Fri, Sep 20, 2013 - Page 3 News List

Department urges barbecuing within designated areas

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Taipei residents barbecue in the city’s Dachia Riverside Park yesterday to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Photo: CNA

Taipei City’s Department of Public Works yesterday urged the public to hold Mid-Autumn Festival barbecue activities in the designated areas in the city’s 11 riverside parks and refrain from leaving garbage behind. Violators will face fines of up to NT$6,000 (US$203).

In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the department’s Hydraulic Engineering Office opened Dachia Riverside Park for barbecuing during the four-day holiday from yesterday until Sunday.

The designated parks are Dachia (大佳), Yanping (延平), Huachong (華中), Daonan (道南), Machangding (馬場町), Bailin (百齡) Right Bank, Bailin Left Bank, Chengmei (成美) Right Bank, Chengmei Left Bank, Shuangsi (雙溪) and Yuanshan (圓山).

Engineering Office chief Chen Kuo-cheng (陳郭正) yesterday urged the public to hold their barbecue activities within the designated areas in the city’s 11 parks, as such activities are prohibited on lawns, in playgrounds and other public facilities.

He said the office has in the past posted notices in parks to remind the public about regulations on barbecues, but many people ignored the notices and held barbecues on lawns or around benches in the parks, leaving burn marks or garbage.

“Taipei has opened its riverside parks for barbecue activities and offered great venues for people to celebrate the festival. We hope they will appreciate the effort and protect the environment,” he said.

People who leave garbage at the parks or damage public facilities can face consecutive fines from NT$2,400 to NT$6,000, in accordance with Taipei City’s regulations on park management.

Chen said barbecuing is a traditional activity for many Taiwanese and that the city government would first seek to dissuade people from holding barbecues outside of the designated areas before banning the activity altogether.

The office would first issue warning tickets to violators, and only give tickets if they failed to cooperate.

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