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Date : 14.08.04
100 Years of Waiting, Eternal Reunion Five Themes of Memory, Culture, Pleasure, Nature, and Participation. During the Japanese colonial occupation, the site of Busan Citizens Park once housed training facilities for Japanese soldiers and a horse racetrack before it was turned into a US Army base after independence was declared from Japan. On January 27, 2010, the US Army Camp Hialeah site was returned to the City of Busan and officially opened as a park on May 1, 2014. Busan Citizen Park consists of five themes: Memory, Culture, Pleasure, Nature, and Participation. There are 97 kinds trees planted across the site totaling upwards of 850,000 (46 kinds of arbor trees totaling 9,937 including ginko trees and 43 kinds of shrubs totaling 844,314). The park is also home to the Park History Hall, Park Information Center, Bujeon Creek (2.5 km), Jeonpo Creek (2.5 km), four fountains, six squares, and nine playgrounds. It also offers 902 parking spots, three cafes, two convenience stores, and 22 restrooms. To protect the site’s long history, buildings once used as old US Army dormitories, schools, and theaters were preserved and converted into a cultural arts village, library, and gallery café. These locations are used by many artists to operate their studios and also to hold various exhibitions, art markets, and sculpture festivals. The building that used to be the ticket booth for the horse races and later used as the officers’ club has been turned into the History Hall, exhibiting about 1100 pieces that tell the story of the 100-year history of the Busan Citizens Park site. In particular, the Hialeah Grass Square, which is six times larger than a soccer field, is located at the center of the park. The wooden light towers, which stand 26 m tall, were installed for the first time in Asia to illuminate the park at night.