2012.05.05 Necessity of works undertaken at Quarry Bay Park and Victoria Park
South China Morning Post
We would like to explain the necessity of the works recently undertaken at the Quarry Bay Park and Victoria Park (“Department’s park projects are pointless”, May 3).
The ground surface near the west entrance of the Quarry Bay Park was repaved in January this year with new tiles because the old paving blocks, which had been in use since 1994, were found to have different degree of damage, undulation and water logging problems as a result of wear and tear. The new tiles are commonly used in other public parks; and the material is non-slippery, more durable and easier to maintain than the old paving blocks. The draining condition and heat dissipation of the resurfaced area has also improved.
As for the works being carried out in the area between No. 3 and 4 soccer pitches of the Victoria Park and on the footbridge connecting to the Hong Kong Central Library, they are part of the improvement works to upgrade the tactile guide path, which is essential to meet the latest standards as prescribed by the barrier free building regulations for the visually-impaired.
The works in the parks might have caused some inconvenience and noise nuisance to users, but we hope members of the public would appreciate that such works are needed to upkeep the standard and safety of our facilities.
(Ms Winnie Lee Fung-ming)
Chief Leisure Manager (Hong Kong East)
Leisure and Cultural Services Department