Shuifanjiao Park in Xizhi District of Taipei is a newly opened park that is a cut above the rest. It is one of the few parks in Taiwan with a splash fountain that goes off hourly. In addition, it has huge long slides that can accommodate a lot of kids. Overall it is a fun place for your kids to enjoy.
Shuifanjiao park sits right along Xizhi Old Street, which was originally known as Shuifanjiao Street, and was a very important transport hub along the Keelung River. It is also known as Xizhi's first street. After World War 2, the train to Yilan replaced the need for a boat dock for shipping in Shenkeng, and the town slowly fell out of importance. Many of the shops here have been running for over three generations.
The area where the park now lies is a flood detention area, and before a park was built it was mainly old buildings and makeshift farmland.
You can see from the photo above (taken from 2018 Google Earth) that the park used to be just trees and illegal farmland.
The park was only recently opened in 2022 to huge crowds and fanfare, and it is probably the best park in Xizhi District, which is home to many residential buildings and young families.
How to get there:
By car/scooter: From Taipei, take provincial highway 5 north to Xizhi. Turn west onto Gongyuan Road and you are there. There is very limited car parking and lots of scooter parking next to the park.
By TRA: Take the TRA to Xizhi Station. The park is about a two minute walk to the west.
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We have been to Shuifanjiao park quite a few times. It is a new park that has just opened up and is fun for kids compared to some other more boring parks around Taipei.
Check out our drone video above for an overview of the area.
Or check out the 360 degree spherical panorama above.
Taken from the park entrance looking at Datong Road.
From the park entrance you can also see Zhongshun Temple across the road.
Here there is also a large concrete square.
Bathroom, Zhongzheng Old Street, and Datong Street.
Lots of scooter parking here.
Looking the other way from the scooter parking lot.
Walking down the south entrance, here there is a very small trampoline that kids have to wait in line to jump on.
You can also see some old brick work here, I am not sure what it was used for.
Another view of the concrete square.
There is also a huge slide here coming down from a "tea storage tower" where kids have to climb up rope nets.
A sand pit, although the sand grains here are quite large.
The fountain which goes off every hour or so in the summer.
Kids playing in the fountain, which lasts about ten minutes. Make sure your kids have a change of clothes.
The water also fills up this little splash pool.
And there are more fountains at the bottom of the slides here over another sand pit.
Another view of the fountain.
A small river running through the park, with some fish.
Another view of the slide.
Slide and tea storage tower. The slide kind of hurts your butt, it is meant to slow you down.
Another view of the tower with tiny rock wall.
Front view of the tower.
Bigger concrete slide out front.
View at sunset.
View of the park at sunset.
Sitting area above the park.
All wheelchair accessible.
Map of the park.
View of the park entrance.
Another map of the park.
South entrance to the park.
Private parking lot behind the park.
People are still making illegal gardens here.
Another view of the trampoline area.
Last view at sunset.
You can check out more photos from the park above.
Xizhi Old Street 汐止老街
Nearby you can find Xizhi Old Street, which was once an important trading location along the Keelung River. After the advent of railroads, the street was no longer useful, and now it is used mainly as a morning vegetable market. However many of the old red brick buildings here are still intact, and it is worth a stroll down the street if you are in the area. For our full blog on Xizhi Old Street, click here.
Xizhi Night Market 汐止夜市
Also nearby you can find Xizhi Night Market, an indoor night market under Xizhi TRA station. It includes nearly 100 stalls and is famous for its spring onion cakes and sticky rice. If you are in the area this night market is definitely worth a stop. For our full blog on Xizhi Night market, click here.
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