Taipei City takes over management of 7 pools


TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Taipei city government took over management of seven heated swimming pools of the city yesterday after a private company contracted to run the facilities shut them down a day earlier due to financial difficulties.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin told reporters that the city government will safeguard the interests of Taipei residents and their right to use the facilities, based on provisions of the contracts between the city government and Eden Athletics. Hau said he has asked the Parks and Street Lights Office of the city government’s Public Works Bureau to seek legal counsel to resolve the dispute.

Eden Athletics was awarded contracts to run 14 swimming pools owned by the city government, including the seven heated pools which remain open in winter. Some of the well-known heated pools include the Youth Park Swimming Pool in Wanhua District, the Yuquan Park Heated Swimming Pool in Datong District and the Yucheng Swimming Pool in Nangang District. The company has run into financial difficulties recently and owes NT$20 million (US$617,665) in royalties to the Taipei city government.