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2013
September
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 19 and 20 (Mid-Autumn Festival and the day
after Mid-Autumn Festival)
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Jordan Valley Park in Kwun Tong
September 19: 5am to 1am (extended by two hours)
September 20: 5am to 11.30pm (extended by
                              half an hour)

Sha Tin Park
September 19: 6.30am to 1am (extended by two hours)
September 20: 6.30am to midnight (extended by
                                  one hour)

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

Jockey Club Tak Wah Park in Tsuen Wan
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)

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

Hang Hau Man Kuk Lane Park in Sai Kung
September 19: 6am to 2am (extended by three hours)
September 20: 6am to midnight (extended by one hour)

September 19 (Mid-Autumn Festival)
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Aldrich Bay Park in Eastern District
- Water Feature and Fisherman Hut Pavilion
6.30am to 1am (extended by two and a half hours)

Hong Kong Park in Central
- Outdoor facilities
6am to midnight (extended by one hour)

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens in Central
- Fountain Terrace Garden
5am to midnight (extended by two hours)

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

September 20 (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 appealed to the public 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 19 and 20. About 1 000 staff would be deployed to take enforcement action against littering, wax burning and flying sky lanterns on these two nights.

     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 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.

     The spokesman stressed that littering offenders would be issued with a fixed penalty notice with a fine of $1,500 while those who burn wax or fly sky lanterns might be prosecuted.

     "To provide a better environment for members of the public to enjoy the festive occasion, we appeal to them not to burn wax. They should not sprinkle or pour liquids onto hot wax. Metal cans or non-flammable containers should be used to collect melted wax for easy disposal into litter bins after the containers cool down.

     "Moreover, members of the public should not fly sky lanterns as it might cause injuries or damage to property," the spokesman said.

     He urged people to report wax burning or sky lantern cases, or other irregularities, at LCSD venues by calling the department's hotline 2414 5555 from 7pm to midnight on September 19 and 20. LCSD staff would be deployed to the scene promptly to take appropriate action.

Ends/Monday, September 16, 2013
Issued at HKT 15:01

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