Located in Zhongshan District, the Dajia Riverside Park spans 100 acres along the Keelung River, a major river running through Taipei. In the second half of the 20th Century, Taipei was rapidly growing and the Keelung River went through several manmade changes to reduce flooding and accommodate city growth by straightening the river's path. Shortly after, the City of Taipei created a greenery park right next to the water.
The area is made of large grassy spaces and has two areas dedicated to flowerbeds. It’s between Zhongshan Bridge and Dazhi Bridge in Zhongshan District, and the park is accessible within walking distance southwest Dazhi Station of Taipei Metro.
People enjoy cycling, skateboarding, and rollerskating around the area with lanes that run several miles around the park; the park even offers bike rentals. You can also enjoy taking advantage of other recreational facilities like basketball, tennis, and badminton courts; the park also has cricket pitches.
Because of its flat area, the park holds several sports arenas and often used for large-scale events, festivals, and marathons. For instance, the park hosts the annual Puma Ignite Taiwan Run and most recently hosted HARD Taiwan.
One of its signature events, however, is the Taipei Dragon Boat Festival. This festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month and involves three days of dragon boat races among 218 teams. Dragon boat teams from other countries also fly in to take part. Besides watching the races, attendees also shop from vendors’ stalls and take part in traditional activities enjoying sticky rice dumplings and participating in egg balancing competitions.
Regardless of which time you visit, Dajia Riverside Park is a great place to get in some exercise while you travel or find an interesting outdoor event.
Photo "Cloudy Sunset at Dajia Riverside Park" by David Hsu is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.