City revises plan to eliminate beachfront parking at Ala Moana Park

City revises plan to eliminate beachfront parking at Ala Moana Park

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - City officials announced on Monday that they are revising their initial renovation plans for Ala Moana Regional Park.

The announced revisions come after the City Council approved a resolution back in March, urging Mayor Kirk Caldwell to address concerns about the elimination of beachfront parking.

The park currently has 950 parking stalls, and the city's previous plans called for doing away with beachfront parking while adding parking elsewhere.

It's estimated that Ala Moana Regional Park gets upwards of four million visitors a year. And parking, especially on weekends and holidays, is often a challenge.

According to the revisions, city officials will maintain a majority of the makai parking stalls along the park road, except for the area fronting the reorganized McCoy Pavilion parking lot.

The revised plan will also add 94 parking stalls along the mauka side of the park, repairs to the canal bridge, and a dog park, among other improvements. Several parking lots at the park will be reconfigured, and revisions will add a total of 234 parking stalls.

"We are grateful for the passion the public has shown for Ala Moana Regional Park, which has resulted in a better master plan," Caldwell said, in a statement.

"Ala Moana is 'The People's Park,' and the proposed improvements will ensure that it continues to thrive for generations to come. I hope more park users take the time to comment on the Draft EIS during the next 45 days," Caldwell said.

The complete revised city plans for Ala Moana Park can be found here.

This story may be updated.

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