What We’re Doing
Working hand-in-hand with community members to bring their vision of parks and green spaces to life.
Transform ʻAʻala Park into a vibrant, safe, and welcome gathering space.
To ensure that ‘A’ala Park is created with the community, not just for them, Trust for Public Land spent a year listening to resident voices, gathering data, and researching the park’s history to compile in this Grassroots Community Engagement Report. Their desire is clear: residents want a safe park with more activity and programs.
TPL is working with local partners to host classes, sporting events, cultural festivities, resource fairs, and public art at the park. We have simultaneously embarked on a community design process in partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi Community Design Center to create a Proof-of-Concept for park improvements.
At TPL, community is at the center of everything we do. We’re listening to residents, surrounding businesses, visitors, and the community-at-large to help enact their vision of ‘A‘ala Park.
TPL and the University of Hawai‘i Community Design Center (UHCDC) engaged the ʻAʻala Park community in a hands-on, interactive design process for park improvements, programming, and activations.
Based on the results, UHCDC developed a proof-of-concept design for ʻAʻala Park improvements. Created alongside the community, this project will lay the groundwork for enhancing the park to address local needs, providing greater benefit to residents, and cultivating long-term park stewardship.
Grassroots Community Engagement Report
Community Led Proof of Concept Design Process
First Phase of Community Led Proof of Concept Design
Across 5 sessions, we collaborated with 154 community participants.
Second Phase of Community Led Proof of Concept Design
Across 4 sessions, we collaborated with 99 community participants.
Third Phase of Community Led Proof of Concept Design
Across 3 sessions, we collaborated with 86 community participants.
Final Proof of Concept Design
‘A‘ala Park Coloring Book Made in Partnership with Students of Farrington High School
Explore Our Parks for People Program in Hawaiʻi