Tainan Athletic Park
Tainan Athletic Park
For a wealth of recreational activities in one area, head to Tainan Athletic Park just south of Jiangkang Road. The park is about 130 acres and contains facilities for all kinds of sporting activities. Numerous parks and natural areas grace the grounds and you can even find Tainan’s largest Buddhist temple and monastery, Zhúxī Sì (Chuhsi Temple 竹溪寺), tucked into the walking and biking trail. There is plenty of space to move around in the park. It’s a good place to walk around, bike, or roll about on a skateboard.
Much of the park is occupied by large spectator facilities. The most popular of these is probably Tainan Baseball Stadium, home of the Uni Lions. There’s also a track and field stadium, a soccer venue, a rugby field, and a velodrome for bike racing. There are several tennis courts, both indoor and outdoor, that offer space for spectators as well. Many of these venues are more for events and team play than for the general public, but I’m sure there must be a way of using the tennis facilities. Other facilities include a basketball court, a badminton club, a shooting range, and a freestyle bike and skateboard park. On Jiangkang Road, next to the baseball stadium, is Tainan Spa World where you can find indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Other than the facilities, much can be enjoyed about the park. Walking around this area can make you feel like you’ve left the inner city and reached an outlying suburb due to all the open space and lack of people. An attractive creek travels through the park and makes a nice place for a walk. The paths are lined with trees and a few suspension bridges span the water. The path meets up with a bike route that travels through the park and onward through many of the tourist areas of the Confucius Temple Zone. There are many little parks within the park where people stop and rest, or try their hand (or feet) on the stone foot massage paths. Some of these parks are graced with animal sculptures that may excite young children, but many are falling apart and could be a little dangerous for the little ones. Another feature of the park that can excite kids is the circle of spurting fountain water to play in, but this is only turned on at certain times. It’s just behind the baseball stadium.
The park is enclosed by Jiangkang Road to the north, Datong Road to the east, Dalin Road to the south, and Nanmen Road to the west. A small residential neighborhood cuts through this area and the park wraps around it.