Woof Pack Hope­ful On Ka­iaka Bay Dog Park

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Islander - By JES­SICA GOOLSBY

Re­cent ad­vances in the Ka­iaka Bay Beach Park dog park pro­posal have North Shore res­i­dents wag­ging their tails, though no timeline is set yet for construction.

Kyoko Nakayama, cre­ator of North Shore Woof Pack (www.nswoof­pack.org) and driv­ing force be­hind the project, is happy with the feed­back she has got­ten thus far from the city and the com­mu­nity.

“I would say that the pub­lic re­sponse has been about 99 per­cent pos­i­tive,” she said. She and other vol­un­teers combed the area ear­lier this year, gath­er­ing nearly 400 sig­na­tures in sup­port of the dog park, which is es­ti­mated to cost $60,000 and cover 1.5 acres of city land. The pe­ti­tion was given to the city parks depart­ment in Fe­bru­ary, and the pro­posal brought be­fore North Shore Neigh­bor­hood Board soon af­ter.

“I think if we had kept go­ing we could have got­ten thou­sands of sig­na­tures be­cause of the amount of peo­ple who have and love dogs on the North Shore,” Nakayama added.

Neigh­bor­hood board chair­man Michael Lyons be­lieves the dog park would be a nice ad­di­tion to the com­mu­nity. “The board voted over­whelm­ingly for it,” he said. “There was only one neg­a­tive vote among us, but Nakayama and oth­ers went back and amended their plans to ac­com­mo­date that per­son’s con­cerns.”

Nakayama noted that they tried to ad­dress con­cerns res­i­dents raised, such as noise. “We did our best to pro­pose this park for the best lo­ca­tion, but as with any com­mu­nity project it’s im­pos­si­ble to make every­one happy.”

“If you have a pack of 50 dogs, then yes, the neigh­bors might get an­noyed by the dogs (re­gard­ing noise),” Lyons said. “But take Mililani and Hawaii Kai, for ex­am­ple. Their dog parks rarely have more than three or four dogs present at a time.”

Woof Pack awaits IRS ap­proval for its tax-ex­empt sta­tus, and it plans to sub­mit a new park de­sign soon.

Lyons hopes to see construction start by the end of the year.“Last I heard, they’re wait­ing on fund­ing is­sues to be re­solved with the city,” he said. “They have to ap­prove th­ese projects for a six-year pro­jec­tion on fu­ture costs, so hope­fully it will work out and the city will set this project in mo­tion soon.”

Wahi­awa’s Corinne Burns lobs the ball for It’s All G at the USTA League Hawaii Pa­cific sec­tion cham­pi­onships Aug. 23 at Cen­tral Oahu Re­gional Park courts. Photo by By­ron Lee, by­ron­lee@mid­week.com.

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