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Hilo Muni Improvements Topic of Meeting on July 22

Posted July 11, 2014, 04:58 PM HST
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The renovations at the Hilo Municipal Golf Course include replacing the clubhouse, shown above, which includes the starter’s office, pro shop and bathrooms. In the foreground is the practice green. Photos by Hunter Bishop.

Renovations to the Hilo Municipal Golf Course will be the subject of a public meeting later this month.

The county Department of Parks and Recreation said the meeting is being held to explain the project’s scope and gather public input.

It is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the Hawaii County Council chambers on Aupuni Street.

Aging buildings at the Hilo Muni suffer from termite damage and other problems. The back side of the restaurant is shown.

Aging buildings at the Hilo Muni suffer from termite damage and other problems. The back side of the restaurant is shown.

The proposed project includes replacement of the pro shop, restaurant and two on-course bathrooms, and reconstruction of four greens. It will also involve various maintenance and repair work, including replacement of water lines.

Jason Armstrong, spokesman for the Department of Parks and Recreation, said the work will also bring the golf course and adjacent driving range into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

He said work on the design phase, which is expected to cost $1.5 million, has already begun.

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Armstrong said the department hopes to put the project out to bid early next year.

The renovations include replacing two on-course restrooms. The one shown is located near Kawailani Street, between the third and fourth holes.

The renovations include replacement of two on-course restrooms. The one shown is located near Kawailani Street, near the tee area of the fourth hole.

He said the course, restaurant and pro shop will remain open during construction, which is expected to take 12 to 16 months to complete.

Pedestrian, vehicle and golf-cart traffic will likely be re-routed intermittently during construction, which will also require temporary modifications to play on the course.

At 165 acres, the Hilo Muni is the county’s largest developed recreational site. The course typically hosts about 80,000 rounds a year.

The county's only golf course averages about 200 rounds each day.

The county’s only golf course averages more than 200 rounds a day.

The project will include replacing the golf course's restaurant, left, and workshop, right.

The project will include replacing the golf course’s restaurant, left, and workshop, right.

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