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

Penfold Park
彭福公園
Penfold Park Overview 2009.jpg
Aerial view
Location Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Area Approx. 9 hectares
Opened May 1979
Operated by Hong Kong Jockey Club
Public transit access Racecourse Station (250 m)
Fo Tan Station (600 m)

Penfold Park (Chinese: 彭福公園) is a public park managed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. It is named after Major-General Bernard 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.[1]

History[edit]

The park was briefly called Infield Park at opening in May 1979. The chairman of the Jockey Club Board of Stewards, during the Stewards' annual general meeting on 17 September 1979, announced that the park would be named in honour of Major-General Bernard Penfold. The chairman explained that the Stewards "considered the beautifying of the in-field with shrubs and trees to be a characteristic example of General Penfold's many achievements".[2] General Penfold, the manager of the Jockey Club who presided over construction of the park, was slated to retire the following year after seven seasons as general manager.[3][4]

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.

Features[edit]

Opening hours[edit]

On 22 September 2015, The Hong Kong Jockey Club announced that Penfold Park would be open year-round and with extended opening hours.[5]

Summer Time(May - Sep) Winter Time(Oct – Apr)
Sha Tin Day Race (normally Sat or Sun) 09:00-11:30
Sha Tin Night Race (normally Wed) 09:00-17:00
Non-racedays

*except opening at 09.30 on barrier trials (normally Tue & Fri)

09:00*-19:30 09:00*-18:30

Transportation[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penfold Park". The Jockey Club Charities Trust. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Track gets a Penfold Park". South China Morning Post. 18 September 1979. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ Bray, Denis (2001). Hong Kong: Metamorphosis. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. p. 168. 
  5. ^ Penfold Park opens year-round with extended hours Bringing more joyful moments to people and pets alike,HKJC CORPORATE NEWS,22 September 2015

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