The Taipei City Government’s Hydraulic Engineering Office is planning to open a 12-hectare general campsite in the Huazhong Riverside Park at the end of Wanda Rd. In addition to space for camping vehicles and tents, there are also some sports fields and a children’s playground for leisure and recreational activities. The campsite is set to open by the end of this month, and it will temporarily be free to use, with only a deposit required. For more information, call (02) 2725-8182.
There are parking spaces for 33 camper vans in the campsite, and the tent area can accommodate up to 800 people. Plus, there are four shower rooms each for men and women, along with 10 washbasins and recharging equipment. It will be the first public campsite in Taipei City where water and electricity are provided.
The Hydraulic Engineering Office originally planned to open the campsite at the end of August. After inspecting the site, however, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said that, given that construction is complete, it should be opened earlier so that the public can use it during the summer vacation. Hau said there is still room for improvement in the venue’s planning and organization, and he called on the management to thicken the lawn and mark out the spaces for bigger and smaller tents according to how many people they can accommodate.
Senior Engineer He Shun-hua of the office’s works department said that the required improvements to the facilities would be completed within two weeks, allowing the campsite to open for public use by the end of this month. It will be free of charge at the beginning, with only a deposit required. The amount of the deposit has yet to be decided. But visitors are likely to be charged in future after management of the campsite is outsourced.
According to the office, most camper vans are equipped with barbecue stoves, so visitors will be allowed to barbecue beside their vans. However, since the campsite is inside a park, people must raise their barbecues and cooking utensils off the ground, no matter whether they use them by their camper vans or in the barbecue area, to avoid heat damage from the flames.
The office added that there is a big parking lot and a riverside cycling path by the new campsite. There is also a baseball field, basketball courts and a five-a-side soccer field nearby. The management will offer shuttle buses, light meals, a playground and other related services in future.
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