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Open house to review two concepts for Baldwin Beach Park Master Plan

By Staff | May 30, 2019

PAIA – The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) invites the public to review and comment on two concept options for the Baldwin Beach Park Master Plan during an open house on Thursday, May 30.

The open house is from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Paia Community Center, 252 Hana Highway. People may drop in at any time while it’s open.

During the open house, DPR will provide concept sketches on a series of panels. Residents can offer comments at stations or speak directly to the project’s design team and county staff.

The two concepts have been prepared with the assistance of a project advisory committee comprised of 12 people who bring a variety of perspectives and expertise. The committee has met twice with DPR staff and the consultant team to prepare the concepts.

The project area consists of about 54 acres and stretches from the existing park next to the Maui Country Club to Lower Paia Park.

The center of this project area includes a 25-acre undeveloped parcel that more than doubles the size of Baldwin Park.

With this addition, the park will be one of the largest beach parks on Maui.

“From what our advisory committee members have said, Baldwin Park was once a very popular place for families to enjoy the ocean, to play sports and to have family gatherings,” DPR Director Karla Peters said.

“Our hope is that the park can be redeveloped to once again serve this role for the island’s residents.”

After this open house, the advisory committee will work with the department to select a preferred concept and finalize the design.

A final open house will then be held to present the final master plan.

Once the final master plan is completed, additional technical studies may be needed to refine details of the plan that deal with flooding, transportation and infrastructure improvements.

The department is working with a consultant team headed by DTL Hawaii, which includes PBR Hawaii (landscape architects), Sea Engineering, Aina Archeology and J. Uno & Associates.

For more information, contact David Yamashita, Planner VI, at 270-6508 or david.yamashita@mauicounty.gov.