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Seoul to create more modular parks to reduce particulate matter levels

The completed moving parks with planters can be temporarily relocated using a crane or forklift when there are events to be held and rearranged to suit a new space.

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A proposed modular park for Sangam Cultural Square in Mapo-gu
A proposed modular park for Sangam Cultural Square in Mapo-gu

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is planning to create modular parks that can be easily installed to improve the city’s landscape and reduce particulate matter levels.

 

The parks aim to offer shade over concrete ground and the eight planned locations include Gangnam Station, Seoul Forest Station and Bangbae Café Street.

 

Green shelters

 

Small spaces will be created for the modular parks in empty lots on, for example, the side of the road or in paved areas, by assembling multiple mobile planters (portable water foundations) and resting facilities.

 

It is a fast and easy way to create green shelters on the surfaces paved with concrete or asphalt, and on empty lots where it is difficult to secure a depth of soil to plant trees without the ground work.

 

The completed moving parks can be temporarily relocated using a crane or forklift when there are events to be held. The planters can be also rearranged to suit characteristics of each location to create unique spaces.

 

How the park in front of Hwagok Station exits in Gangseo-gu might look
How the park in front of Hwagok Station exits in Gangseo-gu might look

The SMG started creating modular parks in 2019 and currently has 16 in different locations across the city. This year’s eight locations have been chosen because they lack green areas and shade such as a square in front of a subway station or spaces around residential areas.

 

SMG also plans to plant tall trees that can cast greater shade areas, and increase the number of trees in general in comparison to last year. In addition, the government will introduce social distancing benches (one-person benches) to help tackle Covid-19 as well as other infectious diseases.

 

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