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About park management dedicated to skateboarding in city park administration : Taking Naruto City's community opening facility "UZU Park" as an example
Ota, Mikiya Tokushima University
interview research
public competition
youth culture
city park administration
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Departmental Bulletin Paper
In recent years, an increasing number of local governments have set up skate parks as a means to foment "town development through the transmission of youth culture" in their city park strategy. In light of this movement, our research focused on the skateboard-only "UZU Park" opened in the public stadium in 2018 by Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture, and analyzed the literature materials, and interviewed the administrative staff to discover how the facility was introduced. The purpose was to examine the significance and problems of the town development strategy focusing on its functional aspects. We found that the introduction of a skate park as a unique children's play park was part of a redevelopment project of the former site due to the reduction of the spectator seats of the boat race track, while public competitions were also required to shift local attitudes towards "active co-creation". This initiative is part of a strategy to be the best in one’s region, and it became clear how it was expected to become a symbol and landmark of the town. In order to dispel the negative image of both skateboarding and boat races, it is also considered that the positive effect of the additional event of the Tokyo Olympics of skateboarding was utilized in the image enhancement strategy of the boat races. The convenience of transportation and the location of the public stadium, which is easily accessible, were also important factors in converting to a new co-creation space. Furthermore, with the declining birthrate and diversification of lifestyles, the value and attractiveness of new sports that can be freely enjoyed with a sense of leisure that does not adapt to the existing definition of mainstream sports have permeated. However, because it is a specialized facility, the number of users is limited, and there is a concern that non-skaters will be excluded. In that sense, in addition to building a coexistence model, such as the active utilization method of the general public, analysis, and verification of utilization effects will likely become issues for future study.
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