Typhoon Megi takes its toll on Daan Park

Typhoon Megi takes its toll on Daan Park

Like much of the rest of Taiwan, Taipei's Daan Forest Park felt the wrath of Typhoon Megi, the eye of which made landfall at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon near Hualien City packing sustained winds of 155 kph, with gusts of up to 191 kph. Around 20% of the the park's trees sustained damage from the typhoon, according to a park groundskeeper. However, he was confident that the majority of the damaged trees would survive. The park was established in 1994 as a major green space for the city. It covers an area of 26 hectares with a wide variety of tree species, which according to the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration act as the city's "lungs" by absorbing 370 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year. The park features a pond, outdoor ampitheatre, jogging trails, and many areas for recreational activities such as tai chi, ultimate frisby and ballroom dancing.