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State officials are seeking feedback on a plan that will guide future recreation needs in Hawaii and keep the state eligible to receive federal funds for outdoor recreation projects.
A draft of the comprehensive statewide outdoor recreation plan is now available for review, the state parks division of the state’s Department of Lands and Natural Resources said on Monday.
The five-year strategic plan for outdoor recreation is based on feedback received from recreation agencies and others through online surveys and community meetings held between April and June. Over 2,600 people participated in the process.
Participants identified the protection of natural and wildlife resources and wilderness areas as top priorities for investing in outdoor recreation. The operation and maintenance of existing infrastructure and facilities and the protection of cultural and / or historical resources have proven to be other top priorities for the next five years. Concerns were expressed about the inadequate and poor conditions of the facilities.
The plan will allow Hawaii to remain eligible to receive federal funds administered through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a grant program implemented by the National Park Service. Recent grants under the program include upgrading coastal trails at Wai’anapanapa State Park in East Maui; renovating the tennis and basketball courts at Kalawai Park in Kauai; installation of new playgrounds in several Oahu parks; construction of the Hilo Bayfront Trail on the Island of Hawaii; and new lookouts, telescopes and the repaving of the Makapu’u Trail in Oahu.