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May
Castle Peak Beach to reopen to swimmers
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Castle Peak Beach in Tuen Mun District, which closed in 1981 due to poor water quality, would be reopened on June 1, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced today (May 27).

"Improvement works to Castle Peak Beach such as dredging the silt at the sea bottom and the construction of a beach building in 2000, have been carried out," a department spokesman said.

"There has been water quality improvement in recent years due to implementation of pollution control measures and sewerage programmes. The water quality of Castle Peak Beach is now generally kept at Grade 2, which is suitable for swimming.

"To ensure a safe environment for swimmers, work on installing a shark net was completed on May 24."

Currently, there are five beaches open for public use in Tuen Mun District, including Butterfly Beach, Kadoorie Beach, Cafeteria Old Beach, Cafeteria New Beach and Golden Beach.

"Castle Peak Beach will be an alternative for nearby residents and all other swimmers this summer," the spokesman said.

Occupying a beach area of 2.97 hectares and a swimming zone of 0.8 hectares, Castle Peak Beach provides a variety of facilities for beach-goers. These include female and male toilets as well as toilets for the disabled, female and male changing rooms, barbecue pits, a children's playground and a fast-food kiosk.

Car parking spaces are also available at the beach.

The lifeguard service at Castle Peak Beach will be offered daily from 9am to 6pm in April, May, September and October. During the peak swimming season from June to August, the lifeguards will be on duty from 9am to 6pm on weekdays and from 8am to 7pm on weekends and public holidays.

Ends/Friday, May 27, 2005
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