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Special arrangements at 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 29 to October 1
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Jockey Club Tak Wah Park in Tsuen Wan
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)

Hang Hau Man Kuk Lane Park in Sai Kung
September 29 and October 1: 6am to midnight (extended by one hour)
September 30: 6am to 2am (extended by three hours)

September 29 and 30
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Fung Tak Park in Wong Tai Sin
6am to midnight (extended by one hour)

Aldrich Bay Park in Eastern District
- Water Feature and Fisherman Hut Pavilion
September 29: 6.30am to midnight (extended by one and a half hours)
September 30: 6.30am to 1am (extended by two and a half hours)

September 30 and October 1
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Sha Tin Park
September 30: 6.30am to 12.30am (extended by one and a half hour)
October 1: 6.30am to midnight (extended by one hour)

September 30 (Mid-Autumn Festival)
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Hong Kong Park in Central
- Outdoor facilities
6am to midnight (extended by one hour)

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

Jordan Valley Park in Kwun Tong
5am to 1am (extended by two hours)

October 1 (The day after Mid-Autumn Festival)
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Central Lawn of Victoria Park in Causeway Bay
Temporarily closed from 2am to 5am for cleaning operation

Shek O Beach in Southern District
Part of the beach will be temporarily closed from 3am to 5am for cleaning operation

     The LCSD urges people to keep places clean and tidy and not to burn wax or fly sky lanterns 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 between September 29 and October 1. About 1,000 staff would be deployed to take enforcement action against littering, wax burning and flying sky lanterns on those three nights.

     "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 and a fine of $1,500, while those who burn wax or fly sky lanterns may be prosecuted.

     According to the Pleasure Grounds Regulation, no person shall, at any pleasure ground, melt or burn any wax; or sprinkle or pour any liquid onto any hot wax; or fly kites, model aircraft, balloons, sky lanterns or other devices. 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 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 or fly sky lantern cases, or other irregularities at LCSD venues by calling the department's hotline 2414 5555 from 7pm to midnight between September 29 and October 1. LCSD staff would be deployed to the scene promptly to take appropriate action.

Ends/Friday, September 28, 2012
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