Nike Japan is throwing the homeless out of Miyashita Park in Shibuya in order to build a skate park.
Nike Park, formerly Miyashita Park has been run down for many years now. Currently its inhabited by 34 homeless people that live in shacks made from tarps. They plan on cleaning up the park, turning it into a skate park and adding a cafe. They will charge a fee in order to use the skating area as well. In total, they will spend around 600 million yen (5.6 million dollars) renovating the park.
Feelings are mixed about this move from Nike. While many skaters are happy to have a place to skate, kicking out the homeless living there has sparked a debate. Currently, there is a group of activist that have set up a campaign called “Keep it Miyashita.” They hope to keep the park for the homeless so they will have a place to call home.