DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION
CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
PRE-RULEMAKING PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Commercial Tennis or Pickleball Lessons
City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has received a number of complaints regarding commercial vendors and non-profit organizations conducting private tennis lessons on City park tennis courts. In some areas, monopolization by these vendors and organizations has resulted in limiting the public’s recreational use of City tennis courts.
DPR recognizes that many O’ahu residents would like the opportunity to take a tennis lessons, but may not be able to afford access to private clubs that provide this service. However, DPR also recognizes that there are a limited number of public courts, and new court activities such as pickleball are increasing the number of recreational users desiring the use of the limited number of public courts. Accordingly, DPR is in the process of evaluating whether to designate tennis or pickleball lessons for a fee in City parks (hereinafter “commercial tennis or pickleball lessons”) as an authorized commercial activity allowed on public courts; and if so, the specific rules and regulations that should be imposed upon these activities to ensure primary recreational use of the courts is respected and maintained.
During the course of this public hearing to gather information to assist DPR in its evaluation of these activities, the Director or an authorized representative is requesting that the public provide oral and written testimony concerning the following survey, which will assist DPR in determining whether commercial lessons should be authorized as a permitted commercial activity in City parks.
The survey is available online using this link (case sensitive):
A hard copy of this survey is also available for those without computer/internet access. You can access these surveys at Kapolei Hale, 1000 Ulu’ohi’a Street, Suite 309, Kapolei, HI 96707 and the Parks Permit Section, Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building, 1st Floor, 650 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813 on weekdays (excluding holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The public hearing will be held on June 28, 2022 both virtually and in-person at Kapolei Hale, 1000 Ulu’ohi’a Street Room 312, Kapolei, HI 96707, starting at
2 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m.
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All interested persons are urged to attend the public hearing and present data, views, or arguments in the time limit provided, for consideration by DPR. Persons unable to attend or wishing to present additional comments may mail written testimony to the Department of Parks and Recreation, Park Maintenance and Recreation Services Division, 1000 Ulu’ohi’a Street, Suite 309, Kapolei, HI 96707, no later than July 5, 2022.
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LAURA H. THIELEN, Director
Department of Parks and Recreation