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OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE PARK PLANNED IN WAHIKULI

March 20, 2009, 3:06 PM HST
* Updated March 21, 12:14 PM
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The state is considering the construction of an Off-Highway Vehicle Park on Maui.The proposed Wahikuli OHV Park is part of the state’s Recreational Renaissance Plan.DLNR Chairperson Laura Thielen said the park supports the long-term demand for additional recreational opportunities and would relieve pressure on other lands currently being utilized for this sport.Total cost of the project is $4 million with projected opening set for 2012.A presentation and public meeting on the project will take place March 31st at 6 p.m. at the Lahaina Civic Center.

The DLNR Recreational Renaissance proposes $3 million in capital improvement funds to be made available for the development of the park. DLNR officials say the first operating year of the Wahikuli OHV Park plan will be 2012. At that time, $500,000 will be provided to develop the design and master plan for the park. In the second half of the same year $3.5 million will be provided for construction.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. to provide information on the proposed Wahikuli Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park. The meeting will be held at the Lahaina Civic Center, located at 1840 Honoapi`ilani Highway.This will be the first of a series of informational meetings concerning the proposed park.

The facilitated public information meeting will begin with a brief presentation by a DLNR staff member who will present a historical overview of the project, and continue with information regarding future plans and legal requirements. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Future meetings will be announced at a later date. DLNR officials say the meetings will be utilized to establish a Community Inclusive Planning Advisory Committee which will oversee the planning and development of the park.

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The Community Inclusive Planning Advisory Committee will be formed to identify public concerns, act as advisors for the final design, development and management of the park, and to assist with the development of sponsors or partners and future site development that further enhances the park and the community.

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(Posted by Wendy OSHER © 2009)

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