From Nike Japan Press Release, October 10, 2020 – Nike believes that “if you have a body, you’re an athlete” and that the future of sport is accessible, inclusive and sustainable. Over the past year, guided by these values, Nike has been working diligently to find a way of bringing sport to athletes of all abilities in Tokyo.
On Saturday, October 10, in partnership with Mitsui Fudosan Residential Co., TOKYO SPORT PLAYGROUND opened, a new urban park design concept that creates a fun, inclusive and exciting experience of play and sport in Tokyo.
Nike Japan teammates, in partnership with Harper’s Playground, have done a tremendous job designing the park, taking a progressive approach to sport and including new Olympic events such as 3-on-3 basketball and skateboarding, as well as an open area to host programming around dance, yoga and other forms of play and movement. The team also lead with sustainability and accessibility. Here are a few fast facts:
- The park was built with a selection of lower-impact materials with 35% of the park surface across the track and basketball courts made of Nike Grind and decorative Club House features are made of reclaimed wood.
- The installations throughout the park were designed with a thoughtful approach to waste, made of materials that can be easily taken apart, recognizing the value of each component and how they can be reused or recycled in the future.
- To reduce waste caused by bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) there are no refreshment vending machines in the park, with water fountains available for free water refills.
- Every section of the park is wheelchair accessible, including some of the skatepark features and carousel. In addition, the surface features 5% or less hill grade and adjacent parking spaces for easy access.
- The team also adopted classic sneaker names across spaces of the park that Tokyo consumers know and love, including Cortez Track, Waffle Trainer Square, ACG Adventure, Air Raid Court, SB Dunk Skateplaza and the Air Max Terrace. The park will feel almost as if it’s an open-air museum with each area including a brief description of the classic sneaker.”
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