HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A portion of land near the Ala Wai Canal is going to the dogs. The city is finalizing plans for a new dog park at the spot where heavy equipment had been stored since a major sewage spill eight years ago.
Dog owners barked up the right tree because the park wasn't part of the original Beachwalk plan. The contractor was tasked to return the area to what it was before, which meant grass and irrigation. The contract didn't call for a dog park but after about seven years of lobbying the Ala Wai Canine Association was allowed to consult and got the enclosed dog park added. The City says no additional taxpayer funds were used.
"To me it's great. Normally under our contracts a contractor would just be required to bring back all of the properties they use to the state of the condition that they took it over as so to bring it up to a dog park standard, to me it's a higher standard," said Chris Takashige, Department of Design and Construction Director.
It will be near Ala Wai Elementary and Iolani School and near plenty of high rises.
"I think it's fabulous that they plan on opening the dog park because we need the dog park," said Pen Anderson, a dog owner who lives near the new park.
The City will meet with the contractor next week to make sure everything is correct. Then there will be a 90 day wait for the grass to grow in. The dog park should be open by early May, along with a walking path and the softball field that Iolani School will use and maintain like it did before the sewer break.
"We are excited about it," said Anderson.