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2008
September
Special Mid-Autumn Festival arrangements at some LCSD venues
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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 people to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

     Details of the special opening arrangements are as follows:

September 13 to 15
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North District Park
September 13 and 15: 6am to 12.30am (extended by one and a half hours)
September 14: 6am to 1am (extended by two hours)

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

Jockey Club Tak Wah Park
6.30am to midnight (extended by one hour)

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

September 13 and 14
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Fung Tak Park
6.30am to midnight (extended by one hour)

Sha Tin Park
September 13: 6.30am to midnight (extended by one hour)
September 14: 6.30am to 12.30am (extended by one and a half hours)

September 14 (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)

Victoria Park Central Lawn
Temporarily closed from 2am to 5am on September 15 for cleaning operation

Shek O Beach
Partially closed from 3am to 5am on September 15 for cleaning operation

     While welcoming people to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in its venues, the LCSD warned that it would not tolerate littering or burning of wax.

     The LCSD will step up patrols at its venues, including parks, public beaches and barbecue sites, from September 13 to 15. On those three nights, around 1,000 staff will be deployed to take enforcement action against people who litter or burn wax.

     A spokesman for the LCSD said that littering offenders would be issued with $1,500 fixed-penalty tickets while those who burnt wax would be prosecuted.

     "Wax-burning is strictly prohibited. People should not place lit candles on the ground, lawns or beaches. Metal cans or non-flammable containers should be used to collect melted wax for easy disposal into litter bins," the spokesman said.

     "They should wrap and properly dispose of their rubbish into litter bins," he added.

     Visitors to the LCSD venues should not melt or burn wax, or sprinkle or pour liquids onto hot wax where someone is likely to be injured or property may be damaged.

     An offender is liable to a maximum fine of $2,000 and 14 days' jail.

     People can report wax burning cases at the LCSD venues by calling the hotline, 2414 5555, which will operate from 7pm to midnight on September 13, 14 and 15. LCSD staff will then be deployed to the scene to take enforcement action.

Ends/Thursday, September 11, 2008
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