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Crowds flock to free venues on July 1


Over 200,000 people participated in the July 1 Open Day organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, enjoying free use of indoor sports facilities, swimming pools and museums.

A spokesman for the department said today (July 2) that the facilities were all well received by the public, with a record high attendance.

"It was so encouraging that the public made good use of the chance to familiarise themselves with the leisure and cultural facilities and had fun on the holiday," he added.

Both the swimming pools and museums recorded a high attendance while the indoor sports facilities like badminton courts, squash courts and table tennis rooms were almost full.

Crowds queued early at pools and museums. More than 128,000 swimmers enjoyed their free swim at the department's 35 public pools, while more than 25,000 people visited exhibitions at the department's six major museums -- the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum; the Hong Kong Museum of Art; the Hong Kong Science Museum; the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence; and the Hong Kong Space Museum (Exhibition Halls only).

Some 52,000 people used the indoor sports facilities.

The department will hold four more Open Days throughout July as part of the Government's Relaunch Hong Kong Campaign to encourage the public to use its sports and cultural facilities to enrich their quality of life.

"The second Open Day will be on July 6. Only a limited number of free permits for badminton courts are available while those for squash courts, table tennis tables, and American pool tables are still being distributed. The public is advised to check availability with respective venues," the spokesman said.

The other three Open Days will be on July 13, 20 and 27 and the free permits for the indoor sports facilities will be distributed starting July 7, 14 and 21 respectively.

End/Wednesday, July 2, 2003

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