Tenth Anniversary of Amagasaki Sports Forest
Ten years have passed since the opening of Amagasaki Sports Forest in May 2006. To make its “Amagasaki 21st Century Forest Concept” a reality, as a city that creates an environment where forest, water, and people coexist, the facility has launched operations through a private finance initiative (PFI) that extend through to planning, construction, operation, maintenance, and administration by Hyogo Prefecture as the Amagasaki Forest Central Green Belt health-promotion facility by developing one part this area.
One feature of this facility is availability for use by a broad range of persons, from children to the elderly, including holding all-Japan tournament events, mainly for swimming and ice skating. YMC operates, maintains, and manages Amagasaki Sports Forest as a multipurpose sports facility that includes a 25-meter indoor pool for swimming year-round, an international-regulation 50-meter indoor pool that is converted for ice skating in winter, a futsal field, an outdoor water park, a ground golf course, and more. The facility has proved popular among users, whose numbers of around 460,000 persons per year vastly surpass the projected figures of initial plans.
The website for Amagasaki Sports Forest: http://www.a-spo.com
To commemorate the facility’s tenth anniversary, a swimming tournament was held simultaneously with celebrations for the centennial of the City of Amagasaki. London Olympics medalist Aya Terakawa was on hand as an invited guest to brighten the ceremony and the tournament, with a swimming clinic and competition for swimmers chasing their dreams. We also received endorsement of the Amagasaki 21st Century Forest Concept and, together with persons connected with Hyogo Prefecture, conducted tree-plantings of saplings sprouted from seed, thereby making a tremendous contribution to the creation of a centennial forest.
Private Finance Initiative
This is a method of conducting public projects involving the construction, maintenance, or operation of public facilities and other such infrastructure by using private-sector funding, management capabilities, and technical strength.
Fujikatsu Imasato, Pool Business Development Section