< Major city policies to be changed in 2018 >
In order to support families planning to have children in the current age of low birth rates, postnatal visiting services will be put into effect from July 2018. Every family going through the process of childbirth will be provided with a dispatched postnatal health management assistant. Furthermore, the age range of children eligible to receive free influenza vaccinations will be expanded from those between six months and under 59 months, to those between six months and 12 years old. In addition, to minimize inconvenience for the blind and visually impaired, card braille stickers, which can be used to distinguish cards and/or IDs, will be distributed free of charge at community service centers from May 2018.
Also, the expansion of national and public daycare centers (to be completed in 2018 with 1000 centers being added) will help more children be admitted to public facilities. The “Ttareungyi” public bike rental service will be expanded to 1,540 locations, and existing services which have gathered much support from the public, such as the installation of 155 additional decorative bathrooms, will continue to be pursued. Meanwhile, all 22 of Seoul City’s parks under its direct management will be designated as “alcohol free zones.”
< Major facilities to be opened in 2018 >
In April, the Sinchon Culture Center will be opened and provide infrastructure to support the activities of artists and other people pursuing cultural interests. The Sinchon Culture Center is scheduled to be built on four above-ground floors and two basement levels in the Sinchon area (47 Yonsei-ro 2na-gil, Seodaemun-gu), and will be known as Seoul’s representative cultural space. It will provide a culture platform service for artists and other people pursuing cultural interests that supports their design, creation, presentation, and exhibition activities. Moreover, it will also work to develop a network among artists by operating cultural spaces and cafes within the Culture Center premises.
Seoul Botanic Park, where people can enjoy plants and botanical culture, is expected to open in early 2018. Being designed in Magok, Gangseo-gu on a scale of 540,000㎡, it will consist of four spaces: the ① Open Forest Park, ② Botanical Garden, ③ Lake Park, and ④ Wetland Eco Center. Three thousand types of plants will be on exhibit, centered in greenhouses and themed gardens. It is expected to become a world-class botanical park, a space for education and culture where the city and nature coexist.
Seoul City will distribute “Changing Life in Seoul, 2018” to autonomous local offices and community service centers as a way to introduce new or changing policies for the new year. The guide will also be posted online at Seoul City’s e-book site (http://ebook.seoul.go.kr/).