KAPAA — A 55-year-old pavilion at Kapaa Beach Park was taken down last month.
“It posed a serious safety hazard. The pavilion was structurally unsound,” said Lenny Rapozo, director of the Department of Parks and Recreation. “The roof had rotted to the point where it had a gaping hole, and the rebar in the columns had compromised the structure.”
The proximity to the ocean was the cause of the deterioration, Rapozo said.
The department hoped to keep part of it as a seating area, but as it started being demolished, it became clear that was not an option, Rapozo added.
“When the roof was removed the columns began to crumble,” he said. “In the interest of safety, everything except for the floor pad was removed. But eventually the pad will also have to be removed.”
While homeless people did hang out at the pavilion, that was not a contributing factor in the county’s decision to demolish it, he added.
The project was done in-house, Rapozo said.
There are no plans to replace the pavilion that was built in 1962, said Mary Daubert, county spokeswoman.