TSAI CONCURS:DPP Legislator Pasuya Yao said at a forum that the party’s presidential candidate is in favor of a proposal to vacate Songshan airport by 2020
Date: Nov 18, 2015
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
The Taipei City Government yesterday said it hopes to vacate the site currently occupied by
Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) by 2020, and that it plans to transform the site into a 330-hectare “Central Park” with an emphasis on ecology, leisure and humanities.
Taipei Deputy Mayor Charles Lin (林欽榮) unveiled the plan at a forum in Taipei attended by government officials from Taipei, New Taipei City, Keelung and Taoyuan, as well as representatives of presidential candidates, to discuss the future of the airport, which participants said should be vacated and merged with Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
The plan involves linking a strip of land vacated by the Songshan airport on the southern bank of the Keelung River (基隆河), with river sections in Taipei’s Dazhi (大直) and Dawan (大灣) areas, which Lin said would make for a “wetland park” covering 162 hectares.
The park would benefit from its close proximity to the 170-hectare Taipei Expo Park (花博公園), where the Yuanshan natural landscape park is to be built after the city decided to relocate the Taipei City Museum to the former site of the Taipei City Council over concerns about potential damage the construction of the museum could cause local freshwater ecology and the nearby Yuanshan Archeological Site (圓山遺址). [FULL STORY]