Youth Park is one of the largest and oldest parks in the southern end of Taipei City. The park is located in Wanhua District and was originally used as a military training field during the Japanese ruling period. Later it was converted into an airport, and then in 1953, it was again changed, this time to a golf course as part of a joint venture between the Taipei Country Club and Ministry of National Defense.
On Youth Day in 1974, Taiwan’s executive branch ordered Taipei City officials to take hold of the golf course, and officials converted the land into the Youth Park. That same year Taipei City officially took over management and the park was completed in 1977.
With grounds covering 60 acres, there’s something for everyone here. True to its name, Youth Park has four play areas where kids can play on a variety of playsets, including a popular Space Castle set that has been around for decades. Children can also play in a sand pit near the park’s main entrance.
The park has comprehensive recreational facilities on site. Some chargeable facilities are the golf course, eight swimming pools, six tennis courts, and the billiard hall within the swimming complex. Free facilities throughout the park include basketball courts, badminton courts, baseball field, skating rink, and tennis practice walls.
Even if you’re not quite in the mood for sports, there are plenty of paths throughout the park where you can stroll. There are open grassy areas where you can picnic and people watch.
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