Penfold Park

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Coordinates: 22°23′56″N 114°12′23″E / 22.39889°N 114.20639°E / 22.39889; 114.20639

Overview of Penfold Park
Penfold Park lake entrance

Penfold Park (Chinese: 彭福公園) is a famous public park managed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. It is named after Major-General Robert Penfold, the first general manager of the Jockey Club who was in office from 1972 to 1979.

The park is located in the centre (within the track) of the Sha Tin Racecourse with a gross area of over 20 acres. It features green areas, as well as pools used by various waterbirds. People around the area often go there to have a walk. There are many painted horse statues and artworks. It is closed during horse racing days and Mondays.


The park was briefly called Infield Park at opening in May 1979, but acquired its present name by the end of the year upon the retirement of General Bernard Penfold, the manager of the Jockey Club who presided over construction of the park.[1][2]

During the years after SARS, there have been a few slight bouts of bird flu, and the man-made lakes have been closed a few times to reduce the chance of visitors contracting the diseases. The Hong Kong Jockey Club announced that Penfold Park would be closed from the end of July 2007 to April 2008 for the construction of training facilities for the 2008 Olympic equestrian events. On January 17, 2009, the park is reopened for public once again.


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  1. ^ "Ribbon-cutting Ceremony, Arch Gate, Penfold Park, 1980". The Hong Kong Jockey Club Archives. Hong Kong Memory Project. Retrieved 10 July 2014. The Park was initially opened as the Infield Park in May 1979 and changed its name to Penfold Park in late 1979 to commemorate the retirement of the Club’s then general manager, General Bernard Penfold. 
  2. ^ Bray, Denis (2001). Hong Kong: Metamorphosis. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. p. 168. 

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