Jiali Park
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Jiali Park of Jiali District covers an area of 2.4 hectares. It was the site of the “North Gate Shrine” during the period of Japanese Colonialism, and became a park only after the Retrocession of Taiwan. With a history of 86 years, towering ancient trees can be found in the Park, and after years of erosion, there is a mixture of new and old landscape, posing a confusing touring route for visitors. With the renovation of the Park in 2013, the trails in the Park were widened, and facilities like children’s playground, sports facilities, landscape lighting, etc., were added, making it an ideal place for recreation and sports for the residents. In addition, there are rich green and water resources neighboring Jiali Park, which include a sports park, park pathway, waterfront trail, library, Jiali Sugar Refinery, temple, church, etc.

Jiali is the settlement of the Xiaolong community of Siraya, a Pingpu tribe, and is one of earliest cultural birthplaces of Siraya in Taiwan. On December 25, 2010, it was redesignated as Jiali District. Since the Japanese colonial period, the District has produced many Salt Zone writers and poets, making it an important literary town of Taiwan.

In 2013, it took part in “The International Awards for Liveable Communities” (LivCom Awards) organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and won a bronze medal in the category of natural environment for a sustainable environment program. The reasons for winning included the facts that Jiali Park integrates park greenery, local history and culture, as well as combines the benefits of history, sports, recreation, literature, ecology and safe ways to school, thus enhancing the quality of life in Jiali District.

Note: LivCom Awards was established in 1997. With the endorsement of UNEP, the award is the world’s only international competition that focuses on the best practice of management on the local environment. Its objective is to develop and share examples of best environmental management, and in turn to create “livable communities”; the aim is to improve the quality of life for the residents.

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