HONOLULU (KITV) - UPDATE

The public has until 11:59 p.m. Monday night to submit testimony.  The two week extension announced Monday morning has not been approved.  

A statement released by the Mayor's office at Monday, 7:04 p.m. says:

Please see below statement from Managing Director Roy K Amemiya Jr.:

At the Parks, Customer Services and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee Meeting today the City Administration agreed to a 2 week extension on the 2nd Draft Environmental Statement (EIS) Public Comment period to April 8, 2019. Unfortunately, the project consultant contacted the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) and learned that a two week extension is not allowed. We apologize for the miscommunication and encourage the public to provide their comments by 11:59PM tonight.  Information on the project and 2nd Draft EIS can be found here: http://www.honolulu.gov/parks/default/park-locations/182-site-dpr-cat/30221-ala-moana-regional-park.html

The City Administration is willing to accept comments on the project after March 25, 2019, though they will not be incorporated into the 2nd Draft EIS.

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Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation Jeanne Ishikawa announced the deadline for public comments regarding changes to Ala Moana Beach Regional Park has been extended by two weeks.

The new deadline to submit comments and testimony is April 8, 2019, 11:59 pm. Today was scheduled to be the last day to comment on a proposed plan to changes Ala Moana regional park.

The city is looking at reconfiguring parking, widening walkways, opening a dog park and constructing a multi-million dollar "world class" playground.

At a city parks committee meeting held at 9 AM Monday, Committee Chair, Heidi Tsuneyoshi and Council Member Mike Formby asked the Parks administrators to extend the public comment period on the changes to the park which were due on March 25th by 11:59 P.M.

That request was granted and the deadline was extended.

Members of the public were registered to submit testimony on Monday, and those that did oppose renovations to the parks parking areas, the addition of the children's water-feature and playground, and dog park.

Those who testified before the council asked that the park is maintained instead of renovated or remodeled.

Chair Heidi Tsuneyoshi called her resolution "Keep it Green and Keep it Clean," an apparent call to keep areas of the park that are meant to be green, cared for and to maintain the usefulness and cleanliness of the park as a whole.