In 2014, my staff and I surveyed neighbors of the Na Pueo Park former Alzheimer’s facility to determine what types of uses the community would likely support if the facility was to be reopened for use.
Our tally of responses included:
- Do you want the facility to continue to provide services to senior citizens? 80% support
- If yes, would you support its continued use as:
- Senior daycare center (no overnight stays)? 63% support
- Senior community center (exercise, arts and crafts)? 64% support
- Assisted living or senior/overnight residential facility? 26% support
- If no, do you believe the facility should be used for park programs instead? 26% support
In 2016-2017, nonprofit and government-affiliated healthcare and day health care programs expressed an interest in this facility, and the City Council appropriated funds to repair/renovate the facility for senior daycare use. However, in late 2017, City agencies overseeing the former Alzheimers facility determined that future costs of operating and maintaining the facility are becoming cost-prohibitive. Department of Community Services was also under a March 2018 deadline to reimburse HUD for $50,000 used for planning and construction of the former Alzheimers facility.
They proposed demolishing the facility and (a) returning the site under it to Department of Parks and Recreation for use as a dog park that community volunteers could help to maintain; or (b) disposing of sections of the parcel by remnant sale if it was determined to be too steep for use as a dog park.
I mailed a short survey questionnaire on the two alternatives to roughly 500 neighbors who live on streets abutting the Na Pueo Park. We received 71 responses, with 65% favoring the first alternative for dog park use, and 21% favoring disposition of the parcel as remnants if the topography was too steep for dog park use. My staff and I have transmitted the results of our survey questionnaire to the City agencies, and are working with them to complete the transition of the facility to Department of Parks and Recreation.