The new park that is being built in Pahoa is going up rather quickly and some folks in the community had some questions about the park so I emailed Department of Parks and Recreation Public Information Officer Jason Armstrong some questions and got a reply from him today on these questions.
PBR Hawaii is the firm that appears to be handling most of the construction design at the park. You can learn more about the project on their website here: Pahoa Park Expansion Master Plan
I took this picture yesterday from the backside of the skate park:
Here are the questions and answers that I received from Armstrong:
How many people will P&R hire to maintain and operate Pahoa District Park?
Three; two park caretakers (who mostly likely will be existing employees transferred from other sites) and one recreation technician. P&R is now in the recruiting phase for the rec. tech. position. We anticipate filling this position by August 1, 2016.
What will be the park hours?
Operating hours will be set by the Director. Typically, park hours are 6 am – 11 pm daily. The pool, senior center, skate park, community center and new covered play courts (gym) likely will have different hours, however, based on patron demand and the need to have personnel onsite to operate those facilities.
Will the park have a security gate?
How many new parking stalls are being added?
373 new stalls, including 21 ADA-compliant stalls
What is the expected opening date?
No specific date has been set; we estimate opening in late August or early September of this year
Is the skate park part of the park?
If anyone is really interested in looking at all the documents related to this new park you can click here to read the 641 page Environmental Assessment that was put together in 2013 before the June 27th Lava Flow almost took out the whole project all together.