Ala Moana Beach Park Master Plan

As one of the premiere parks and historic spaces in the Honolulu’s “Lei of Green”, Ala Moana Regional Park, the “People’s Park”, has remained a beloved community space for generations without significant improvements in nearly 80 years.  To help expand short term enhancement projects into a long term vision for the park, the team proposed a mixture of new recreational amenities balanced with the preservation and refurbishment of the core historic structures anchoring the park. Looking forward, the design team studied various alternatives to address long-term improvements to the park in support of sustaining the park’s iconic scenery and role as a recreational resource within a growing city. The team engaged in a comprehensive data gathering phase examining feedback from more than 50,000 website interactions and dozens of stake holder interviews along with workshops for both the public and various city departments.  Based on initial responses, a strategic plan was developed focusing on three fundamental classifications of improvements; restoring existing features to preserve the celebrated character, activating areas of the park that are currently underutilized, and further enhancing well-used elements.

Park-wide improvements such as beach nourishment, new site furnishings, efficient lighting, and reconfigured circulation elements were proposed to enhance daily user experiences. Replacement of the existing drainage channel through the integration of green infrastructure and creation of new wetland features aims to increase biodiversity and reconnect visitors with natural shoreline environments. Restoration and expansion of the historic McCoy pavilion invites more people into the underutilized courtyard and supports new public programming opportunities. A widened beach promenade and new marina boardwalk further activate the oceanfront as a unique family destination. From benches and bollards to plantings and pavilions, the comprehensive plan aims to promote safety, activate under-used areas, and allow new ways the community to experience the exceptional shoreline beauty through the creation of a cohesive architectural design.

  • Location: Honolulu, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i
  • Client: City and County of Honolulu
  • Program: Repurpose and redevelop park and recreations spaces, landscaping, & overall park-wide improvements
  • Status: Master Planning/Feasibility Study

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