary.
“It’s very exciting to see a final concept which provides a foundation for the future,” said parks Director Karla Peters. “There’s still more work to be done, but we’ve taken the first step.
“I want to also acknowledge the work of the advisory committee because their ideas and experience were so helpful in getting us to this point.”
The final concept was derived based on information gathered at the open houses and guidance from the 12-member advisory committee made up of local residents, Yamashita said. The first open house was a listening session, held “even before pencil was put to paper.” The second open house offered a review of options with the third gathering to present the preferred concept, based on the committee input and the open houses.
The final master plan concept will be shown at the open house, along with other supporting materials. During the open house, there will be opportunities for participants to express their thoughts and to speak directly to the consultant team and to parks staff.
People may drop in anytime during the open house at the center located at 252 Hana Highway.
The consultant team is headed by DTL with subconsultants PBR Hawaii (landscape architects), Sea Engineering, Aina Archeology and J. Uno & Associates.
For more information, contact Yamashita by phone at 270-6508 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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