City interested in selling mini park property to private owner – KHON2

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The City and County of Honolulu is in the process of selling the Piikoi Mini Park, officials said the nearly 5,000 square-foot lot is a surplus property that has been underutilized for several years. But one group that advocated for more green spaces on the island said they wish the City would better use the park rather than sell it. 

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It is a city-owned piece of land that’s been raising concerns for the Makiki community. 

The Makiki Neighborhood Board Chair Ian Ross said residents have been bringing up issues at the park for years. 

Ross said, “This part has been a discussion topic for our neighborhood board for years, I mean there’s a lot of nuisance activities there.”

The Piikoi Mini Park is a 4,981-square-foot lot located on the corner of Piikoi and Lunalilo Streets. The City describes the lot as a remnant parcel left from a road widening project. There is a Biki station and some trees at the park, but no other amenities. 

The City’s Budget and Fiscal Services Deputy Director Carrie Castle said they appraised the land and plan to sell it for $112,000. 

“It’s a remnant property, there is no use,” said Castle. “I already reached out to DPR to see if they had any concerns and as a result, we thought it was in the best interest to move forward and be able to sell this property.”

The City cites community concerns about illegal activities at the park as part of the reasons to sell it. 

The party interested in purchasing the mini park is RV Ventures, LTD they are also the owners of the two parcels right next to the park. 

The property owner has not responded to questions by KHON about what they plan to do with the property. 

The Outdoor Circle Executive Director Winston Welch advocates for maintaining green spaces within the City. 

Welch said, “Instead of addressing what are the problems, which is adequate policing and maintenance we end up selling a public asset and although it’s a mini park it sets a bad precedent for the city.”

A spokesperson for the City and County said a “surplus property” is not necessary to provide outdoor and recreational needs to the community. 

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Money from the sale would go back to the park fund. 

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