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Creating Recreational Space Fit for Three Generations at Songrong Park

* Located inside the verdant, culturally abundant Minsheng Community, the former site of the air force dependents’ village known as Cien 4th Village will soon be transformed into Songrong Park, considerably expanding the green space of Dongrong Village.

In the future, Songrong Park will target the needs of family and active senior citizens to plan a recreational space fit for 3 generations, thereby elevating the quality of the living environment for locals. To accommodate the needs and expectations of local communities towards the park’s space and facilities, the Parks and Street Lights Office (PSLO) hosted the Songrong Park design briefing. Those attending the event included Songshan District Director, multiple elected representatives, and community residents. Together, the participants offered their invaluable opinions and suggestions about the park in an effort to create the citizens’ park.

PSLO Director Chen Jung-hsing indicated that Songrong Park will merge with Minquan Park to create a larger green belt. The park features diverse recreational space and facilities, and there is also a unique playground for children’s physical training, aiming to achieve balanced development through the process of playing games. The facilities serve to endow Songrong Park with a distinct theme and meaning. It is hoped that the new park will foster a closer bond among local residents, in turn materializing the goal of urban green living, symbiosis, and inclusion.

According to Assistant Chief Engineer Mo Hua-jung of PSLO, Taiwan is becoming an aging society, and senior citizens will become the primary users of park facilities. Therefore the design of space and facilities catering to the needs of senior citizens is extremely important. Currently, an accessible park trail has been designed in conjunction with the creation of green spaces by planting fragrant flowers and ornamental fruit trees. The fragrance wafting through the air will help park users attain spiritual relaxation, while the square offers activity space for senior citizens to enhance social interaction, and it also serves as a venue for looking after the elderly. In addition, spaces have been reserved for wheelchair users, so that senior citizens with disabilities can also participate in the activities.

Horticulture Division Chief Yang Kuo-yu elaborated that the plantation of a variety of trees has not only helped to evoke images of a forest park, but also provides shaded areas that increase the public’s willingness to use the park. By building a park inspired by people and nature, the integration of the nearby airport’s imagery has further endowed the park with local elements.

During the briefing, citizens recommended the planting of seasonal trees that offer shaded areas and also suggested that the material and color of the pavement inside and outside the park should be taken into consideration. To gain insight into the public’s needs, they are invited to discuss and learn from one another, in turn sculpting the future appearance and vision of Songrong Park and allowing the park space to cater to the needs and expectations of the citizens. It is hoped that the park will bring children closer to their parents and grandparents, thereby creating a park that is fit for 3 generations, and space where people and nature can co-exist in harmony.