Possible ‘Safe Space’ site in Hilo draws concerns

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Tony Thompson, general manager at the Hilo Lagoon Center, looks across the parking Thursday lot that could be used as a site for the "Safe Spaces" initiative.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald This parking lot near Wailoa Art Center could be used as a site for a government-sanctioned homeless camp.

Hilo residents’ concerns about the possibility that a government-sanctioned homeless camp could be created near Wailoa River State Recreation Area are premature, Hawaii County and state officials said last week.