Facilities and Projects

The LCSD attaches great importance to the provision of leisure and cultural facilities to the public. Its Planning Section liaises closely with various District Councils to provide facilities that best meet the needs of the local community. Since the Department's establishment in 2000, some 90 projects with a total cost of about $12 billion have been completed. In addition, we are actively pursuing the implementation of 46 ex-Municipal Council projects and new projects that have been selected for priority treatment and early implementation.

In 2008-09, the Department made significant progress in providing new leisure and cultural facilities.

New Facilities Completed

Eight new projects were completed during the year, including Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground, which comprises athletic facilities suitable for international field competitions and two natural turf football pitches; Local Open Space in Area 16 (Yau Oi South), Tuen Mun; Local Open Space in Area 50, Sham Tseng, Tsuen Wan; Sham Shui Po Park ------- Stage 2; District Open Space in Area 40A, Tseung Kwan O; District Open Space in Area 107, Tin Shui Wai; Local Open Space in Area 28, Fanling/Sheung Shui; and District Open Space in Shek Yam Estate ------- Phases 1 and 4, Kwai Chung. A full list of completed projects can be found in Appendix 5.

The newly built Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground, comprising a main sports ground and a secondary sports ground, is up to international standards and well-equipped to host international and local athletic events.

Facilities Upgraded for the Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games

In addition to the construction of the new Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground, the facilities of 13 existing LCSD venues have been upgraded for the Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games (EAG) at a total estimated cost of about $800 million. The upgrading works of these 13 venues ------- Queen Elizabeth Stadium, King's Park Hockey Ground, Hong Kong Coliseum, Hong Kong Stadium, Kowloon Park Swimming Pool, Lai Chi Kok Park Sports Centre, Western Park Sports Centre, Shek Kip Mei Park Sports Centre, Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Tseung Kwan O Sports Centre, Victoria Park Tennis Centre, Hong Kong Squash Centre and Stanley Main Beach Water Sports Centre ------- were completed in mid-2009.

Queen Elizabeth Stadium is one of the venues that has been renovated to host the Hong Kong 2009 EAG.

The newly renovated Hong Kong Coliseum boasts different coloured seating areas, which allows audience members to find their seats easily.

The scope of the improvement works for these 13 EAG venues primarily includes:

(a)   general refurbishment, including a face-lift for ancillary facilities;
(b)   the provision of functional/competition facilities required for the Hong Kong 2009 EAG, such as offices for judges and organisers, media rooms, doping control rooms, facilities for ceremonies, lighting and ventilation enhancement, and the addition of spectator seating;
(c)   upgrading/replacing ageing facilities to bring them up to modern standards; and
(d)   the incorporation of a thematic design to create a coherent EAG identity at the competition venues.

Facilities under Construction

At the end of 2008-09, the construction of 18 capital works projects was in progress, including 12 major facilities: Tin Shui Wai Public Library cum Sports Centre; Ma On Shan Waterfront Promenade; a Swimming Pool Complex with an indoor heated pool in Area 2 in Tung Chung; an Indoor Recreation Centre, a Community Hall cum Library in Area 17, Tung Chung; District Open Space in Area 18, Tung Chung; Tseung Kwan O Complex in Area 44, which comprises a sports centre and a community hall; a Sports Centre in Area 28A, Fanling/Sheung Shui; District Open Space at Po Kong Village Road and the Ngau Chi Wan Recreation Ground in Wong Tai Sin; Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park and Swimming Pool Complex; and the Siu Sai Wan Complex, which comprises a sports centre, two swimming pools, a small library and a community hall. A complete list of projects is provided in Appendix 6.

Minor Works Projects

Seventeen minor works projects, each costing less than $15 million, were completed during the year, and 17 are currently under construction.
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