Kapaa Soccer Fields

County Of Kaua‘i Division Of Parks, Department Of Public Works Kapa‘a Soccer Complex

Preliminary Schematic Site Plan Alternatives – Submitted by SSFM International, Honolulu

I. Introduction
A summary of the factors considered in developing the preliminary site plan alternatives for theKapa‘a Soccer Complex is provided. Three (3) alternative schematic site plans were developed for this soccer complex.

II. Project Objectives
Based upon consultation with the Client, representatives from Kaua‘i’s soccer organizations (AYSO and HYSA), and members from the Kapa‘a Business Association, the following project objectives were identified:

  • A regulation size soccer field should be provided as top priority.
  • Aside from the regulation size field, the Kapa‘a Soccer Complex should try to accommodate as many field as possible.
  • Pedestrian and vehicular access across the Moikeha Canal should be provided to access the nearby Kapa‘a New Park.
  • Vehicular parking within the Kapa‘a Soccer Complex may be reduced in order to accommodate more soccer fields and practice space. However, access to parking spaces at the Kapa‘a New Park will need to be available.
  • Restroom facilities serving a regional park facility should be provided.
  • Landscaping should consists of wide-span trees rather than other permanent facilities such as pavilions and tables in order to keep the site flexible and dynamic for multiuses.

III. Existing Site Constraints
A site visit was conducted in April 2006 along with research of plans and references in order to assess the existing site conditions and identify site constraints. Consultation was also conducted with the State Department of Transportation (DOT) associated with their plans for the future permanent Kapa‘a Relief Route (Bypass Road). The following site constraints were identified:

  • The right-of-way proposed for the new highway (Kapa‘a Relief Route) will acquire a significant portion of the northern boundary of the project site.
    A proposed location for the site’s driveway access with the new Relief Route has been designated.
    A future extension of Kahau Road with bridge crossing the Moikeha Canal connecting to the project site is planned as part of the highway project. This would be constructed as part of the permanent Relief Route construction. Construction of these improvements are not planned to occur for many years.
  • The entire project site is situated within a flood hazard areas based upon the Flood
    Insurance Rate Map for the area. The flood designations include:
    Zone AE (base flood elevations determined).
    Zone X (areas of 500-year flood).
  • The triangular shape of the project site creates unusable areas to serve as a soccer field.
  • There is no existing roadway providing vehicular access to the project site. The existing cane haul road is being improved to serve as a one-way temporary bypass road while the permanent Relief Route is being planned.
  • There are no existing water or sewer facilities serving this site.
  • There are no existing pedestrian pathways to the site.
  • There are no appropriate off-site vehicular parking areas available in the immediate vicinity.

IV. Basis of Design Criteria
The following criteria were used as a basis for the conceptual site layouts of the soccer complex and alternatives development. Exhibit A identifies some of these criteria and site constraints.

  • The following field size design criteria was used.
    The maximum international regulation soccer field is 120 yards by 80 yards as determined by FIFA. The minimum size is 110 yards by 70 yards. The University of Hawai‘i Women’s Soccer Program’s NCAA match field, located within the Waipio Soccer Complex, is 120 yards by 76 yards. Either of these field dimensions will be suitable for high school, men’s, women’s and co-ed league games.
    A minimum field size for youth games (age 14 and under) is 100 yards by 60 yards.
    A minimum field size for youth games (age 12 and under) is 80 yards by 50 yards. A full size field can be divided in half to provide two (2) fields for this age group.
  • Ideally, multiple fields should all be parallel with one another for player depth analysis and orientation.
  • The daily sun pattern should run parallel to the width of the field so one team is not visually disrupted by the sun during early morning and late afternoon matches.
  • General trade wind patterns should run parallel to the width of the field to minimize balls being “hung up” or “taken” by the wind.
  • A minimum distance between fields is necessary for players to recognize different whistles during play and provide adequate spectator and team sitting areas. The minimum distance between fields should be about 25 feet.
  • The minimum number of parking stalls required per field is 12 stalls per the City and County of Honolulu standards. However, other parking considerations need to be addressed which include the following items:
    In general, each team usually has about 18 players with 2 coaches. Each game also requires three referees.
    Typically, teams warm up along the sidelines and in open spaces one hour prior to kick off while the current game is being played.

After a game, each team usually remains at the site for a team “cool down” and refreshments. General spectators, referees, parents, etc will require parking near the site.

  • The comfort station should be located near the parking area, in a central location for equal access to all parts of the field.
  • Extra space in the corners of the site could be used as practice areas, potluck areas, or for other passive recreational park uses.

V. Preliminary Schematic Alternative Plans
A total of three (3) alternative conceptual site plan layouts for the site were developed. These alternatives are identified as Alternatives 1, 2, and 3. A brief summary of the components for alternatives is provided below. It should be noted that each of these alternatives includes the following components:

  1. A future DOT constructed bridge connection over the Moikeha Canal connecting to the extension of Kahau Road.
    However, this bridge extension of Kahau Road would not occur for many years until the actual permanent Kapa‘a Relief Route is constructed.
  2. A comfort station of about 30 feet by 30 feet in size. This would accommodate 6 women stalls and 6+ men stalls/urinals. This footprint size is similar to a comfort station provided at the Waipio Soccer Complex.
  3. A 20-foot buffer area was established around each field. This buffer area would serve both teams and spectators.
  4. Open landscaped areas established at the site would be used for team warm up along with spectator gathering areas (ex. potluck, etc.).
  5. Fencing and landscaping (trees, etc.) will be provided on the site. This will be added to the plans after the basic field layouts and facility locations are established.

Alternative 1. Single Full Size Field

  • This alternative provides one regulation size field of 120 yards by 80 yards.
  • A number of parking stalls can be provided (range of 130 to 140 stalls).

Alternative 2. Two Fields

  • This alternative provides one regulation size field of 120 yards by 80 yards and one field of 110 yards by 70 yards.
  • A limited number of parking stalls are provided (range of 60 to 65 stalls). However, additional stalls could be added by reducing nearby open areas.

Alternative 3. Two Fields with Reduced Kapa‘a Relief Route Right-of-Way

  • Based upon preliminary discussion with the State DOT, it may be possible to request a reduced right-of-way for the Kapa‘a Relief Route and subsequent acquisition of property from the project site.
    A right-of-way reduction of about 25 feet was utilized in the plan developed.
    A formal request would need to be submitted to the State DOT for their evaluation and consideration.
    Since the State DOT is still preparing their Draft EIS for this project, there is opportunity to recommend this modification.
    There should still be enough right-of-way to add another northbound lane to this highway with sufficient buffer area. Since the area is relatively flat, there should be minimal cut and fill required that would affect necessary right-ofway.
  • This alternative provides two regulation size field of 120 yards by 80 yards.
  • A larger number of parking stalls could be provided (range of 100 to 110 stalls).