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(Tuesday, February 23, 2010) -- The City has added 49 new stalls to the Maili Beach parking lot, increasing capacity to a lot that had been undersized for many years.


            In addition to the 49 stalls, of which three are handicap stalls, the City built ADA-compliant concrete walkways, a picnic table and charcoal pit, and landscaping.


This project was funded through the Leeward Coast Community Benefits program, which provides $2 million a year for the area to offset the location of the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill.  The sum is split evenly between grants to nonprofit social service agencies operating along the Leeward Coast and money for parks improvements.


Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who created the Leeward Coast Community Benefits Program in 2006, said, “What’s great about the program is that the people who live here discuss, deliberate, and decide on what their priorities will be.  In this case, the shortage of parking at Maili Beach was identified as a long-standing problem, and so that’s why we committed money to this capital improvement.  This success story is repeated with all the grantees and City parks.  It’s truly a great example of a community partnership with the City.”


The design consultant was Austin, Tsutsumi and Associates.  The contractor was Henry’s Equipment Rental & Sales, Inc.  The cost was $500,000 and the project was completed ahead of schedule.





Bill Brennan, 768-6928