Zhongshan Shuanglian Park to Undergo Facelift
Deputy Mayor Chen Chin-jun presided over a press event announcing the commencement of the construction project to revamp MRT Zhongshan Shaunglian Belt Park on May 2.According to Chen, the 30-year-old park requires an overhaul to rejuvenate the surrounding area. Connecting Nanjing West Road and Minsheng West Road, the facility has the potential to become an eco park while boosting commercial activities around Chifeng Street, Wunchang Temple, and a number of cultural spots where youths congregate. In response to concerns about the future of Zhongshan underground book street, the deputy mayor remarked that the book street will undergo a facelift as part of the project, but that 85- percent will be retained. Chen believes that once the park undergoes renovation, it will become a new landmark of Taipei. He added that the city government has endeavored to beautify the capital with efforts in breathing new life into various tourist spots spanning Taipei Expo Park, Taipei Railway Station, and the west district. He hopes that Taipei will transform into a metropolis with more vivid images and enhanced cityscape.Angela Soong, leader of the project, pointed out that there will be seven thematic zones covering approximately 2 hectares. With an overall cost of NT$100 million, the project will see Zhongshan underground book street overhauled by July this year; and the whole construction is slated for completion by August next year, noted Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation.