Next round of meetings set for Parks Master Plan

LIHU‘E — The county will hold six community meetings next month as part of an ongoing planning process to update its Parks and Recreation Master Plan. This is the second of three rounds of community meetings, a county news release states.

“I encourage people all over Kaua‘i to participate in planning for the future of our parks,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.

“The input we receive will help to guide future programs and improvements throughout our system of parks.”

During the meetings, the county’s consultant, Kimura International, will discuss the facility improvement proposals that came from participants who attended the first round of meetings in March.

In addition, the consultant will present findings from a user survey and current data from the 2010 U.S. Census.

The meetings will be held at various locations across the island. All of the meetings will start at 6 p.m.

Here are the locations and dates:

— Kilauea Neighborhood Center, Nov. 8

— Koloa Neighborhood  Center, Nov. 9

— Hanalei Community Center, Nov. 10

— Lihu‘e Neighborhood Center, Nov. 15

— Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center, Nov. 16

— Waimea Neighborhood Center, Nov. 17

Following the final round of community meetings, a draft of the revised Parks Master Plan will be developed and reviewed, and the final version will eventually be incorporated into the county’s General Plan, the release states.

This effort marks the first time the county has updated its Parks Master Plan since it was originally prepared in 1978 when Parks and Recreation was a division in the Department of Public Works.

In 2006, a Charter amendment granted departmental status to the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the department was officially established in July 2007.

Anyone with special needs requiring an American Sign Language interpreter or an auxiliary aid to participate in any of the meetings should contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 241-4460 at least five business days prior to the respective meeting.

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