Start now to help create amazing legacy park

Even if included in the West Maui Community Plan, the letter headlined “More park space and fewer gentleman’s estates” requires community involvement to succeed. Are you willing to help develop the designated “central park” on Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate’s property located along Lahainaluna Road?

Lahainaluna’s Sue Cooley Stadium is a perfect example of how one generous person can impact an entire community. Some of the park’s features would be less expensive, giving everyone a chance to contribute accordingly.

Park benches, gazebos, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, splash pads, horseshoe pits, tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, volleyball and basketball courts, amphitheater, dog parks, hiking trails, bike paths, restrooms and roadways could be funded by community members, organizations and corporations.

Appropriate commercial activities would be allowed in a private park. Food trucks, rental kiosks, farmer’s markets, entertainment, weddings, party venues, cultural and historical tours are viable economic enterprises.

Community gardens/agriculture park and food hub/co-op are income producing. Planting forests and native plants, public access along with ecotourism, nursery supply, and eventually harvesting mature trees are literally economic growth.

In addition to commercial activities, donations and fees for events could help fund 24-hour security and park maintenance. Volunteers can also help to build and maintain a beautiful and safe park.

Positively impacting the community and future generations, start now to help create an amazing legacy park. Along with entreating Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate, advocate with the Maui Planning Commission and County Council members as they review and approve the proposed parks in the updated West Maui Community Plan.

Michele Lincoln



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