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Autumn is the time of year that many park projects are undertaken in the islands. The Reeds Bay Beach Park on the big island of Hawaii will close four four months this fall to allow for improvements.
The closure begins Monday, August 29 and is slated to last through the end of the year. During that time, the parking area and shoreline will remain open to the public, but construction activities may intrude from time to time. Boaters will be allowed to launch and land, although the work may limit times or areas. Other water users, such as kayakers, paddle boarders and beach goers, are asked to avoid the Reeds Bay area until it reopens. The County of Hawaii Department of Parks and Recreation suggests they use nearby Kuhio Kalanianaole Park or Hilo Bayfront Beach Park.
According to the Parks and Recreation news release, park improvements will include: “new accessible walkways with integrated seat walls, grassing and landscaping, and new park amenities such as outdoor showers, a drinking fountain and picnic tables.” The department apologizes for the inconvenience of the temporary closure and thanks the public for its cooperation “as we strive to improve our community for the benefit of all.”
Reeds Bay Beach Park is near the Hilo airport and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. It has white coral sand and a lava rock beach. Apparently, it had been possible to drive on the beach. It is not clear from the county news release whether the restriction on vehicles is temporary during construction or will be a permanent part of the improvements.