|May 02, 2002
Feds match sweat equity of Kamalani volunteers
By TGI Staff
The County of Kaua'i has executed a contract with Kauai Builders, Ltd.
to start work on a new bike and pedestrian path at Lydgate Park.
The project will consist of a 10-foot wide concrete path that will run
for two miles, a comfort station, maintenance building, landscaping, a
south park entrance and parking improvements.
The total amount of the contract is $2.1 million.
A grant from the Federal Highways Administration of $2.6 million was
secured for the project following the successful construction of Kamalani
Kai Bridge by volunteers. The play structure is located south of the main
section of Lydgate Park.
The FHWA approved $547,383 in credit for the required local match.
The credit is the estimated value of community labor used to build the
When completed, the path will connect the Kamalani Kai Bridge portion
of the park with the main Lydgate Park area. A groundbreaking will be
scheduled in the next month, and the project is expected to be completed
before the end of this year.
The concrete path will be the first phase of the Kaua'i Health Heritage
Trail. The trail would run the length of the island's East Side.
"We are so grateful to our community for their participation on
Kamalani Kai Bridge, which has made it possible to stretch our dollars
even further to enhance our beloved Lydgate Park," said Mayor Maryanne
Kusaka. "As an administration, we have been proud to work with the Friends
of Kamalani and the Federal Highways Administration."
The Mayor's office said phase two of the Kaua'i Health Heritage Trail
will be a Kapa'a to Kuna Bay leg, for which design is underway. A federal
grant secured by Senator Daniel Inouye has covered the design costs for
Phase-three will be a Lydgate Park to Kapa'a section of the trail, for
which design funds are being sought.