At a press conference earlier today, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell discussed progress at Ala Moana Beach Park and future renovation projects.
Most recently, renovations were completed to the ‘Ewa-side bathhouse at Ala Moana Regional Park, and the facility is now open for public use. This renovation project, similar to the upgrades made to the Diamond Head-side bathhouse last summer, included:
- Replacing the existing roofing and gutter system
- Installing skylights to improve natural lighting
- Adding security measures such as gates and screens
- Exterior painting and repairs
- Retiling and interior cleaning
- Attaching new bathroom fixtures
- Improving ADA accessibility
- Adding a new water fountain
An area on the side of the bathhouse remains closed at this time as an extra month is needed to allow for the proper regrowth of grass.
Security cameras, which were installed and operating prior to this renovation project, have been reinstalled and are now operational.
The $883,000 contract for this project was completed by Starcom Builders Inc.
In addition, the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for additional improvement projects at Ala Moana Regional Park is now available online. You can access the FEIS by clicking here. This document will provide the best information about proposed improvement plans to the park. Determination about which projects move forward is made at a different time, and will additionally depend on funding availability and consideration of comments received during the HRS Chapter 343 and HAR Chapter 11-200 Environmental Impact Statement Rules process.
“After decades of neglect this administration is focused on improving the basic infrastructure at Ala Moana and this will be a tremendous benefit to the local residents who visit this treasured park,” said Mayor Caldwell. “As we increase density in our urban core to allow the ‘country to be more country,’ it’s critical that we make commonsense improvements to Ala Moana so it remains an inviting place for people of all ages. We all come to Ala Moana for different reasons and these projects are designed to accommodate everyone who have made it the most heavily used park in our state. Much like our Kākou for Parks initiative has made improvements to 160 different parks across O‘ahu, we are giving Ala Moana the love it deserves.”
Other on-going projects at Ala Moana Regional Park include the repaving of the park road, which is scheduled to be finished this fall, and the installation of a new air conditioning system in the McCoy Pavilion Auditorium, scheduled to be finished this coming winter.
These improvements, and the projects outlined in the FEIS, supplement the goals of Mayor Caldwell’s 9-Point Community Action Plan at Ala Moana Regional Park:
1. Hire park staff
2. Renovate comfort stations
3. Repair Magic Island exercise path and exercise amenities
4. Irrigate Great Lawn
5. Fix rocky beach areas
6. Beautify the park
7. Build a new playground
8. Make the park safer
9. Local favorites in the concession
More information about Ala Moana Regional Park can be found by accessing the park’s special webpage.
From 2015 to the end of last August, the Kākou for Park program has delivered improvements to 160 different parks, including:
- 114 new and refurbished play apparatus
- 87 renovated comfort stations
- 329 resurfaced play courts
- 81 lined pickleball courts