BELLOWS BEACH PARK TO REOPEN FOR JULY 4 WEEKEND
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that Bellows Beach Park will reopen to the public for the Independence Day weekend and that new regulations will be enforced there.
“We’re very pleased to continue to make this wonderful beach park available for public recreation and enjoyment,” Hannemann said. “We trust that the public knows how important it is to keep the area safe and clean for everyone.”
Marine Corps Base Hawaii officials had ordered the popular beach temporarily closed during June in response to environmental and safety concerns, which the City and Marines are jointly addressing.
Hannemann thanked park users for their patience while the problems were assessed, and also expressed appreciation to City Parks and Recreation Director Lester Chang and his staff for their flexibility and hard work to ensure the park would reopen as soon as possible.
The beach is a Marine Corps training area that is open to the public during weekends and holidays through an agreement between the Marines and the City, which maintains the area during those times.
The City will provide an opportunity for those who held camping permits for the June 5-7 and June 12-14 weekends to obtain substitute camping permits for a future summer weekend at Bellows on a priority basis. Permit holders will be contacted with details.
The beach park will reopen July 3 at noon, and new park rules and regulations will be enforced as follows:
- Bellows Beach Park will be closed from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am unless authorized by permit;
- Day use parking will be limited to the two designated parking areas, which are the old runways mauka of Tinker Road;
- Day use parking areas will be closed from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am;
- Only vehicles with approved camping parking permits will be allowed to park in the designated camping areas;
- A maximum of 50 camping permits will be issued each weekend;
- A maximum of 10 campers will be allowed for each permit;
- A maximum of three vehicles will be allowed for each permit;
- Vehicles must at all times display parking passes that will be issued with camping permits;
- Campers must remain in the designated camping area from 8 pm to 6 am;
- No one will be allowed to enter the Beach Park from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am;
- New signage and barriers will be installed. Everyone is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the rules.
- The following items and activities are prohibited:
Ø Vehicles on the beach;
Ø Alcoholic beverages;
Ø Dogs or other animals;
Ø Camping other than by permit;
Ø Open or bon fires;
Ø Sale or vending of any merchandise;
Ø Cutting or removal of any vegetation, soil, sand, gravel or rocks;
Ø Dumping of any kind.
Media contact: City Parks and Recreation Director Lester Chang, 768-3001.