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New Dog Park Opens Near Taipei Zoo

The Animal Protection Office (APO) inaugurated the City’s second dog park at Wenshan District on June 10.
Located right across the street from Taipei Zoo and adjacent to the parking lot, the new facility has been named “Wanxing Dog Area” and sits inside Wanxing Borough’s Daonan Left Bank Riverside Park (address: No. 30, Sec. 2, Xinguang Rd.).
According to APO Director Yen I-feng, the dog park comprises two zones: an area spanning 1,277 square meters for large dogs and another space covering 484.56 square meters for small canine breeds. Enclosed by railings and fences, the area allows dogs to roam freely and away from human activities and road traffic.
With strong support from locals – many of whom keep dogs as pets, APO was able to maximize the functionality of Wanxing Dog Area. Not only does the facility boast an area twice the size of Huashan Dog Park; it also comes equipped with amenities such as toilets, wash basins, and dog waste bags. Residents are encouraged to bring their furry companions to the new recreational destination, which is accessible through both public transportation and vehicles.
APO pointed out that it may be challenging to find suitable venues for dog activities in a densely populated city. The agency plans to add one more similar venue in either Shilin or Beitou in 2017, in accordance with Mayor Ko’s vision to create Taipei an animal friendly city.