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Longer opening hours at some LCSD venues during Mid-Autumn Festival

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will extend the opening hours of some of its parks for the public to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Details of the special opening arrangements are as follows:

October 5 - 7

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

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

Tsing Yi Park
5.30am to midnight (extended by half an hour)

North District Park
6.30am to midnight (extended by one hour)

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

October 6

Sha Tin Park
6.30am to 12.30am (extended by one and a half hours)

Hong Kong Park:
Outdoor facilities
6am to midnight (extended by one hour)

Conservatory and Aviary
9am to 5pm (remain unchanged)

West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
6am to midnight (extended by one hour)

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

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

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

The department will step up patrols in its venues including parks, public beaches and barbecue sites. On each night from October 5 to 7, around 1,000 staff will be deployed to take enforcement action against offenders.

"People should pack up their rubbish for proper disposal in litter bins," a department spokesman said.

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

Under the Pleasure Grounds Regulation, melting or burning wax, or sprinkling or pouring liquid onto hot wax at department venues, which is likely to cause bodily harm 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.

He reminded people to place metal cans or non-flammable containers under lit candles to collect melted wax for easy disposal in litter bins.

People can report wax burning cases at department venues by dialling the hotline, 2414 5555, which will operate from 7pm to midnight on October 5, 6 and 7.

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

Ends/Thursday, October 5, 2006

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