Daegu Public Works Completes New Park and Plans Another | Article

CAMP WALKER, Republic of Korea — July was a productive month for the U.S. Army Daegu Garrison Directorate of Public Works (DPW) as the team opened a new dog park and began the phase of design and development of a future skate park.

Both parks are a direct result of community feedback collected during town halls hosted by the USAG Daegu Garrison Command Team. The dog park was requested by residents of Camp Walker to give their canine companions ample space to run around unhindered.




Bentley, the canine companion of residents of U.S. Army Garrison Daegu Army Family Housing, relaxes under a dog playpen bench at Camp Walker, Republic of Korea, July 27, 2022. The dog playpen was requested by residents Army Family Housing towers that wanted a large area where their pets could run free.
(Photo Credit: U.S. Army Photo by Mathew Gleeson)

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“We must avoid making decisions in a vacuum,” said USAG Daegu Senior Enlisted Leader Command Sgt. Major Jonathon J. Blue. “We were able to find a great open space based on feedback from many residents of our Army Family Housing towers. We took that space and created something that was exactly what they were asking for.”

In some cases, it was even more than the residents had asked for.

“The community basically wanted a big field. Our DPW team went beyond that. They laid sod. They added park benches with shade over them and fountains so the dogs had water. water.”

“Pet owners I know love him. It’s a short walk from the high rises and he’s been well received by the community.”


U.S. Army Daegu Garrison personnel discuss the proposed layout and design of a skate park with community members at Camp Walker, Republic of Korea, July 27, 2022. The Directorate of USAG Daegu Public Works has invited community skateboarders to help design the park, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.



U.S. Army Daegu Garrison personnel discuss the proposed layout and design of a skate park with community members at Camp Walker, Republic of Korea, July 27, 2022. The Directorate of USAG Daegu Public Works has invited community skateboarders to help design the park, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.
(Photo Credit: U.S. Army Photo by Mathew Gleeson)

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With the dog park complete, DPW focused on a skate park near the Camp Walker Army Family Housing towers.

The skate park was an idea suggested by youth in the community during a series of teen forums held in the fall of 2021 at Daegu Middle High School. These forums also prompted work on an updated teen center.

“Creating this skate park is something we can’t achieve without community input,” Blue said.

The Garrison Command Team joined representatives from the DPW and USAG Daegu Security Office to discuss the skate park with local youth.

“When we do anything, we want to make sure the community has a voice in the decision-making process. DPW provides the engineering expertise to deliver a product tailored to the needs of the community,” said Chon Y. Kim , Director of US Department of Public Works of Daegu Garrison.

“We met a dozen kids at the site of the future skate park and asked them how they would like to see the skate park set up,” Blue said.

“Where would you like a half-pipe? Where would you like a launch ramp? Where would you like grind rails placed so you can actually get off a ramp and have a good run?”


US Army Garrison Daegu's Senior Command Command Sgt.  Maj. Jonathon J. Blue and Security Officer Randy Ross discuss the proposed layout and design of a skate park at Camp Walker, Republic of Korea, July 27, 2022. The Public Works Branch of the USAG Daegu invited skateboarders from the community to help design the park, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.



Sgt. Maj. Jonathon J. Blue and Security Officer Randy Ross discuss the proposed layout and design of a skate park at Camp Walker, Republic of Korea, July 27, 2022. The Public Works Branch of the USAG Daegu invited skateboarders from the community to help design the park, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.
(Photo Credit: U.S. Army Photo by Mathew Gleeson)

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“Ultimately, the skateboard park is theirs. They deserve only the best and our team is honored to serve our service members and their families,” Kim said.

The Camp Walker Skatepark is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2022 and will be located next to the Army Family Housing Tower 2 (Baekje Tower).

USAG Daegu is committed to making South Korea a mission of choice by developing close partnerships with community partners and providing services and support programs to soldiers, families, and civilians that improve the quality of life and make the facilities a pleasant place to live and work.

USAG Daegu is on Army.mil www.army.mil/daegu

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