CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Parks, apartments and government offices will take the place of U.S. Army camps in Uijeongbu City over the next few years, South Korean officials say.

Uijeongbu City planning division official Choi Chang-sun said Tuesday that the city has made plans for several camps that 2nd Infantry Division units are vacating or are in the process of vacating this year.

Camp Sears, which closed last week, and Camp Kyle, due to close next week, are scheduled to be returned to South Korea in 2006 and will become administrative centers for Uijeongbu, Choi said.

“In those areas, the city is to build a district court, prosecutors office, police station and other administrative offices,” he said.

Camp Falling Water, which will be turned over to the South Korean government by the end of this year, will be turned into a park, a green zone and citizens’ square. Camp LaGuardia, to be turned over in 2006, will become a park used for cultural demonstrations, performances, concerts and exhibitions in a neighborhood lacking such a facility, Choi said.

The city next will develop plans for returning camps Essayons, Stanley, Jackson and Red Cloud, he said.

Camp Essayons, which closed in September and is to be returned to South Korea in 2008, might be turned into an “environmentally friendly and ecological residential compound.” Camp Stanley, scheduled to close by 2011, might become a park featuring a variety of sports facilities including a multi-purpose physical training center. Nearby Camp Jackson also eventually will become a recreation area, Choi said.

When Camp Red Cloud is returned to South Korea, the base may become an ecologically friendly residential district with education and research centers and theme parks, he said.

Dongducheon City official Oh Young-jun said plans for development of U.S. bases in the city, including camps Casey, Nimble, Castle and Hovey, will be released at the end of this year.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.

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