Sun, Apr 11, 2010 - Page 2 News List

Taipei City opens 11th sports center

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei Da-an Sports Center, the 11th district sports center in Taipei City, opened to the public yesterday.

The center, located near Taipei Municipal Hoping High School on Xinhai Road, is the largest of the district sports centers, with two swimming pools.

With swimming pools at other sports centers often packed, Da-an Sports Center director Lan Tu-yu (藍涂育) said the new center is equipped with two standard pools to address residents’ needs.

The five-story center is also equipped with facilities for a variety of sports, including basketball, racquetball, baseball, badminton and billiards, as well as a golf practice room, he said.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said the existing 10 district sports centers currently attract more than 720,000 users per month. He encouraged local residents to take advantage of the centers and maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly.

Da-an Sports Center attracted more than 18,000 users during a trial period that ran from April 2 to April 6, and will offer a range of discounts until the end of this month.

The project to establish sports centers in each of the city's 12 municipal districts was initiated under former Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) administration, as part of an effort to promote sport and public health.

According to Taipei City's New Construction Office, each of the 12 sports centers cost between NT$300 million (US$9 million) and NT$500 million to build. The last sports center in Wenshan District will open to the public by the end of this year.

For more information on Da-an Sports Center, call (02) 2377-0300.

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