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Refurbishing of Miyashita Park at Shibuya City

【Inquiries】Public Works Department, Parks Division, Parks Management Section(Phone: 03-3463-2876)

We are pleased to announce that Shibuya City is to refurbish Miyashita Park into a relaxing public Park surrounded by natural greenery which can be enjoyed by everyone from children to the elderly.

Features of the refurbished Park

  • Barrier-free design, including the installation of an elevator enabling the physically handicapped and elderly to access the Park
  • Improved Park lighting for a brighter and safer Park
  • Pruning and re-planting of the existing trees to improve and maintain the current green environment
  • Expanded free space for people to relax
  • Increased sports facilities(*1) - a climbing wall and skateboard Park will be added to the existing futsal court - for people of all ages to enjoy sports safely

The Park, including its sports facilities, will be administered by Shibuya City. Parks admission will be free of charge but Shibuya City will collect fees for the use of sports facilities, which will be used for the administration and maintenance of the Park including the climbing wall and skateboard Park as well as the arrangement of instructors to ensure user's safety in these facilities. All facilities in the Park are public and there will not be any privately-owned facilities for the purpose of making commercial gains. The sports facilities will be open till 10 pm. The opening hours of the Park will be decided in conjunction with nearby residents.

Construction starts to carry out in early October 2010 and the Park is expected to re-open late April 2011. The refurbishing of Miyashita Park is supported by Nike Japan under the Naming Rights Agreement.

(*1) The usage fee for sports facilities are: Futsal court - ¥4,000-7,000 per hour per court Climbing wall - ¥350 per adult or ¥200 per elementary / junior high school student for every 2 hours Skateboard Park - ¥200 per adult or ¥100 per elementary / junior high school student for every 2 hours

Background

Shibuya City decided to refurbish Miyashita Park after continuously receiving numerous requests from local residents and local sports organizations to transform the Park into a place with sports facilities which children and the entire family can enjoy. Miyashita Park has been under-utilized for a long time due to unclaimed objects and garbage being left in the park. In addition, the City could not prune overgrown trees, resulting in the Park becoming an unsafe place and failing to perform its function as a place for residents and visitors to relax. Since the announcement of the refurbishing plan, all nine local residential communities and shopping district associations have voiced their support for the project.

Shibuya City closed the Park on September 15th to avoid any issues. In addition, Shibuya City, as the administrator of the Park, undertook procedures(*2) to remove unclaimed objects and to restore legal order.

(*2) The administrative subrogation procedure is undertaken when unclaimed / occupied objects left derelict are considered to be a disservice to the public and do not conform government/local government regulations.

Shibuya City's support for the homeless

Shibuya City has proactively provided humane support for people without registered domiciles ("homeless") illegally residing in the Park. In 2009, Shibuya City has offered housing support and aid so that the homeless can self-sufficient after conducting one-to-one consultations(*3). As a result, all 30 homeless people who used to occupy the Park have been comfortably relocated.

(*3) 105 homeless people resided in Miyashita Park in 2004. The number of homeless people decreased by 30 due to welfare support services provided by Shibuya City at the timing of the construction of futsal court. There were still 30 homeless people residing in the Park in September 2009. Upon the construction of the refurbishing plan, Shibuya City Parks Management and Life and Welfare sections jointly conducted a survey to understand each homeless person's requirement. In addition, both divisions have conducted patrolling and regular one-on-one consultations to encourage them to become self-supporting using public support initiatives and public welfare assistance. Furthermore, the City has been mediating between homeless people and the emergency protection centers, independent support centers. Alternate site for setting tents have also been offered to the homeless people. As a result, some homeless have become independent and now reside in apartments. As of October 8, 2010, the last remaining homeless person in Miyashita Park has voluntarily moved to an alternate site.

New look of the refurbished Park

Brighter and safer park with improved park lighting, pruning and re-planting of trees
Brighter and safer park with improved park lighting, pruning and re-planting of trees

New facilities will cater to the elderly and physically handicapped
New facilities will cater to the elderly and physically handicapped

Free space dedicated to casual strolls and simple relaxation will increase
Free space dedicated to casual strolls and simple relaxation will increase

New facilities will allow anyone to enjoy sports
New facilities will allow anyone to enjoy sports


 

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