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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A Honolulu city council member and a neighborhood board chairman are looking at ideas for the land that includes the old Bowl-O-Drome bowling alley -- ideas that include building a new city pool on the parcel.
The Bowl-O-Drome was built in 1955 and closed down in 2004. It's parking lot is currently being used as a tow yard, while the bowling alley itself is shuttered. It's a far cry from its heyday next the old Honolulu Stadium on Isenberg Street, where the sound of bowling balls hitting the hardwood and the pins filled the building for years.
"There is talk of its being a senior center with medical services," said city councilwoman Ann Kobayashi. "I'm not sure what will finally come of this."
That's just one of the ideas being discussed. Kobayashi noted that the McCully neighborhood has a high concentration of seniors.
But the other idea has to do with the swimming pool at the McCully District Park, a few blocks away.
The pool was built on the second floor of a building at a cost of $2.5 million. However, it's been closed for several years because of construction problems and leaks. It was supposed to reopen at the end of last year. Kobayashi said she has been told frequently that the pool would reopen "soon."
"Soon is now this summer. Or summer; undetermined what year," said Ron Lockwood, chairman of the McCully-Moiliili Neighborhood Board. "I'm sorry. We've been waiting six years for that pool to be done."
Kobayashi and Lockwood are floating the idea of building a new city swimming pool at the site of the Bowl-O-Drome.
The land is owned by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. According to Kobayashi, there has been talk of a possible land swap between the DHHL and the city. There's also been talk of putting affordable housing for Hawaiians on the site. But so far, it's only been talk, with nothing formal at the moment.
"This is so early, it's just an idea of brainstorming at this point," said Lockwood. "And I haven't found too many who haven't liked it."
Both said something has to be done soon about the McCully pool and the Bowl-O-Drome property.
The McCully-Moiliili Neighborhood Board has the issue has an item on its agenda for its meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Washington Middle School cafeteria.
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