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$4 Million in Funds Released for Waimea Regional Park

February 3, 2015, 2:21 PM HST
* Updated February 3, 2:29 PM
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Senator Lorraine Inouye announced on Monday that Governor David Ige released $4 million in general obligation bond funds that were appropriated by the Legislature to finance construction of various improvements to the Waimea District/Regional Park.

Last month, the administration notified stakeholders of the release of the funds.

“I’m pleased that the governor released the much-needed and long-overdue funding for plans, designs and construction for this valued recreational facility in West Hawai’i,” Inouye said. “Once the work is completed, it will benefit our community members by filling a void in both indoor and outdoor athletic and recreational activities. Everyone is excited about it and we’re looking forward to thrilling sporting events in the future.”

Along with matching funds from the County of Hawai’i, the money will aid in the implementation of Phase 1 of the master-planned 50-acre park. The first phase is planned to cover 24 acres and will include work on a covered play court, multi-use community building, pavilion, two football/rugby/soccer fields, one youth baseball/softball field, and a multi-use walkway and trail.

Officials say the second phase would add 26 acres, converting the facility to a regional park.

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