Residents get look at preliminary master plan for HPP park

  • Courtesy of SSFM International

    A “base” preliminary master plan shows ballfields, a skate park, walking trails and more for a proposed park in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

  • This map includes additional options, such as pickleball, tennis and volleyball courts. Courtesy of SSFM International.

Hawaiian Paradise Park will soon have a master plan for its own Hawaii County park.

On Monday evening, representatives of SSFM International and county staff showed a preliminary master plan to about 40 residents in attendance at the HPP activity center.

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The proposal, based on feedback on three options presented a month ago, appeared well received, though there were some concerns about impacts of additional traffic on the subdivision’s private roads.

A final master plan will be finished by mid-March to meet a deadline set when HPP transferred the property to the county.

The proposed plan for the 20-acre parcel at Kaloli Drive and 26th Avenue includes a youth baseball/softball field, a football/soccer field, covered play court, community center, playground, skate park and trails for walking and biking.

Then there are options for pickleball, tennis and volleyball courts, plus a swimming pool and dog park. Feedback from the public will determine which options stay or go.

“This can’t be the park that satisfies all the needs of the subdivision,” said James Komata, county park planner. “There are going to need to be other parks in the future.”

There also were no estimates yet for how much the park, which likely would be built in phases, would cost or a potential time line for construction.

Completion of the plan will be followed by preliminary engineering and an environmental assessment, both of which will help set a price tag, said Roxcie Waltjen, county parks and recreation director. An EA also would assess traffic impacts.

She estimated at least three maintenance people would be needed to take care of the park.

Komata said the park would be fenced and gated, though a portion of the walking trail would be outside the fence.

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To provide input, contact Jared Chang of SSFM International at 356-1242.

Email Tom Callis at tcallis@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

  1. PUNATIC February 21, 2018 5:49 am

    then there are options for…….in other words, you can kiss the swimming pool goodbye……swimming pools are ONLY reserved for HILO


    1. danny February 21, 2018 11:51 am

      ??? Doesn’t pohoa have a pool?


      1. PUNATIC February 22, 2018 9:31 am

        first, it’s Pahoa, and it’s also 9 miles away……how about a pool where one can ride their bike to?


        1. danny February 22, 2018 4:51 pm

          Your right it is Pahoa. But wasn’t sure you were aware there was a pool outside of Hilo south all your shit talk but i guess you are. It would be nice to have a pool you can ride a bike to our even better walk to. Whatever happen to the ocean?


          1. PUNATIC February 23, 2018 7:16 am

            It’s still there……


  2. Leroy February 21, 2018 7:31 am

    Tweaker will love their new park


  3. Patrick M Walsh February 21, 2018 8:30 am

    Sounds good to me. Let’s hope it opens in our lifetime.


  4. Bob Lamb February 21, 2018 9:58 am

    How about paving the streets first? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a30852b34d90fb018b40b2b8ae2aa79844fbcf6186d48b8d5184411630f537b.jpg


    1. CounterLogic February 27, 2018 9:09 pm

      Or continuing to finish Hwy 130, so we can arrive home safe, or get out of the area, in a natural disaster, would help too.. Safety Priorities need to come 1st.


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