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New inclusive playground opens in Taipei’s Jiancheng Park

By Yali Chen
 
This April, residents in the Datong District celebrated the opening of Taipei’s new inclusive playground in Jiancheng Park.
 
In anticipation of Children’s Day on April 4, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je had fun with children in the inclusive park at the opening ceremony on March 30.

At the opening ceremony of Taipei’s new inclusive playground in Jiancheng Park on March 30, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je has fun with children
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At the opening ceremony of Taipei’s new inclusive playground in Jiancheng Park on March 30, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je has fun with children.

In his speech, Ko said that Jiancheng Park was the 38th in Taipei to install inclusive playground equipment. He said that inclusive playgrounds function as a platform for Taiwan’s young designers to demonstrate their talent and creativity.
 
The better-designed playgrounds have aesthetic designs that express local cultural traits, consider citizens’ needs, and have an inclusive spirit. Mayor Ko said he hopes that the use of inclusive playground equipment could spur the development of Taiwan’s design industry.

Inclusive play facilities in Jiancheng Park are accessible to individuals of all ages and abilities
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Inclusive play facilities in Jiancheng Park are accessible to individuals of all ages and abilities.
 
Taipei City’s Department of Economic Development will also add the category of inclusive playground equipment into the Taipei Design Award.
 
The playground has seven inclusive facilities, such as an iron tower slide, roller slides, swing sets, spinners, gear-style seesaws, and castanets. The iron tower slide is 3.8 meters tall. It has become one of the most challenging slides in Taipei’s inclusive playgrounds. Kids with disabilities can also have fun using the roller slides, swing sets, castanets and spinners around the iron tower slide.
 
Jiancheng Park is located on Sec. 2, Chengde Road and is near Chifeng Street, once known as the “Iron Street.” In 1937, it became the first children’s park in Taiwan.
 
This year, designers drew inspiration from history, integrating iron elements into their inclusive play design. Colorful gear and tool patterns are seen on the lawn. One highlight of the park is a tower with a variety of iron tools stretching into the blue sky.
 
Jiancheng Park’s inclusive playground equipment has passed SGS inspection tests. Its inclusive facilities cater to the needs of parents and children. Disabled children can also play different interactive games.