The Town of Smyrna has officially opened Zama Park, a pocket park honoring the relationship with Smyrna’s Sister City, Zama, Japan.

Over 30 years ago, this relationship began with educational, social, cultural, and business exchanges after Smyrna’s selection as home to Nissan Group of North America’s first manufacturing facility.

This rendering shows Smyrna plans for a "Zama Park" southwest of the intersection for Lowry and Washington streets.

Last year, Mayor Reed and Smyrna City Council members visited Zama. They saw a park there and had the idea to reproduce it here in Smyrna. Thanks to the support of Mayor Reed, the City Council, and the people of Smyrna, that idea is now a reality.

On September 16th, Consul-General Kayoko Fukushima attended the the Zama Park opening ceremony.

Consul-General Fukushima spoke at the ceremony about the powerful connections built between Smyrna and Zama through not only this new park, but also initial business connections which flourished into things like student exchange programs and so much more.

Although it is currently difficult for in-person exchange between the people of Zama and Smyrna, Consul-General Fukushima said she is glad that this park can stand as a symbol of friendship.