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Some LCSD venues to open longer during Mid-Autumn Festival

Some LCSD parks and beaches will extend their opening hours during Mid-Autumn Festival, so the public can enjoy the celebration.

Details of the special opening arrangements are as follows:

September 17 – 19
North District Park
6am to midnight (extended by one hour)

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

Jockey Club Tak Wah Park
6.30am to midnight (extended by one hour)

September 17
West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
7.30 pm to midnight (extended by one hour)

September 18
West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
7am to midnight (extended by one hour)

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens:

Fountain Terrace Garden
6am to midnight (extended by two hours)

Children's Playground, Aviaries, Reptile House and Mammal Enclosures
6am to 7pm (no change)

9am to 4.30pm (no change)

Hong Kong Park:

Outdoor Facilities
6am to midnight (extended by one hour)

Conservatory and Aviary
9am to 5pm (no change)

Sha Tin Park
6am to 12.30am (extended by one and a half hours)

Fung Tak Park
6.30am to midnight (extended by one hour)

September 19
Victoria Park Central Lawn
Temporarily closed from 2am to 6am for cleaning operation

Shek O Beach
Partially closed from 3am to 6am for cleaning operation

While welcoming the public to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in LCSD venues, the department will adopt a zero-tolerance approach to anyone littering or burning wax in the venues.

The LCSD will step up patrols of LCSD venues such as parks, public beaches and barbecue sites. On each night from September 17 to 19, around 1,000 staff will be deployed to take enforcement action against offenders.

"Members of the public should pack up their rubbish for proper disposal into litter bins," an LCSD spokesman said.

The spokesman warned that littering offenders would be issued with fixed-penalty tickets of $1,500.

Under the Pleasure Grounds Regulation, melting or burning wax, or sprinkling or pouring liquid onto hot wax at LCSD venues, which could injure a person or damage property, is prohibited.

"An offender is liable to a maximum fine of $2,000 and 14 days' imprisonment upon conviction," the spokesman said.

"People should place metal cans or non-flammable containers under lit candles so as to collect melted wax for easy disposal into litter bins."

The public can report wax-burning cases at LCSD venues by dialling the hotline, 2414 5555, which will operate from 7pm to midnight on September 17, 18 and 19.

"Upon receiving a complaint, we will immediately deploy our staff to the scene to take appropriate enforcement action," the spokesman added.

Ends/Friday, September 16, 2005
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