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We Have New Play Equipment! Renovating Parks in Higashimatsushima City (June 17, 2013)

Save the Children Japan (SCJ) has conducted park maintenance in Ishinomaki City, with the aim of creating safe environments for children to play, learn and grow. In 2013, we completed maintenance of four parks in Higashimatsushima City, namely Minamishinmachi Park, Shimomachi Park, Mini Park No. 71 and Minamiakai Park. On completion we had an opening ceremony with children. I would like to share with you some photos and information about the opening.

 

■New play equipment!

The existing parks in Ishinomaki were greatly damaged by the tsunami of 2011. In order to make the parks in Ishinomaki safe, we removed the old play equipment and replaced it with new equipment. In cooperation with the Construction Division of City Hall, the rebuilding of these four parks started in April 2013, and was completed in May 2013.

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[Akai Area: Minamishinmachi Park]
The park has springy play equipment that younger children can play on. Let’s leave by plane or ship! A roofed rest house was constructed as well as a jungle gym and a space cube for the next generation!

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[Yamoto Area: Shimomachi Park]
We couldn’t play on the old equipment because it was too old and damaged. Now we have new play equipment that moves from side to side. Its name is “pururun.” You can play inside with your friends!

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[Ono Area: Mini Park No. 71]
This is called the Mini Park but it is actually quite spacious! We made a special effort so that many children can play at the same time. We also installed equipment for older children. The photo shows a towering climbing wall.

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[Akai Area: Minamiakai Park]
This park used to have a variety of wooden play equipment, however, it was flooded by the tsunami and the equipment was severely damaged. Now new play equipment has been installed. Children can now go up and down and round and round on the new equipment! The atmosphere here is much brighter now.

 

■ The opening of the parks!

At Minamiakai Park on May 18, 2013, we had a park renewal opening event. We were blessed with fine weather and 113 children and 60 adults gathered at the venue. At the ceremony Mr. Onuma (Deputy Mayor of Higashimatsushima City), Mr. Ishikawa (Mayor of Minami-2 ward) and Mr. Inatomi (Area Manager of Plenus Co., Ltd.) cut the opening tape for us. The mascot character of Higashimatsushima City, “EAT-kun” also came to celebrate with us.

 

After the ceremony, the children joined us in an entertainment program.
- Quiz: What kind of accidents can occur with play equipment? What is the safest clothing to wear when playing?
– POKÉMON with YOU Wagon: Eco bags and Pikachu on stage with music!
– Play Equipment Interview: We ask the children for their comments on the new play equipment.

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It starts soon!E-to kun watches the tape-cutting ceremony.

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Such a long queue at reception!The Pokémon eco bags were easily the most popular.

Many children wanted to try the climbing wall.

Many children wanted to try the climbing wall.

A spinning playground toy called “Nyokki.” Even with their small bodies the children made it spin so fast!

A spinning playground toy called “Nyokki.” Even with their small bodies the children made it spin so fast!

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We conducted interviews about the new play equipment.
We asked the children what they thought were the good and bad things about the new play equipment, and what they should take care with when using it. At the end, they gave new names to each piece of equipment!

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The stage of quiz and rhythm. We all got excited with Pikachu!
The “Play Equipment Interview” is becoming a regular part of our park improvement projects. The children give us many opinions from their point of view. They provided us with feedback about what they find interesting in the new play equipment, what they should be careful about for their safety and they gave a nickname for each piece of equipment. We will collate these opinions and report back to Higashimatsushima City Hall.

Looking back, once we had the idea the park maintenance was completed so quickly! By removing the old play equipment damaged by the tsunami with new equipment, I think the parks have became even more comfortable places than before for a wider range of children to come and play. SCJ will continue making efforts to provide safe and secure playing grounds for children.

  • This park maintenance project was realized with the generous support of Hotto Motto (a brand name for take-away lunch boxes) through their “one yen for one meal” campaign. For the organization of the opening event we would also like to thank the Pokémon Company and the officers from the Higashimatsushima Construction Department for their kind support.

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to everybody who supported us in this project.

(Reported by IIbe, Sendai Office)