In the beginning of 1990th the city started making serious plans of moving the residents of that prime location and setting uo a large park just like the London's Hyde Park and New York City's Central Park. The idea was for the park to become "the lungs of the city".
The park was opened in the spring of 1994. Daan Forest Park occupies 26 hectares and the new condominiums around the park have become one of the most expensive houses in Taipei.
The park has a nice, big playground with a large sandpit, rollerblading rinks, outdoor stage and kilometers of paved alleys to stroll along. In summer there are many outdoor concerts held there and throughout the year all kinds of outdoor exhibits take place in the park. The place is very popular among residents of Taipei, both locals and foreign.
Last week our Tuesday nature class took place in that park. Unfortunately for most of the class I was not present, only Ania was there.
In the beginning of the class the kids made cute butterflies with colorful pipe cleaners and also dried leaves:
When I got back to the park the kids have already started playtime.
Swining from "lianas":
And here is a group photo of all the nature class participants:
It's a very international crowd, with families coming from Taiwan, Poland, Spain, USA and Malaysia.
Here you can watch a report on this (in Chinese):