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LCSD's heated swimming pools open in winter

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced today (October 30) that a number of the LCSD's swimming pools throughout the territory will provide heated swimming facilities for public use during winter to allow more people to continue to exercise and enjoy the fun of swimming.

     Details of the opening arrangements of the LCSD's heated swimming pools in winter are as follows:

(A) Opening arrangements for 20 pools which provide heated swimming facilities:

Swimming pools                 Opening periods
-------------------            ---------------
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park      November 1, 2013, to
Swimming Pool                  March 31, 2014
Morrison Hill Swimming Pool
Victoria Park Swimming Pool
Island East Swimming Pool
Siu Sai Wan Swimming Pool
Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool
Kowloon Park Swimming Pool
Tai Kok Tsui Swimming Pool
Ho Man Tin Swimming Pool
Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool
Kwun Tong Swimming Pool
Lam Tin Swimming Pool
Tung Chung Swimming Pool
Tuen Mun North West Swimming Pool
Yuen Long Swimming Pool
Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool
Fanling Swimming Pool
Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool
Hin Tin Swimming Pool
Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool

(B) Four pools with heated swimming facilities will be closed during certain periods in winter for annual maintenance. Their opening periods are as follows:  
Swimming pools                Opening periods
--------------                ---------------
Sham Shui Po Park             November 1, 2013, to
Swimming Pool                 November 30, 2013

Wan Chai Swimming Pool        November 1, 2013, to
(only for group training      December 22, 2013; and
purposes)                     January 27, 2014, to
                              March 31, 2014

Tuen Mun                      November 1, 2013, to
Swimming Pool                 January 26, 2014

     Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool will be closed for improvement works and annual maintenance tentatively from mid-December 2013 to mid-May 2014 (the exact closure dates will be announced in due course).

(C) The weekly cleaning operation will be held as usual in these pools during their opening periods. The cleaning will start at 10am and finish at around 5pm to 6pm on the same day. The schedule is as follows:

Every Monday
Victoria Park Swimming Pool,
Tai Kok Tsui Swimming Pool,
Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool,
Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool,
Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool and
Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool
Every Tuesday
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Swimming Pool,
Kowloon Park Swimming Pool,
Tung Chung Swimming Pool and
Fanling Swimming Pool

Every Wednesday
Island East Swimming Pool,
Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool,
Ho Man Tin Swimming Pool,
Kwun Tong Swimming Pool,
Tuen Mun North West Swimming Pool and
Yuen Long Swimming Pool

Every Thursday
Morrison Hill Swimming Pool,
Siu Sai Wan Swimming Pool,
Lam Tin Swimming Pool,
Tuen Mun Swimming Pool and
Hin Tin Swimming Pool

Every Friday
Wan Chai Swimming Pool,
Sham Shui Po Park Swimming Pool and
Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool

     Meanwhile, from November 1 to 30, two public swimming pools without heated swimming facilities, namely Kennedy Town Swimming Pool and Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool, will open from 6.30am to noon daily.

     The LCSD urges swimmers to keep public pools clean and hygienic. If swimmers feel unwell, they should not swim. They are advised to use the toilet before swimming and not to urinate or defecate in the pools. Before entering the pool deck, swimmers should shower in the changing room, and walk through the shower bath and footbath.

Ends/Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Issued at HKT 11:01


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