Kowloon Tsai Park

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Coordinates: 22°19′58″N 114°11′00″E / 22.33278°N 114.18333°E / 22.33278; 114.18333

Kowloon Tsai Park
九龍仔公園
HK KowloonTsaiPark InvernessRdEntrance.jpg
Inverness Road entrance
Location Kowloon Tsai,
Hong Kong
Area 14.99 hectares
Opened June 1964 (1964-06)
Operated by Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Public transit access Lok Fu Station
The "checkerboard" on the hill above the park

Kowloon Tsai Park is a park located in the Kowloon Tsai area in of New Kowloon. It lies within the Kowloon City District and opened in June 1964.[1]

History[edit]

In the 1950s, the area was used as a borrow area to supply fill for the extension of the nearby Kai Tak Airport runway. The Urban Council commissioned architecture firm Leigh and Orange to draw up plans for the redevelopment of this area of "barren hills and waste lands" as a new recreational area for the citizens of Kowloon.[2] The first phase of the new park opened in 1964.[1]

The Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool, the first in Kowloon, was funded by the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club and also opened in 1964. Originally, the pool was not open in the evening because it sat under the airport flight path, hence the Civil Aviation Department would not agree on the use of outdoor floodlighting there.[3]

Features[edit]

The park consists of three football fields (2 artificial grass and 1 natural grass), two basketball courts, two 7-a-side football courts, one public swimming pool, two tennis courts, a Bauhinia Garden and children's playgrounds.

Kowloon Tsai Sports Ground is located within the park. It consists of an international standard football field, running tracks and a spectator stand with bathroom facilities. The grandstand seats 1,216.[4]

The Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool was the first swimming pool in Kowloon. It features a 50 metre competition pool and smaller leisure pools. The LCSD plans to reconstruct the pool complex to provide an indoor heated pool.[5]

The famous checkerboard for the Kai Tak Runway 13 approach can be found at the top of the park.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kowloon Tsai Park". Leisure and Cultural Services Departent. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Big swimming pool planned in Kowloon Tsai Park". South China Morning Post. 7 January 1961. p. 7. 
  3. ^ Ip, Ki-Tit (21 July 1979). "Shedding light on Kowloon Tsai pool". South China Morning Post. 
  4. ^ "Kowloon Tsai Sports Ground". Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Progress Report of the 8th Meeting of the Kowloon City District Council" (PDF). Kowloon City District Office. April 2013.