Sat, Dec 28, 2002 - Page 16 News List

Making room for nature

It seemed like a good idea at the time, but a group of Taipei residents are starting to second-guess their decision to build an eco-friendly park in their borough


According to Guo, it will take at least couple of years to get the park into shape. "It's about building up the whole food chain. In a city where there's interference from humans, this takes longer. Ecological parks don't happen overnight," she said.

While admitting that the park left much to be desired, Guo, one of the judges on the committee that gave the urban planning award to the park, defended those who planned it.

"We gave the award to the park project partly to recognize the courage of the borough office. It's difficult to manage an ecological park. They were the only ones who dared to. There will always be people blaming and pointing fingers before any positive results can be seen," she said.

The park's future depends on the outcome of the upcoming borough warden elections, scheduled for Jan 4.

"It simply cannot possibly be an ecological park. I will give it back its old face," Peng Chun-hua (彭春花), the other candidate in the borough warden race, said. "I'll get rid of the concrete and plant the trees back. What the residents need is a simple park where the children and the elderly can spend time."

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