Chapter 1 - Introduction and Controlling Officer's Profile of Key Responsibilities

1.1 The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), set up under the Home Affairs Bureau, is responsible for the territory-wide provision of recreational, sports and cultural facilities and services.

Vision, Mission and Values

1.2 Our vision is to –
  • provide quality leisure and cultural services that are commensurate with Hong Kong’s development as a world-class city and events capital.
1.3 Our mission is to –
  • enrich life by providing quality leisure and cultural services for all;
  • promote professionalism and excellence in leisure pursuits and cultural services;
  • promote synergy with sports, cultural and community organisations in enhancing the development of arts and sports in the territory;
  • preserve cultural heritage;
  • beautify the environment through tree planting;
  • achieve a high level of customer satisfaction; and
  • build a highly motivated, committed and satisfying workforce.
1.4 We achieve our mission by embracing the following core values –
  • Customer focus
    We continue to respond to customer needs and pledge to provide services in a courteous and user-friendly manner.
  • Quality
    We pledge to deliver high-quality services in a cost-effective manner.
  • Creativity
    We continue to encourage diversity and to value original ideas.
  • Professionalism
    We uphold the highest standards of professionalism and ethics while maintaining a high level of performance.
  • Result oriented
    Our focus at all times is to achieve the best results possible.
  • Cost-effective
    We are committed to reaching our goals in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • Continuous improvement
    We seek to continually improve our services and to respond proactively in meeting the changing needs of the community.

Overall View of Our Operation

1.5 Organisation Chart of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organisation Chart of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
1.6 The major responsibilities of the Department are set out in the paragraphs below.

Recreation and Sports

1.7 We develop and manage recreation and sports facilities and organise a wide range of leisure activities in order to promote recreation and sports at all levels throughout the community.  As at 31 December 2017, the number of major recreational and sports facilities under our management was –
No. of major recreational and sports facilities
Sports centres 99
Sports grounds 25
Beaches 41
Swimming pools 44
Parks 1 586
Children’s playgrounds* 640

(* The figure on children’s playgrounds refers to “the number of venues provided with children’s playground” and a venue with more than one children’s play areas will only be counted once.)


Horticulture and Amenities

1.8 We promote greening of Hong Kong through planting of trees, shrubs and other plants in public parks and amenity areas, and through organising a wide range of community greening activities.  In 2017, we maintained a total of about 1 258 hectares of amenities area and planted about 2.57 million trees, shrubs and annuals.

Horticulture and Amenities Photo

Heritage and Museums

1.9 We preserve heritage and provide museum services with a view to promoting appreciation of arts, science, history, heritage and culture.  In 2017, we managed 14 museums, two heritage centres, a film archive and two visual art centres.  We organised a total of 148 in-house/off-site exhibitions and 27 284 in-house/outreach programmes covering the themes of arts, science, history and heritage.

Heritage and Museums Photo

Performing Arts

1.10 We promote performing and cinematic arts through the provision of cultural facilities and the presentation of programmes.  In 2017, we managed 16 performing arts venues and organised over 5 800 cultural presentations including music, dance, Cantonese and western opera, drama, theatre, multimedia performing arts and film programmes and activities.

Performing Arts Photo

Public Libraries

1.11 We provide, manage and develop library services to meet community needs for knowledge, life-long learning, information, research and recreation; to offer library extension activities to all ages; and to promote reading and literary arts.  As at 31 December 2017, we managed 82 public libraries and a rich library collection comprising 13.04 million books and 1.86 million non-print materials.

Public Libraries Photo