Playground of Hope #44
Address: Miyagi Prefecture, Higashimatsushima
Installation date: August 15, 2015
Sponsor: 24 Hour Television
Aoi Chiku is a newly constructed residential area in Higashi Matsushima City in Miyagi Prefecture. Built on land that was once only rice paddies, the new neighborhood is home to 580 families, with over 1,500 residents and 200 plus children. The project was jointly developed by Higashi Matsushima City and Urban Renaissance (UR). Playground of Hope was invited to participate in the development of two parks. The goal was two fold, to provide the residents of this new neighborhood with a sense of community involvement in their rebuilding process. It was also to involve older residents in a project that also served their needs, i.e. an exercise park, one of the biggest in all of Japan!