Daan Forest Park

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Daan Forest Park
Daan Park Ecological Pool West Zone.jpg
The Ecological Pool in the centre of Daan Forest Park
Type Municipal
Location Taipei
Coordinates 25°01′47″N 121°32′10″E / 25.0297299°N 121.5361368°E / 25.0297299; 121.5361368Coordinates: 25°01′47″N 121°32′10″E / 25.0297299°N 121.5361368°E / 25.0297299; 121.5361368
Area 260,000 m2 (64 acres)
Created 1994
Open All year
Parking Underground parking garage
Daan Forest Park
Traditional Chinese 大安森林公園
Simplified Chinese 大安森林公园

Daan Forest Park or Da'an Park is a public park located near the centre of the Da'an District of Taipei, Taiwan. The park occupies twenty-six hectares and is bordered on its North, South, East and West by Xinyi Road, Heping Road, Jianguo Road and Xinsheng Road, respectively. The park is used by residents of Taipei as a green activity space and for various outdoor activities.[1] The park was created in 1994 after the eviction of longtime squatters and the demolition of illegal buildings on municipal land, not by mayor Chen Shui-bian, as is often cited, but by his predecessor, Huang Ta-chou.

Daan Forest Park was intended to play a similar role as other major city parks such as New York City's Central Park and London's Hyde Park, acting as the "lungs of Taipei city" and as respite for residents from the bustle of life in Taipei.[2][3] Similar to the large parks of other cities, Daan Park is surrounded by high price luxury condominiums that fetch a premium due to their desirable views, some reaching the price of $400 million New Taiwan dollars (approximately $14 million US dollars) in 2012.[4]

The park is home to a wide variety of animals including squirrels, and several species of ducks, egrets, and turtles.[2] Daan Forest park contains two ponds, several pavilions, and strolling paths, and well as cultural recreational facilities such as an amphitheatre, children's playground, a jogging loop, and a skating rink. It also contains an underground parking garage.

Transportation[edit]

Direct access to the park by Taipei Metro is provided by the Daan Park Station located at the Northern end of the park. However, the park is also accessible within walking distance West from Daan Station of the Taipei Metro.

Gallery[edit]

Sign for the Daan Forest park at the Northwest entrance of the park 
Northeast entrance of the park 
A wide variety of trees in the park 
Tiled activity park in the Northeast corner of the park. 
Various palms in the park 
The formerly controversial Daan Forest Park Guanyin statue 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Daan District:Daan Forest Park, Taipei City Government, 2010-01-28 
  2. ^ a b Daan Forest Park, Go2Taiwan, April 29, 2010 
  3. ^ Da'an Park, Tourism Bureau, Republic of China (Taiwan), 2012 
  4. ^ "Ex-ING manager indicted on fund misuse", The China Post, November 8, 2012