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Construction begins on $22.3M Pahoa District Park

(Photo courtesy of County of Hawaii)

(Photo courtesy of County of Hawaii)

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The biggest single investment in recreational opportunity in Hawaii County history is coming to Lower Puna, following Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the $22.3 million Pahoa District Park.

Mayor Billy Kenoi, Councilmembers Greggor Ilagan and Zendo Kern and County officials joined members of the Puna community to kick off the project, which will provide more recreational opportunities than ever before to the fastest growing region of Hawaii Island.

This $22.3 million, year-long project to deliver a district-level park to Lower Puna will include a covered playcourt building, two baseball fields, two multipurpose fields, a keiki playground, concession building, new comfort station, accessible walkways, and ample parking areas.

Contractor Nan, Inc. is scheduled to start clearing and grading the site immediately.

Totaling more than 29 acres, the improvements will complement the park’s existing facilities that include the Pahoa Community Aquatic Center, Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, Pahoa Senior Center, and Pahoa Skate Park.

The Puna Community Development Plan, adopted by the Hawaii County Council in 2008, identified the need for a district park in Lower Puna.

A comprehensive planning process involving the community, the County, and project designers WCIT Architecture began in 2012 to ensure these new facilities reflect the recreational needs of Puna’s residents.

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