Sha Tin Park
|Sha Tin Park|
|Sha Tin Central Park|
Sha Tin Park (Chinese: 沙田公園), formerly known as Sha Tin Central Park (Chinese: 沙田中央公園), is a park at 2 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong. It is situated along the Shing Mun River in the new town of Sha Tin, next to the New Town Plaza, Sha Tin Town Hall, and Sha Tin Public Library.
Most of the land that the park occupies was reclaimed from Tide Cove during the construction of the Sha Tin New Town, though some of the land existed beforehand and was previously occupied by the Sha Tin Airfield, a military air base.
While the park was under construction, a "sneak preview" was provided to the public as it was temporarily opened from 14 to 17 March 1987 for the Hongkong Flower Show.
Shortly following the Tiananmen Square massacre, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China erected a replica of the Goddess of Democracy statue in Sha Tin Central Park, on a temporary basis, with the approval of the council. Over 4,000 people attended its unveiling on 3 July 1989, with many laying wreathes at the foot of the statue. In 1997, the pro-Beijing camp within the council voted down another application by the alliance to temporarily exhibit the Pillar of Shame statue in the park on the anniversary of the massacre.
Facilities include the Main Plaza, Amphitheatre, South Garden, North Garden, Artists' Corner, Walled Garden, Verandah, Azalea Garden, Scented Garden, Children Playgrounds (in both South Garden and North Garden), Light Refreshment Kiosks and Birds Conservation Area in the park.
Artists' Corner is an open area for the artists exhibiting, displaying, sharing and selling their personal products with the public on every Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays. There is a Wedding Garden in the Artists' Corner.
- "Flower show in new park". South China Morning Post. 12 March 1987. p. 16.
- "History/Background". Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- Tang, John (30 June 1989). "Sha Tin will have statue for 16 days". South China Morning Post. p. 11.
- Fitzpatrick, Eamonn (4 July 1989). "Warm welcome for Goddess of Democracy statue". South China Morning Post. p. 8.
- Li, Angela (30 May 1997). "Bid to exhibit sculpture in Sha Tin park voted down". South China Morning Post. p. 6.
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