With the Kakaako-Ala Moana area quickly transforming into a luxury-condo landscape, the city is now ready to dig its shovels into Ala Moana Beach Park for a much-needed makeover. Whether to surf, jog, or just enjoy the beach, the park has served as a gathering place for tourists and locals alike for the last 82 years and draws more than 4 million visitors per year.
In April, the City and County of Honolulu released its master plan to revitalize the Park with a final plan expected this fall. If the plan is approved, construction is slated to begin in 2017 with smaller projects to be rolled out over the next 10 years.
The community action plan aims to make the park safer, offer local favorites at the concession stands, and add a new playground. The city would almost like to plant more street trees, fix rocky beach areas, renovate the comfort station, repair the Magic Island exercise path, and hire additional park staffers.
Other specific proposed park changes include enhanced pond edges and paths, extending the park area over the drainage channel, a new Piikoi entry plaza, renovating the McCoy Pavilion, increased irrigation, paths and trees at the Great Lawn, an improved “high spot” terrace, reconfigured free parking with no loss of stalls, a modified park drive with an added bike lane, and long-term beach nourishment.
If approved and implemented, these changes to Ala Moana Beach Park will make the Kakaako-Ala Moana neighborhood an even more desirable place to live. Boosting property value in the surrounding areas.
To view the full plan or offer your own feedback on the proposed changes, visit www.ouralamoanapark.com.