Photos by MJ Klein
It’s been awhile since we’ve had one of our articles on local parks. My Nikon D80 is back in the shop for the recurring MENU button problem (the shop broke it last time), and today I decided to use my Sony-Ericsson C702 mobile phone with GPS to take the park photos.
Also, I’ve put all the previous “mini park” series articles into a series called simply “Taiwan Parks” which doesn’t limit the topics to mini parks only. So I can add any kind of a park to this series, city, county, national, or whatever.
Today I rode my new recumbent trike out to get some exercise and to take photos of this park. After I returned to the trike from taking photos, I found it surrounded by stray dogs. Stray dogs are the bane of my existance as I can’t sleep at night because of their barking, and I can’t ride by day or night because they chase me and try to bite me on the trike. So, how did I get out of that situation? I walked the trike around the corner where they couldn’t see me. Then I made off very slowly so not to be all that interesting to a dog wanting to chase something. Nevertheless, I did get chased by one stupid dog but he couldn’t keep up with me because I was too fast.
After the walk down the path shown above, one is greeted by these exercise machines.
Now I’m sure that licensing fees are all paid up to the holders of the elliptical exerciser patent holders. I tried this machine and it’s apparently designed for some very small people because the “throw” wasn’t long enough for me.
I’ve never seen anyone use these machines yet.
There is a huge “Jungle Gym” style pyramid. If I were a kid, I’d be playing on that thing all day long! Notice the mats below.
Turning slightly to the left of the previous photo, we see the typical Hukou township plaque.
Continuing on to the left we see a basketball court, and some kind of trellis.
Further down past the trellis is a play center for the little kids.
Now, back towards the entrance again, but further to the right this time, we see a bridge.
The bridge crosses this dry river bed. Now, turning back to the right from this photo,
We see the park temple. The pathway just beyond the temple is where we started our tour.
This park is not bad. There is enough equipment to play on, and several sitting areas too. But what makes it a dealbreaker for me is the dogs. There was a pack of 5 dogs hanging out at the entrance, and 3 inside. One of them is an obnoxious hound that kept barking at me for no reason, almost the entire time I was in the park, and even out of sight. Taiwan needs to take a hard line on these useless stray dogs and thin out the population before they become even more dangerous than they are now.