2014.02.28 Management of the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park
South China Morning Post
I would like to respond to the letter by Tanya Rabinowitz (“Children need more outside play areas”, January 30, 2014) regarding the management of public open spaces by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).
The Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park (the Park) was open to the public in June 2010. The grand statue of Dr SUN and the extensive lawn area around it have been the park’s focal points. For the sake of proper turf maintenance, the park management closes half of the lawn in alternative months, but will open the entire lawn area during large scale events and festive days such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and Lunar New Year holidays.
To better meet public demand, we will, with effective from 1 March 2014, open up the whole lawn area for public use on weekends and public holidays. We will keep the situation in view and strive to ensure that the lawn will be kept at a reasonably good quality.
The park management has received complaints from park visitors from time to time against scooter and rollerblade activities that have caused nuisance to them. To strike a balance between the different needs of park users including those of young children, we will exercise flexibility towards activities conducted by small kids so long as they do not cause nuisance to other park users.
There is a children’s playground in the Park, which is provided with multi-play equipment, spring rider and swing for children of all ages. We will continue to look for opportunities of providing more children’s playgrounds along the Central harbourfront in consultation with the District Council concerned and other relevant authorities.
Chief Leisure Manager (Hong Kong West)
Leisure and Cultural Services Department