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2011
September
Special arrangements for LCSD venues during Mid-Autumn Festival
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     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will extend opening hours and make special arrangements at some of its venues for the public to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

     Details of extended opening hours and special arrangements of selected venues are as follows:

September 11-13
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Jockey Club Tak Wah Park in Tsuen Wan District
6.30am to midnight (extended by one hour)

North District Park
6am to midnight (extended by one hour)

Tsuen Wan Park
6.30am to midnight (extended by one hour)

Tsing Yi Park
5.30am to midnight (extended by half an hour)

Tsing Yi Northeast Park
5.30am to midnight (extended by half an hour)

September 11 and 12
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Fung Tak Park in Wong Tai Sin District
6am (Terrace opened at 6.30am) to midnight (extended by one hour)

Ngau Chi Wan Park in Wong Tai Sin District
6.30am to midnight (extended by one hour)

Aldrich Bay Park in Eastern District
- Water Feature and Fisherman Hut Pavilion
September 11: 6.30am to midnight (extended by one and a half hours)
September 12: 6.30am to 1am (extended by two and a half hours)

September 12 and 13
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Sha Tin Park
September 12: 6.30am to 12.30am (extended by one and a half hour)
September 13: 6.30am to midnight (extended by one hour)

September 12 (Mid-Autumn Festival)
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Hong Kong Park
- Outdoor facilities
6am to midnight (extended by one hour)

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
- Fountain Terrace Garden
6am to midnight (extended by two hours)

West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
6am to midnight (extended by one hour)

September 13 (The day after Mid-Autumn Festival)
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Victoria Park Central Lawn
Temporarily closed from 2am to 5am for cleaning operation

Shek O Beach
Partially closed from 3am to 5am for cleaning operation

     The LCSD urges people to keep places clean and tidy and not to burn wax when celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival.

     A spokesman for the LCSD said patrols would be stepped up at the department's venues including parks, public beaches and barbecue sites from September 11 to 13. On those three nights, about 1,000 staff would be deployed to take enforcement actions against littering, wax-burning and flying sky lanterns.

     "We call on people not to burn wax when celebrating the festival. They should not sprinkle or pour liquids onto hot wax, or fly sky lanterns, which might cause injuries or damage to property,” the spokesman said.

     He stressed that littering offenders would be issued with fixed penalty notices at a fine of $1,500 while those who burnt wax or flied sky lanterns might be prosecuted.

     According to the Pleasure Grounds Regulation, no person shall, in any pleasure ground, melt or burn any wax; or sprinkle or pour any liquid onto any hot wax; or fly sky lanterns. According to the Bathing Beaches Regulation, no person shall, on any bathing beach, do any act which is likely to endanger or obstruct any other person using the beach; or damage, deface or pollute the beach or anything situated thereon. Any person who is convicted is liable to a maximum fine of $2,000 and 14 days' imprisonment.

     "People should not place lit candles on the ground, grass pitches or on beaches. Metal cans or non-flammable containers should be used to collect melted wax for easy disposal into litter bins after the containers cool down."

     He added that people could report wax burning cases at LCSD venues by calling the department's hotline 2414 5555 from 7pm to midnight between September 11 and 13. LCSD staff would be deployed to the scene promptly to take appropriate actions.

Ends/Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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