HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The city wants input for future plans involving a popular park in the heart of Honolulu. Mayor Kirk Caldwell is looking for all kinds of ideas for the Ala Moana Regional Park Master Plan, such as a waterfront restaurant or an outdoor concert venue.
"It is our people's park. It has been there since the 1930's. I think everyone on this island, no matter when you arrived here, has gone into that park to celebrate something," said Caldwell.
City officials want to improve the experience based on feedback from residents.
"Would you want to be able to rent standup paddleboards or surfboards or in-line rollerskates? Would you like to see different kinds of activities than are there now? How about some kind of volleyball place where you could watch beach volleyball, both local style and professional?" he asked.
The mayor invited architecture students from the University of Hawaii to share their long-term ideas. They've been studying the ecological impact on Oahu's south shore through design. Their presentations included elevated walkways and sustainable technology.
"These wetlands will include loi, maybe some taro fields as well as a lot of native plants and animals. It will become a habitat for new life that used to prevail in this area," explained student Rebecca Ogi during her presentation.
The city is spending $1.2 million dollars on consultants for the initiative which will take about three years. Officials hired Biederman Redevelopment Ventures in New York.
A public meeting on the park's master plan will be held on March 10 at 6 p.m. at McCoy Pavilion. The city also created a new interactive website for the project. Comments can be submitted HERE.
"These are going to ask people how they use the park and how they want to use the park. Then probably in June, July, or August, the consultant will come back with some ideas about how place those activities and how to master plan the project," said Chris Dacus, executive assistant of Historic Parks and Projects.