Hong Kong Park
- This article is about a park in Central, Hong Kong. For general information on the parks in Hong Kong,
please refer to List of urban public parks and gardens of Hong Kong.
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The Hong Kong Park is a public park next to Cotton Tree Drive in Central, Hong Kong. Built at a cost of HK$398 million and opened in May 1991, it covers an area of 80,000 m² and is an example of modern design and facilities blending with natural landscape.
Part of the site was known as Cantonment Hill in early colonial days in 1841. At the upper part of the former location of the Victoria Barracks, built between 1867 and 1910, the barracks were handed to the government in 1979. Glenealy Junior School occupied part of this site up until 1988. After the school vacated the site, the area was turned into the present park. Hong Kong Park was officially opened on 23 May 1991 by Sir David Wilson, the Governor of Hong Kong at that time. It covers an area of 8 hectares and is an outstanding example of modern design and facilities blending with the natural landscape.
A few historic buildings of former Victoria Barracks were also conserved in the park, including:
- Cassels Block (early 20th century), former barracks for married British officers. Now housing the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre since 1992
- Rawlinson House (early 20th century), former house of the British Deputy General, converted in the 1980s into Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry and the Office of the Park.
- Wavell House (early 20th century), former quarters for married British officers, converted in 1991 into the aviary support centre (Education Centre).
These historic buildings are graded as Grade II Historic Buildings.
The park can be easily reached by walking through the Pacific Place and its nearby escalator.
Hong Kong Park captures the natural landscape in the busy and crowd business centre and provides a relaxing environment. Its main feature is Edward Youde Aviary which is the Hong Kong's largest aviary while the Vantage Point is another great place to see the "bird exhibition". Moreover, inside the Hong Kong Park, there is a greenhouse (Forsgate Conservatory) which holds "plant exhibition" such as "Orchid Exhibition" temporarily. There are also many modern gardens, including Garden Plaza and Tai Chi Garden. In order to suit the sport-lovers, a sport centre and a squash centre were also built in Hong Kong Park.
- The design of the park won Honour Award for Urban Design (1998) of Hong Kong Chapter, the American Institute of Architects.,
- The Park was awarded as one of the Top Ten Buildings of the 90s by a building journal in March, 2000.
The greenhouse in Hong Kong Park
Inside an aviary at the central Hong Kong Park
Bali Starling in Aviary at Hong Kong Park
Statue of John Robert Osborn, dedicated to the defenders of Hong Kong in December 1941
- List of Graded Historic buildings in Hong Kong(As at 6 Jan 2007)
- Hong Kong Park wins US architectural award, Hong Kong Government
- Awards, Far East Consultant Engineering
- Top Ten Buildings of the 90s, Building Journal
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