WAIMEA, Hawaii – The community gathered on Monday morning to break ground on the future Waimea District Park. The County of Hawaii provided a media release – and video footage – covering the blessing of the 24-acre park project.
A groundbreaking and traditional Hawaiian blessing for a new $23.9 million, 24-acre Waimea District Park were held Monday, November 16, during a public ceremony attended by Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi, County Council members, State lawmakers, and Parker Ranch Inc. executives.
The project’s first phase, complete with three covered play courts, lighted ball field and keiki playground, will be opened in December 2016, well ahead of the original 2020 estimate, Mayor Kenoi said while standing in front of the green pastures to be developed into active recreation.
“It’s going to be a pu‘uhonua (place of peace and safety) in beautiful Waimea,” he said.
Parker Ranch donated the land for the park site located near its former headquarters and reached via Ala ‘?hi‘a Road.
“This is truly an exciting day for Waimea and the Big Island,” Dutch Kuyper, Parker Ranch president and CEO, said, noting athletic fields are where children can learn good sportsmanship and humility, even in defeat.
Contractor Nan Inc. has been hired to build the project’s first phase, which also will feature accessible walkways, more than 150 paved parking spaces, landscaping, and infrastructure.
Mayor Kenoi thanked the Waimea community, including the Waimea District Park Builders, for not giving up on the dream of a new park. He also thanked State leaders for helping obtain partial funding for the park development, the County Council for approving the balance of the necessary funding, and the Department of Parks and Recreation for managing the project.