Information provided by The County of Kaua’i Department of Parks and Recreation:
The County of Kaua‘i Department of Parks and Recreation is spearheading a public planning process to develop a master plan for the expansion of Black Pot Beach Park. The existing beach park is located at the north end of Weke Road in Hanalei, and is roughly 2.5 acres in size. As a result of the County acquiring land on the mauka side of the existing park between the Hanalei River and Wilikoki Road and on the pavilion‐ side of the park, the beach park will eventually be expanded to more than 11 acres in size. The master plan will set forth a long‐term vision for the use and expansion of Black Pot Beach Park, with recommendations to guide facility improvements over a 20‐year timeframe. The County’s goals for the master plan envision a park that serves the local community and balances the demands of the various recreational interests drawn to the beach, including (1) improving management and protection of the resource, and (2) ensuring that public investments for park expansion and new facilities are strategic and cost‐effective. Resolving conflicts among the different recreational interests, circulation and parking concerns, beach safety, access for disabled persons, natural resource management, and environmental protection is anticipated to be among the major planning issues. The planning process will rely on the involvement of current park users and community interests, including community organizations, fishermen, paddlers, surfers, beach‐goers, local businesses and neighboring landowners, government agencies, and other interested parties. Opportunities to participate in the planning process consist of: three community meetings, two rounds of focus group discussions, and a Community Advisory Committee. A project website (blackpotplan.com), tentatively scheduled to be launched in early‐July 2015, will also be used to share information and gather input.
For questions and to receive future meeting announcements and project updates, contact: HHF Planners 733 Bishop Street, Suite 2590 Honolulu, HI 96813 e‐mail: PlanBlackPotBeachPark@hhf.com.