During the West Kaua‘i Community Plan (WKCP) process, improving and expanding the recreational facilities in Waimea and determining funding options for designing any new parks through a community public outreach process were identified as goals by the West Side community. This master plan will strive to accomplish these goals for the Waimea 400 project site.
Recreational facilities that already exist within the Waimea/Kekaha area include various parks with outdoor amenities, an athletic field, baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, and a pool. Waimea 400 provides a chance to expand the recreational facilities in the area and complement the existing uses.
What happened with the past sports complex plan on the Waimea 400 property? Under contract with the County of Kaua‘i, the Kaua‘i Planning and Action Alliance and Kimura International prepared a Waimea Sports Complex Master Plan and Economic Development Potential Study for a 78-acre portion of the site in 2013. The plan proposed a baseball and softball complex, soccer complex, track and field infrastructure, football field, covered basketball courts, pavilions, bathrooms, bicycle and pedestrian path, circulation and parking, and landscaping and water features. This effort did not move forward due to concerns over the cost of developing and maintaining the facility as well as not having the land secured at the time.
What are some of the recreational use ideas that have come up for Waimea 400? Many active and passive recreational uses have been proposed by the community members that took the initial survey, and those who attended the community meetings in March of 2021. They are listed below:
Passive recreational uses: Activities that do not require extensive improvements and place minimal stress on a site's resources; as a result, they can provide ecosystem service benefits and are highly compatible with natural resource protection if designed and managed appropriately.
Outdoor Workout Equipment
Active recreational uses: Structured individual or team activities that require the use of special facilities, courses, fields, or equipment.