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Wei Wu Ying Metropolitan Park: Wander in one of Kaohsiung City's Most Beautiful Parks/在衛武營都會公園深呼吸 逛遊城市綠色夢境

 

Wei Wu Ying Metropolitan Park:
Wander in one of Kaohsiung City's Most Beautiful Parks

◎English translation: Wendy Wei Chang
◎Photos by Jhang Jian Ying-hao, Li Yun-yu


May children grow up with grass, flowers, and trees.
May lovers stroll through gardens.
May the elderly have a place to relax, walk, and exercise.
May residents dream sweet green dreams.

 

(This short verse is inscribed on a gray stone at the Sanduo Road entrance of Wei Wu Ying Metropolitan Park.)

沿著自行車道,遊客漫步或騎乘自行車賞遊沿途景觀 Visitors walking and cycling along its bike paths  Wei Wu Ying Metropolitan Park is located on the previous site of a military base, where only authorized personnel were allowed access. After a great deal of hard work by city government and other non-governmental organizations, the military base was transformed into an ecological metropolitan park. Beside the park, the Wei Wu Ying Center for the Arts is currently under construction and is expected to be completed at the end of 2016. Wei Wu Ying Metropolitan Park will become a mecca for residents to enjoy the arts, ecology and Kaohsiung's beauty.

Explore the Park's Six Distinct Sections

  With its 50 acres and six sections, Wei Wu Ying Metropolitan Park is the biggest ecological park in sothern Taiwan. It is surrounded by Sanduo Road, Nanjing Road, Zihci Road, Jhongjheng Freeway and is conveniently located beside Exit 3 of the Orange Line's Wei Wu Ying KRTS Station. Visitors are also recommended to rent a bike and enjoy the sunset there.

透過觀察窗觀賞蟲鳥生態 Holes designed for watching the park's wildlifeThe Dreamland Zone

  The Dreamland Zone is located on the northern section of the park. Its entrance is located on Sanduo Road and is the location of many old banyan trees. Paths are gracefully intertwined with green trees, leading to a 5.2 acre North Lake Zone. With its beautiful lake and landscape, it is a very calming and relaxing area. The lake's two islands are home to a variety of species and ecological systems.

The Urban Garden Zone

  The Urban Garden Zone is located near the park's most easterly entrance. Different plants such as irises and sage can be found in this region. Plaques describe the flower and fauna, so visitors can easily identify them. This is a great place to learn about plants and enjoy nature.

The Natural Exploration Zone

  The Natural Exploration Zone occupies nearly half of the park. Visitors can enjoy native plants, diverse birdlife and insects inhabiting the area's wetlands. A covered footbridge which spans the lake; allowing visitors to peer through holes to watch wildlife and reducing disturbances, so visitors can watch wildlife in a more natural setting. Surrounded by mahogany trees, the observation deck and forest classroom are additional, wonderful places to observe and experience nature.

Camouflage Park Zone – Inspired by the Former Military Base

綠意盎然的衛武營都會公園 Lush green Wei Wu Ying Metropolitan Park  The Camouflage and Military Park Zones are located near the southern entrance on Zihci Road. Its architecture integrates military symbols and camouflage. The wooden benches in the zone are constructed from materials from the base's old buildings and houses that have since been demolished. The Military Park Zone has kept most of its original military designs and features street furniture, wooden floors and plant pots. The trail leads to a lookout which was the previous location of the former military base's water tower. It is a great place for visitors to enjoy the park's beautiful vistas and landscape. The scenic old banyans and drought-tolerant trees contribute to the park's tropical atmosphere. It has become a popular spot for photographers to come and capture the area's magical scenery and get a feel for the local history. Located at the most westerly side of the park, a path which runs in a north - south direction is also surrounded by mahogany trees. Visitors can stroll or cycle past Phanera purpurea, camphor and mango trees. With a complete transformation from military base to park, the area has not only retained its original ecological systems, but also connects people with history.

A Park with an Arts Center and a Bright Future

  Besides the park's enchanting natural scenery, visitors are also looking forward to the completion of the Wei Wu Ying Center for the Arts, which will be completed by 2016. When Dutch architect Ms. Francine Houben visited Kaohsiung in 2007, she was inspired by the shape of the old banyan trees, found throughout the Wei Wu Ying Metropolitan Park. In southern Taiwan, residents particularly enjoy outdoor activities and therefore Ms. Houben designed the wavy building to resemble a giant ray swimming towards the sea. The center will feature international and national artistic performances and will also become an important place for Taiwanese to come and cultivate a taste for a variety of arts. Wei Wu Ying Metropolitan Park is a great place to enjoy theatrical performances and experience the beauty of nature. Its diversity and artistic culture has transformed a mysterious and serious military base into a treasure box full of diverse species and birdlife.

鳥瞰衛武營藝術文化中心 Aerial view of Wei Wu Ying Center for the Arts
 

在衛武營都會公園深呼吸 逛遊城市綠色夢境

◎摘錄《KH STYLE 高雄款》

◎攝影/張簡英豪、李昀諭

 

讓孩子們和草,和花,和樹一起成長。
讓相愛的情侶在樹蔭花草間徜徉。
讓老年人有個地方休息,散步,運動。
讓都市居民有個溫暖的綠色夢境。

 

  這段文字刻劃在衛武營都會公園三多路入口前的質樸灰石上,字裡行間所提及的都市居民們正閒適經過暖陽熨貼的灰石與小徑,這座原本門禁森嚴的衛武營軍營,經過市府、民間團體數十年的努力,而今蛻變為一座綠意盎然的都會公園,而公園一側施工中的「 衛武營藝術文化中心」,預定於2016年完工,衛武營都會公園匯聚了人文、藝術、生態、觀光等多元功能。

遊賞六大主題區 尋訪自然生態

  佔地約五十公頃的衛武營都會公園,由三多路、南京路、輜汽路及中山高速公路所環繞,交通便利,鄰近高雄捷運橘線「衛武營站」三號出口。園區六大主題區規劃別具風情,若要好好賞遊這座南台灣最大的生態公園,建議租借單車體驗園區的晨昏風情。

  位於公園北區「夢境公園區」,沿著老榕樹並列的三多路人行道行走,即可經開放式入口銜接進入,緩坡步道優美交織、樹木蓊鬱,再往前行走,佔地5.2公頃的北湖映入眼簾,秀麗綠意令人心曠神怡,湖中有生態島與水上浮田,聚集生物棲息,是認識生態的絕佳場域。

  鄰近東區入口的「城市花園區」,園內植有各類花草,如鳶尾花、鼠尾草等,還設立植物簡介看板,方便遊客認識植物。到此除了欣賞花草,可盡享大自然的舒適快意。

  「自然探索林區」佔了園區近半面積,是原生植物的樂園,具有熱帶森林及溼地樣貌,聚集豐富蟲鳥物種,橫跨湖面的小木屋造型人行橋,遊客能透過木牆上的觀察窗靜覽生態,同時也降低人類對生物的干擾。而桃花心木環繞的「林間教室」及「生態觀察室」,也是認識生態、體驗自然景觀的寧靜場域。

小木屋人行橋 Covered footbridge

迷彩樂園 細數軍營人文風情

  「迷彩樂園區」與「營區基地」臨近輜汽路的公園南端,迷彩樂園區以軍事符號的迷彩圖騰為建築與場域彩繪元素;伴隨營區歷經數十年風霜的老榕樹,與老舊營房建材再製而成的休憩木椅,此區諸多來自熱帶地區的耐旱樹種呈現南洋風情。營區基地則保留原來軍營的空間脈絡,運用了拆除後的舊營舍建材,加工為街道家具、木地板、植栽槽等。沿著步道蜿蜒而上,來到園區制高點「眺望哨」俯視公園美景,昔日環繞嚴肅氣息,現在已成為攝影愛好者駐足之地,眺望公園美景,也看見歷史變遷的時空軌跡。

  衛武營西側的「漫遊道」,是由大葉桃花心木林所貫穿南北的綠蔭大道,騎乘單車或步行緩逛皆適宜。周邊保留了羊蹄甲、樟樹、芒果樹等營區原有樹種。由軍營改建為公園,保留了生態、拉進人群與生活,也聯結了歷史與情感。

藝術殿堂 值得期待的美麗未來 

園區裏的生態湖和美麗的景觀 Park's lake and beautiful landscape  衛武營都會公園除了美麗的自然景觀與公共建設之外,最令人矚目的,便是將於2016年底完工的「衛武營藝術文化中心」主建築。2007年,荷蘭建築師法蘭韾.侯班(Francine Houben)由衛武營區的老榕樹群啟發靈感,考量南台灣的燠熱氣候與居民喜愛戶外活動的生活習性,設計出音波式外形與白色波浪自由形式的流暢建築外觀,猶如一尾滑入綠海的大魟魚。未來落成之後,將成為國際與台灣表演藝術團隊的舞台,也是培育國民美學的重要基地;在這座公園中,享受劇場的精采演出、體會自然生活,在衛武營都會公園深呼吸,愜意又自在。

  這座南方之夢,由生態與藝文澆灌,滋養出欣欣向榮的城市美學與盎然綠意,卸下軍營的沉重與神祕,現今是環抱豐富生態、朝氣蓬勃的寶庫,衛武營都會公園的美麗未來值得期待。