Taoyuan builds accessible hiking trails in Hutoushan ecological park 虎頭山都會生態公園設無障礙步道

Tue, Jul 19, 2016 - Page 14

Following the inauguration of the first half of an all-age-friendly accessible hiking trail in Hutoushan ecological park, the 400-meter-long second half of the trail is expected to be completed by the end of September. Combined, the two sections will form a 1km-long loop trail. On July 11, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsang visited the park to inspect the construction. According to Cheng, in addition to the hiking trail, the government will build a car park, a storage room and toilets, while making sure there is stable phone reception in the park to increase the convenience for visitors.

Cheng says the park has three key features: a system of entertaining and healthy hiking trails, a unique natural landscape and public facilities. At present, the Taoyuan City Government is also carrying out a city rezoning project, which will turn the area of the Minglun Sansheng Temple into a designated area for religious use, and the unused space in front of the temple will become a parking lot. This way, visitors to the park can park their cars close by and the government can more easily regulate local vendors.

Yang Sheng-ping, director of Taoyuan City Government’s Department of Tourism, says a creative squirrel house, a tree house and a flower tunnel have been built along the hiking trail, adding that in the future the park will provide environmental education classes and tours to encourage visitors to learn to coexist with nature while enjoying the park.