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Abstract

Since time immemorial, Taipei City has placed a premium on the promotion and popularization of sports for all of its citizenry. Among the concrete actions taking place that reflect this interest in sports are the implementation of physical education in schools, the improvement of various sports facilities, and the construction of public sports centers. All in all, these actions have come to make sports and leisure activities a part of Taipei’s overall community development goal. Moreover, a variety of public welfare preferential policies have been promulgated to further the interests and improved access for women, the elderly, and the physically and mentally disabled to various sports facilities. Apart from the above, citizens have also all been encouraged to participate in organized health related events. By hosting large-scale international competitions, Taipei has enabled its citizens to take advantage of the economic benefits and share the glory and excitement that such activities generate.

Foreword

The Citizen Sports Centers in Zhongshan, Beitou, Zhongzheng, Nangang, Wanhua, Shilin and Neihu are now in full operation, a move that promises to make sports and recreation activities in Taipei City more community-oriented and accessible. The Taipei Arena’s advanced sports facilities have successfully furnished a quality venue at which the City can organize large-scale sports and performance events. Through “Sports for All” promotions and campaigns, citizens have also been encouraged to pursue mental and physical fitness and well-being, a regimen that will not only ameliorate the citizenry’s overall quality of life but also enable us to attain our ultimate goal of building a “Healthy City” for all.

Part 1 Promoting Exercise for All

The execution of “Sports for All” policy has become an international event that in practice encompasses the participation of senior citizens, women, the handicapped, and the less athletically inclined. Providing everyone with the appropriate types of exercise along with a safe and comfortable exercise environment to satisfy physical and mental fitness needs is an important task for the Taipei City Government in its effort to encourage the development of sports at the grassroots level. The government is therefore actively advising Taipei City’s sports organizations on hosting recreational Sports for All activities to promote citizen participation and encourage citizens to get into the habit of regular exercise. Through visionary strategy, proactive measures and thorough planning processes, we will assist in improving the health, fitness and quality of life for citizens. By making sports popular, cosmopolitan and a part of everyday life, we can build a modern healthy city.

1. Hosting Exercise and Health Campaign
“The Taipei City Exercise and Health Campaign” was aimed at enhancing the quality of public sports and leisure activities. Based on the spirits of “Regardless of Seasons,” and the City Government hopes to organize events that are suitable to all age groups and exercise preference groups by incorporating technical know-how and manpower from the private sectors. The campaign features 11 major categories, including key tournaments (such as the International Tour de Taiwan, the Taipei International Expressway Marathon, the Taipei Slow-pitch Baseball Tournament, the World Deaf Swimming Championships, the Taipei International Dragon Boat Race Championships, the Taipei Senior Games, and the National Orphanage Sports Meet), campus sports, athletics education, sports for all people, seminars, trainings, education and entertainment for children and adolescents, folk sports, special sports, sports and health lectures and other demonstration performances. And to complement the opening and commission of the Zhongshan, Beitou, and others ports centers, all kinds of recreational and health workshops would be held there.  Department of Sports,Taipei City Government also prints a variety of event booklets for the public to access all kinds of sports activities messages so as to promote and popularize these events of focus.

2. Brisk Walking
Medical studies have shown that walking 5,000 steps every day helps to eliminate back pain and prevent cardiovascular diseases. Walking 10,000 steps every day not only increases cardiovascular fitness but also stretches the muscles. Brisk walking is an excellent exercise that offers many benefits, including the prevention of strokes and cardiovascular diseases, the improvement of energy levels and relief of stress. To encourage the public to take up walking everyday as a form of exercise, the promotion of brisk walking would continue in 2009 to include city office workers, senior citizens and the whole families. On 26th October 31th, a brisk walking campaign took place respectively along Dajia Riverside Park and National Yang-Ming. These events attracted over 6,000 participants.

3. Citizens’ Mountain Hiking Day Activities
Hiking is a great form of exercise and offers a chance to enjoy the beauty and charm of mountain views. Taipei City Government in recent years repaired and built 20 mountain hiking trails in the hope of promoting mountain hiking fitness. On October 13th, 2007, a Citizens’ Mountain Hiking Day kicked off along the Tianmu Historic Trail, Sianjhi Rock and Mount. Tiger. On that day Mayor Hao Longbin chose to hike along Sianjhi Rock trail to experience the delight of mountain climbing. The event attracted many hikers, totaling 3,000.

4. District Recreational Games and Road Runs
To promote physical and mental fitness, Taipei City Government every year organizes a number of road runs for its citizenry, including “The New Year’s Day Flag-Raising and Road Run,” “The Taipei International Expressway Marathon,” “The Supau Cup Road Run Tournament,” “Flag-Raising and Road Run Event,” “The Samsung Energy Road Run Event,” “The Mass Mutual Mercuries Qiaofu Cup Road Run,” the “Terry Fox Run”, and Maokong Hiking and Brisk Walk Mountain-Climbing Event,” allowing citizens to progressively develop a regular exercise regime.

5. Women’s Games
The 2007 Taipei Women’s Sports Carnival was held on May 19th that highlighted original dance competitions as the main theme, including the Flamenco, Belly Dancing, Cheer Squads, Aerobics dance and Hip Hop dancing. Also on the repertoire were a Dance Fair, a Leisure and Fun Hall, Lady’s Blog, Scented Teahouse and Health Checks. The event attracted about 3000 attendees.

6. Senior Games
The 2007 Taipei Senior Games was held on November 17th that was filled with delightful, fun games. Competition categories included Mahjong, Badminton, Table Tennis, Karaoke, Hoop Shooting, Wii games, Golf, Ground Golf and Croquet, plus free health checks. The event totaled more than 1,000 participants. Assistance was also provided to establish Senior Sports Groups that could access the Taipei Gymnasium for free, for badminton and table tennis events.

7. Taipei 100 Cycle Tour
Taipei City Government has made every endeavor in recent years to promote cycling. To advertise Taipei County’s cycling paths and riverside scenery, stage 1 of the “Taipei 100 Cycle Tour” was held on September 8th, 2001 – it started at the Dajia Riverside Park in Taipei City and finished at the Guandu Nature Park; stage 2 was held on November 25th and started from the Riverside Park in Gongguan and ended at Dadaocheng Wharf. Both events attracted over 8,000 cyclists.

8. Handicapped Citizens’ Games
The Handicapped Citizens’ Games was held from August 22 to 23, with the Taipei Gymnasium, the Taipei Municipal Dun-Hua Junior High School, Taipei Municipal Datong High School, and Tianmu Tennis Court; competition categories included: 1. The Competitive Categories: Basketball, Track and Field, Swimming, Table Tennis, Badminton, Goalball for the Blind, Tennis, Archery, Wheelchair Billiards, Shooting and Bowling. 2. Fun Games featured: Hoop Shooting, Special Olympics ball games, and Petanque. This event attracted over 600 disabled citizens (competitors) from around various administrative districts in Taipei. All competitors made all-out attempts to win, in order to get representation rights to join the “2010 National Paralympics” for Taipei City. Additionally, the “Handicapped Citizen Sports Seminars” were organized that included wheelchair tennis workshops, and the Handicapped Table Tennis Promotion Camp, to provide citizens with disabilities a chance to exercise.

9. Counseling for Community Sports Organizations to Realize Grassroots Development of Sports
To encourage citizen participations in exercise activities and assist private organizations, The Taipei Municipal Athletics Federation, and sport associations for individual sports jointly held various sports activities for the purpose of selecting and nurturing sports competitors and improve citizens’ athletics level. Various community sports centers also offer quality sports space and facilities that further citizens’ participation, increase fitness levels, and maximize facilities and venues effectiveness.

10. Taipei International Dragon Boat Championships
Dragon boat races are the centerpiece of the Dragon Boat Festival; and to increase holiday festivity, and promote the Festival’s historic significance, the City Government has incorporated other sports tournaments, concerts, fairs and folk activities into the Dragon Boat Championships. The events also include the River Worship Service, Boat Races and Folk Activities. During the Worship Service, prayers for blessings were held for the Race, and historic heritage was passed down. The Taipei Dragon Boat Festival attracted many firms and high school students; teams from other countries and Taiwan compete against each other. Also, delightful fair and booths and performances were held inside Riverside Park, allowing residents to gain an insight into the essence of dragon boat racing and the cultural heritage. The event had vividly brought Taipei’s metropolitan vitality and dynamics into play. A total of 200 teams registered for the championships, representing nearly 60,000 contestants.

Part 2: Hosting of International Events to Strengthen Sports Exchanges
Over 20 international sports events were hosted, including the AFC Asian Cup and the 2006 Taipei and the Taipei International Marathon. These international sports exchanged and encouraged friendships among countries, improved the technical standards of sports and drew the interest of citizens from both participants and audience.

1. Tour de Taiwan – Taipei Stage
The 2007 tournament was held on March 24th, the starting point and the finish were set on Shifu Road, on the roads surrounding  Taipei City Hall, tournaments like the Citizen Elite Challenge and Tour DE Taiwan have siminar route design. The hosting of the competition combined sports with tourism with nearly 100 riders from member nations around the world, examples of countries represented Japan, Northern Ireland, Indonesia, Poland, the United States, Hong Kong, Thailand, Netherlands, Slovakia and Germany. In all, around 1000 people were involved in the event. Hosting the event of the Tour de Taiwan helped to boost the standards of cycling in Taipei City and marketed the city’s culture and scenery. Broadcasting by the international media also helped to increase Taipei City’s visibility and international status.

2. International Taipei Expressway Marathon
On March 25th, 2007 at 6AM the marathon kicked off around Wugu and Xizhi Viaducts on the Sun Yat-Sen Freeway, attracting nearly 10,000 competitors. On that day, entry options included full marathon, half-marathon, 10km and 5km group championships. The International Taipei Expressway Marathon is the only competition in Taiwan held on an expressway. Some of the foreign runners who have traveled from afar to participate in the marathon included defending champion Mana from Kenya, Urika from Poland, Hu Xiuying from Inner Mongolia, Jidis from Brazil, Kariuki from Kenya and Nichaev from Russia. They were up against Taiwan’s own international ultra-marathon legend Kevin Lin as well as top Taiwanese marathon runners Wu Wunqian, Jiang Qingji, Zheng Zijian and Cai Qingzou. Together they launched the Taipei’s first marathon carnival in the new spring. In the end, foreign runners bagged the top three places in both the men and women’s divisions. Turbo Tumo Tuko from Ethiopia won the men’s marathon and Hu Xiu Ying from China won the women’s marathon.

3. The Taipei International Judo Open
Judo is a competitively-oriented sport that serves as a self-defense martial art that merits wide-ranging popularization; it is a sports event defined by weight division. In regard to competitiveness,it's one of the key international events in which Taiwan has the best chance for winning gold medals. The organization of international tournaments, in addition to refining Judo competitors’ technical skills and experiences, draws the residents to be a part of the game. “The 2nd Taipei International Judo Open” started on August 1st through 8th in 2007 at the Fencing Hall on the 4th floor of the Taipei Gymnasium. 12 countries and 120 athletes graced the tournament. Taiwan bagged 7 gold medals, 13 silvers and 15 bronzes.

4. Taipei Women’s Volleyball Competition
Held from August 17th through 19th, 2007 at the Hsinchuang Stadium, the competition aimed to advance women’s professional volleyball standards, encourage friendship exchange between outstanding volleyball teams, and increase volleyball's marketability, Federation Internationale de Volleyball launched Women’s Volleyball World Championship in 1993, and has successfully run the tournament for 15 years. The 2007 competition was represented by 4 countries: Italy, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Chinese Taipei. Italy won the champion, Brazil picked up the second place, and the Dominican Republic garnered the third place.

5. Taipei Rowing Championships
The 2007 Taipei Rowing Championships was held at the Dajia Riverside Park on the afternoon of September 15th. A total of 34 teams registered for the 3-day competition, including foreign teams from Hong Kong and various school units. The event was a combination of tournament and leisure and in accordance with the objective of the international metropolitan sports development. By means of this international sports event, the City hopes to engage its citizens in understanding the benefits of sports, making rowing and kayaking the most unique water activities in Taipei City.

6. International Skating Union Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating
The ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating was held at the Taipei Arena between October 12 ~ 24 2006. This was the first time that the Taipei Arena had hosted a skating sport championship. A total of 7 Olympic member nations and regional associations from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region entered in the Grand Prix. With the opening of the Taipei Arena in 2005, Taipei now offers modern skating facilities and is at Asia's central geographic location.Alongside cities like Tokyo,Beijing and Seoul,Taipei is regarded as one of the premier cities to be identified to be capable of hosting international competitive skating event subsequent to the ISU Junior Grand Prix event.

7. ING Taipei International Marathon
By setting a new record of 100,000 participants, this event is now considered the world’s largest city marathon. In terms of community participation it has even surpassed the world-renowned New York Marathon. This year’s entry options included the Full Marathon, Half-Marathon, Road Run, Police and Firefighters, the 12 Administrative Districts, Children and the Fun Run. A Warm-up Game was held before the official tournament and it drew more runners to sign up. The 2007 ING Taipei International Marathon Warm-up kicked off at the Taipei Municipal Datong High School on November 4th, 2007. The Primary School Relay and the Celebrity Relay kicked off on December 16th at the Civic Boulevard, a record-breaking 110,000 attendance was recorded.

8. Baseball World Cup and 2007 Taipei International AA Baseball Invitational Tournament
These international events kicked off amid much fanfare between November 16th through 18th, 2007 at the Tianmu Baseball Stadium, Hsinchuang Stadium, Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium and Taipei Physical Education College Ballpark , a total of 16 teams competed in the tournament, including overseas teams: Japan, South Korea, Holland, Australia, Italy, Germany, Russia, the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Panama, Thailand, and Chinese Taipei, totaling 500 players. After 33 years, the U.S finally won the title, with Cuba in the second place, Japan in the third, Holland, South Korea, and Australia in the 4th, 5th, and 6th place. Also the 2007 Taipei International AA Baseball Invitational Tournament was held between December 23rd through the 26th at the Tianmu Baseball Stadium, Xinsheng Stadium and the Shezi Island Ballpark in Taipei. 5 international teams, including those from Japan’s Nagoya, Japan’s Gifu, Japan’s Aichi-ken, South Korea’s Seoul, Hong Kong and 11 local Taiwanese teams joined the competition. Kaohsiung’s Wu Fu Junior High School took the champion, Taipei Municipal Chong Qing High School won the second place, and Japan’s Aichi-ken took home the third place.

9. Taipei International Deaflympics Swimming Championships
From August 11th through 16th, 2007, the Swimming Championships was held at the Taipei Physical Education College. The competition featured a total of 38 categories, and 174 swimmers won awards. The number of medals won by each country is ranked as follows: Ukraine (22 pieces), Russia, (20 pieces), Germany (17 pieces), Belarus (14 pieces), Sweden (8 pieces), the U.S (5 pieces), Ireland (5 pieces), and Chinese Taipei (3 pieces). The world records were broken by 8 swimmers in 6 events.

10. Chinese Taipei Open Table Tennis Tournament
A total of 177 athletes from 26 nations competed in the 2007 Chinese Taipei Open Table Tennis Tournament held from August 23rd through 26th. Top players from around the world tried to each other to prep for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It was Taipei’s 3rd year hosting the event of the 2007 Chinese Taipei Open, and the number of participants also set a record, featuring the most competitive lineup ever. German table tennis player Timo Boll was ranked 4th and Belarussian Vladimir Samsonov was ranked 5th in the man’s single category; Oh Sang Eun, Ju Se Hyuk, and Olympic gold medalist Ryu Seung Min from South Korea were among the  table tennis fans' favorite. The audience thronged the Stadium to enjoy the game, and ITTF manager Mr. Raul Calin lavishly praised Taipei’s efforts in organizing the games .

11. Sports and Cultural Exchange with Japan’s Yokohama
In 2007, City of Yokohama city was invited to Taipei City for a goodwill sports exchange event. Citizens of Yokohama recommended Minister of Sports Revival, Sunagawa Tadao, to be the chief of the group, who led the High School Women’s National Basketball Team of the Yokohama Sports Exchange Corps to visit Taiwan from November 23rd through 26th. The visiting team held friendly games with basketball teams from Jinou Girls High School and the Taipei First Girls High School on 24th and 25th, and visited the National Palace Museum and various tourist spots in Taipei.

12. Mainland China Sports Exchange
School superintendent of the Sichuan Education Hall, Liu Dong was the chief of the Sichuan Province Sports Exchange Visiting Party, who headed the national badminton team to Taiwan from October 11th through 17th, 2007. The team engaged in games with women’s badminton teams from Taipei Municipal Songshan High School and Datong High School. The Chinese visitors toured the Nanggang Sports Center, Taipei Gymnasium and other public sports facilities. The group also visited Yilan and Hualian. On October 29th, Department of Education of the City Government sent Educational Inspector Fang Zhenkun to head a team and to visit Shanghai, China. Coaches representing individual events such as swimming, tennis, boxing and judo, the chief and several administrators surveyed Shanghai’s trainings,and enjoyed experience-sharing sessions on athlets-coaching. The team returned to Taiwan on November 4th.

Part 3 Delivering Holistic Education through School Physical Education
Physical education is a crucial part of education. Physical education at school can cultivate the habit of exercising among students, resulting in balanced physical and mental development. There is no doubt that physical education at school is the best place to foster Sports for All awareness and step up the nation’s sporting prowess. Therefore the strengthening campus sports is constructive to the attainment of holistic education.

1. National Athletic Games Participation
The 2007 National Athletic Games kicked off from October 20th through 25th in Tainan City. 457 athletes represented Taipei to participate in track and field, swimming, gymnastics, totaling 32 events. Taipei City’s athletes won 31 gold medals, 37 silver medals and 31 bronzes, ranking 5th among all counties and cities. The number of gold medals grew from 25 in 2006 to 31 in 2007, and was credited to Taipei City’s efforts to encourage the development of sports at the grassroots level. The City’s limited resources were utilized wisely in key event development and trainings. In the future, the trainings would combine lessons taught in physical education classes on campus, creating a consistent training system for Taipei City’s competitive sports pyramid, and serving as a specific guiding principle for improving the City’s sporting performance.

2. To Actively Foster Sports Professionals and Talents
Annual seminars and training sessions for professionals in various sports events serving in schools will be in place to enhance their professionalism and knowledge. For example, the “Middle and Primary Schools PE Directions Colloquiums”, “Swimming Coach Qualification Training and Workshops”, and “Lifeguard Safety Lectures” and others would be held at the Taipei Teachers In-Service Education Center. As of December, 2007, out of 1,259 PE teachers in-service, 725 were certified swimming coaches, 481 were qualified lifeguards, and 436 had both. Currently the number of certificated swimming coaches has grown to more than 500 after several years of training endeavors and can effectively boost the quality of swimming lessons on campus and ensure water sports safety.


Taipei has outlined “Implementation Principles of Taipei City’s Long-term Trainings for Outstanding Sports Talents in Middle and Primary Schools”, “Physical Education Classes Establishment Principles in Taipei City’s Public and Private High Schools and Under”, and “Assistance Guidelines for the Advancement of Outstanding Students in Physical Education.” And to pave the way for outstanding athletes to advance academically, since 2005, special projects were designed specifically for athlete trainings. By 2007, 66 schools have installed PE classes to focus on sports such as track and field, basketball, swimming, volleyball, totaling 32 individual events.

4. The Expansion of Various Municipal Individual Sports Events
To popularize campus sports events, the “Taipei City School Sports Development Project” was charted and mapped out different interscholastic and inter-classes sports events, to urge schools in active participation of miscellaneous sports matches. In 2007, a total of 55 sports events were held in conjunction with the Taipei City Physical Education Development Project under the school grouping category. Additionally, a myriad of sports tournaments, such as the Municipal Teacher and Student Cup Individual Event, the Taipei City Joint Sports Game of Junior High and Elementary Schools, the Taipei City Joint Aerobics Championships of Secondary and Primary Schools, the Taipei City Elementary Schools Divisional Sports Meets and the Taipei City Elementary School Happy and Safe Baseball Championships are organized around the year that yielded great results. These activities have proven extraordinarily helpful in building an exercise climate and practice developments among students.

5. Encouraging Schools Participation in Various National Sports Meets
Taipei City Government has laid out “The Taipei City Government Subsidy/Budget Application and Verification Principles for Schools of Various Levels in Joining National Sports Competitions.” Funds are earmarked to subsidize and encourage various schools to form teams in taking part in any national competitions. For example, the 2007 National Education Cup Tennis Championships, and the National AA Championships were organized. “The 2007 National Joint Sports Games for Middle Schools” were held from April 21st through 26th in Tainan County. 1,031 athletes and 324 staff members represented Taipei to win 49 gold medals, 38 silvers and 37 bronzes, and Taipei was ranked number 2 among all counties and cities. 9 athletes in Track and Field, Swimming and Archery categories set record-breaking results in the history of the event. Taipei Municipal Cheng Yuan High School and junior high school athletes from Nanggang High School were given the Sportsmanship and Life Education Trophies.

6. Enhancement of Swimming Pool Utilization Effectiveness by Improving Soft- and Hardware Facilities
Since 2002, Taipei City began rebuilding cold-water pools to become warm-water pools among schools. As of December 2007, 37 schools have been granted permissions to build pools and constructions were completed. Currently there are 283 schools in Taipei City, and on average 112 schools are equipped with swimming pools (114): swimming pool installation rate was 39.6%, with 94 warm-water and 20 cold-water swimming pools. In other words, there’s a swimming pool for 2.5 schools, making Taipei City Taiwan’s leading region when it came to swimming pool constructions. In regard to software facility improvement, a swimming assessment test on graduating students is held; plus the sharing of swimming pools, swimming trainings during the weekend, and the summer swimming camps – all are designed to culture promote students’ swimming performances. To enhance swimming facilities utilization effectiveness, the City Government actively encourages private sectors to partake in school sporting facility operation and management; presently, Taipei Municipal Neihu High School, Hua Jiang High School, Shang Yuan High School, Long Men High School, Bo Ai Elementary School, Lan-Zhou Junior High School, Lao Song Elementary School, Fu Lin Elementary School, Guandu Elementary School, Bin Jiang Elementary School, Wen Lin Elementary School, Xi Men Elementary School, Xin Min Junior High School, Xin Yi Junior High School, Hu Lu Elementary School and Ren Ai Junior High School have completed necessary commission tasks, a move that ensure a three-win situation for schools, proprietors, and private sectors.

7. The Establishment of Campus Sports Clubs
According to a research, “The 2006 Health and Fitness Research Project Report” by the Graduate Institute of Exercise and Sports Science of the Taipei Physical Education College on the general conditions among sports clubs among various schools, there are a total of 144 campuses have established sports clubs out of elementary schools in Taipei City (153 public and private establishments) in 70 categories. Every school on average has 7 sports clubs, the ratio of student participation in clubs figures at 13.8%. And 94% of elementary schools in Taipei are facilitated with sports clubs. Among the City’s middle schools (86 public and private), 85 have set up sports clubs totaling 55 categories. Every middle school on average has 8 sports clubs, and the ratio of student participation in club activities is reported at 20.1%., and about 99 of the middle schools in Taipei are furnished with sports clubs. Among Taipei’s vocational and high schools (67 public and private schools), 65 have set up sports clubs in 62 categories; every campus on average has 8 clubs, and student participation stands at 14.7%. In total, 97% of Taipei’s high schools are installed with sports clubs.

8. The Implementation of Schools’ Physical Fitness Checks
In conjunction with the Education Ministry policies, Taipei City Government’s Department of Education, in regard to the implementation of students’ fitness checks, holds regular fitness examinations for students in schools under junior high. The data is uploaded to the “Education Ministry Fitness Data Uploading Management System”; and starting 2007, the Department worked with the Education Ministry to promote the Health and Sports Web Passport program, to strengthen students and parents utilization of this information. Additionally, fitness-related seminars are outlined and planned to ensure that school representatives in charge of the system are familiar with operating the uploading management system and the Health and Sports Web Passport. Improvement projects will be refined and delineated to put into effect this fitness enhancement practice.

Part 4 Comprehensive Sports and Recreational Facilities
Advanced nations have always given great emphasis to policies that improved the quality of sports, recreation and life as well as citizen fitness. The development of a sports policy does not involve just the promotion of sport events. It’s even more important to encourage in citizens the habit of involving themselves in sports and recreational activities. With the development of sports and recreational activities promotions being the goal, it is crucial to build sound infrastructures as sports venues to popularize physical fitness awareness; therefore, one of the government’s most important tasks is the provision of full-ranging sports and recreational facilities.

1. Constructions of Public Sports Facilities
Wanhua Sports Center was inaugurated on May 26th, 2007, it’s facilitated with a solar power PV system that operates on solar cells, a power conditioner (including a inverter with direct/alternating currents, a system controller and a united protection device) that can be integrated into the structure. Also the installation of a power auxiliary system can regulate power generation capacity according to sunlight levels. The device can supplement power shortage during rush hour (the united model). These fuel-independent, waste-free, pollution-free, and power efficient are environmentally functional and poised to be the mainstream facility in future architectural design. The facilities now offer an even wider range of the latest sporting equipment such as the archery range, golf and martial arts classrooms. The center has also received the Green Mark for architecture. The use of natural lighting and advanced air-conditioning system are an application of green design and create a comfortable environment. The excess water from the swimming pool and hydrotherapy spa are all recycled as well, ensuring full utilization of water and energy resources. The operations of the Zhongshan Beitou, Zhongzheng, Nangang and Wanhua sports centers are now all contracted out to the private sector. The goal is to inject the vitality of the private enterprise into these centers with the public and private sector working together to achieve the policy objectives. There are also a further 6 sports centers and gymnasiums currently under construction; among which the remediation construction of the gymnasium was inspired because the original building was decrepit, and it’s now torn down to ready for the 2009 Taipei International Deaflympics, including renovations on the track and field venue, the warm-up facility, and the overall establishment. These sports centers construction progress is as shown below:

Sports Center Table
Number
Name
Start of Construction
Slated Completion
1.
Shilin Sports Center
October 20th 2005
December 2007
2.
Neihu Sports Center
March 1st 2006
January 2008
3.
Datong Sports Center
May 2nd 2006
March 2008
4.
Xinyi Sports Center
May 2nd 2006
August 2008
5.
Wenshan Sports Center
August 1st 2007
December 2009
6.
Daan Sports Center
May 21st 2007
June 2009
7.
Gymnasium Remediation
May 23rd 2007
October 31st 2008


2. Implement the Taipei City Riverside Sport and Recreational Facilities Value-Adding Project
The project involves creating special purpose zones based on the nature of nearby sports facilities and integrating them with the riverside to build all-purpose facilities that meet the public’s needs in the most complete and effective manner. Progress in 2007 included:
(1) Construction of activity center warehouse and shower stalls for the Dajia section of the Keelung River.
(2) Night-time lighting system for the baseball fields, softball fields and skating rinks at the Yingfong section of the Riverside Park.
(3) Construction of skating rink at the Meiti section of the Keelung River.
(4) Set up of removable netting for the Yingfong softball field and Meiti softball field along the Keelung River.

3. Enhancement of Sporting Facilities’ Effective Utilization
To avoid sporting resources going unused, the City Government has been promoting service quality upgrades to the software/hardware of city gymnasiums and local sporting facilities in order to ameliorate service quality. We also organize sports facility planning and design lectures to help improve the environment of the city’s sporting facilities, the professionalism of facility staff and the functionality of the equipment. To make more effective use of the site, the Taipei Track & Field Stadium was demolished and rebuilt. For 2007, facilities operated by  Department of Sports,Taipei City Government were used by a total of 1.23 million people, to furnish citizens with a quality recreational and sports environment. The construction of sporting facilities will continue in the future to make exercise a part of everyday life and increase citizen participation in sports.
Sports and exercise now play an increasingly important role in developed nations with governments all investing a great deal of manpower and resources in its promotion and development. Private-sectors have also actively participated in these efforts. Taipei City’s sports policy starts by focusing on the sports and recreational facilities and environments in the citizens’ everyday lives. Apart from making effective use of existing sports facilities such as the Taipei Arena as well as the Zhongshan, Beitou, Zhongzheng, Nangang and Wanhua Sports Centers, the city is also proceeding with plans to build the Taipei Dome, the Taipei Track & Field Stadium and other district public sports centers. It is the city’s goal to provide citizens with even better access to exercise resources in the future. For the varied exercise requirements among the members of the public, the city is also systematically organizing a series of health related events. Since the Taipei City Government established the Sports Office in 2004, we have worked tirelessly to enhance sports administration to help residents develop sports organizations. These measures enabled citizens to participate in sports in a systematic and disciplined manner, increasing the overall sporting population. We have also worked to protect the rights of disadvantaged groups by devising a range of benefits for seniors, women and the handicapped. By upholding a spirit of constant innovation and vigorously implementing sports related policies, we hope to make Taipei City more energetic and our residents happier and healthier. This will imbibe the vitality and potential to Taipei City as a modern, dynamic and international metropolis.