@Directeur has asked on Facebook for suggestions for an event / gym space close to the river to do some cycling seminars. This reminded me of an idea I had a while back. I’m going to gather my thoughts and some links here, for all-y’all to pick apart.
The “Mukogaoka Yuen” theme park (Jse wikipedia page) closed its gates more than 15 years ago. Currently there’s a Doraemon museum out front where the car park used to be. A tiny section of the former theme park site is a rose garden, run by Kawasaki City and open to the public for free a few times a year when the roses are in bloom. The remainder - and it’s a massive site - has been abandoned. The rides and most of the buildings have have been dismantled. However, according to this blog (in Japanese) the event hall was still standing in March 2002.
The closest station is Mukogaoka-yuen (1.2 km), on the Odakyu line. There was originally a monorail from that station to the theme park gates, some pillars of which can still be seen alongside the road. It’s not far from Noborito (1.5 km) and Kuji (1.7 km) stations. It’s just 1.3 km from the Tamagawa Cycle Path. It’s 2.8 km from the GS Astuto fabrik. It’s 1.6 km from my house.
Look at this place, guys. There’s SO much space, in such a beautiful location.
If only one had stacks of money, the possibilities are limitless: could build a velodrome, cyclocross course, VR pain cavern, MTB skills park, cross-country gravel and dirt trails, café, workshop, camp site, flea markets, festivals, whatever. It could be AMAZING.
Cycling is booming. In my meagre experience, getting money out of the likes of Shimano is very difficult. But there must be many other sources. Kawasaki city? The landowners? Keirin? Something-something Olympics? Crowdfunding?
When I retire, I’d want to volunteer to help run the place!
I have no business or project management acumen. Wouldn’t know where to start. It seems (from the Wikipedia page) that the land is owned by Odakyu Railways. They have a plan, they say, to redevelop, mainly with housing, but this is indefinitely frozen due to objections from local residents and economic slumping.