Taipei officially opened a new park Friday on the site of the former water treatment plant.
A map of the area is here:
For those who don’t read Chinese, the park is marked by a red circle. The green cross above it is the Gongguan (Kungkuan) MRT station.
There are several areas: wading pools and fountains for youngsters, a garden (which was hard to see, because I was there at night, and that section wasn’t lit), a museum in the old pump house, and woods that border the river.
The museum is basically the equipment from the water treatment plant there in its original building. Engineer-types should find it interesting. And the building is nice.
The woods are OK. If you walk to the top of the hill and then climb to the top of the water storage tank you’ll get what in Taipei passes for a good view. Being there helped me get rid of some of the accumulated claustrophobia I get by living here.
One complaint: Park designers here need to realize that paving stones several inches apart from each other and sticking out of the ground by an inch or so create a safety hazard, not a nice walkway.
Admission is NT$100, reduced to NT$80 in the evenings. The park closes at 10.
I think it’s worth a visit.