Taichung councilors disagree on film recreational park location
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taichung City Council members are in disagreement over the location of the new construction of a film-themed recreation park.
January 30, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
After part of Taichung's Shueinan District was chosen as a shooting location for director Ang Lee's “Life of Pi,” residents are calling for the park, hoping to revitalize local life and commerce.
Although Lee built a wave pool in Shueinan for “Pi,” city councilor Jiang Sheng-siung (江勝雄) led a group of petitioners to a council meeting, requesting Taichung Mayor Jason Hu support moving the wave pool along with the film recreational park project to Wufeng.
Democratic Progressive Party city councilors Lai Chia-wei (賴佳微) and Chang Yao-chung (張耀中) said that the wave pool was created in Shueinan and should stay there as a tourist attraction. If the wave pool is not there, the petitioners wonder how Shueinan still be able to make use of the magic of “Pi” and lure in visitors.
Some city councilors are worried that investing too much attention and too many resources into Shueinan could cause an imbalance in Taichung's urban development. Each region should be able to receive equal assistance from the municipal government, they said.