Tuen Mun Park

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Tuen Mun Park
屯門公園
Tuen Mun Park Pavilion 201207.jpg
Entrance pavilion
Type Public park
Location Tuen Mun New Town
Area 12.5 hectares
Opened 1985 (Phase I)
1988 (Phase II)
1991 (Phase III)
Operated by Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Public transit access Town Centre Stop (Light Rail)
Tuen Mun Station (West Rail)
Tuen Mun Park Artificial Lake
Tuen Mun Park The Reptile House
Tuen Mun Park Multi game area
MTR Town Centre Light Rail Stop at Tuen Mun Park

Tuen Mun Park (Chinese: 屯門公園), formerly known as Tuen Mun Town Park, is located in Tuen Mun.[1] It is the largest town park in the New Territories, Hong Kong, covering 12.5 hectares (31 acres).[2]

The park sits between the Tuen Mun River and Tuen Mun Town Centre, near Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Tuen Mun Public Library and Tuen Mun Town Hall. It is next to Tuen Mun Station and the Light Rail Town Centre Stop.

History[edit]

The town park was conceived in the 1970s alongside Tuen Mun's town centre.[3] The land upon which the park sits was originally part of Castle Peak Bay, and was reclaimed from the sea in the 1970s. Before construction of the park began, the site was used as a temporary housing area in the interim.[4] In November 1981, the Tuen Mun New Town Development Office commissioned a private consultant, EBC Hongkong, to lay out the park. It was designed with artificial lakes, "spectacular" water features, roller-skating areas, children's playgrounds, a cafe, and an area for model boats.[4] The contract to construct the first phase of the park, valued at HK$32 million, was awarded in September 1983.[5]

The park originally fell under the purview of the Regional Council. It won the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects Silver Medal in 1990.[6][7]

Facilities[edit]

The Reptile House[edit]

Opened in 1999, the Reptile House is one of the first of its kind in the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It is situated at the turfed area in the southern part of the park and has a floor area of about 245 square metres. Facilities in the Reptile House include indoor terraria and a courtyard terrarium where various species of reptiles are displayed. At present, there are 20 species in 43 live exhibits displayed in the House. Besides, graphic display of relevant information and 7 reptile models are also provided. With its annual patronage of 400,000 including 75,000 group visitors, the Reptile House is becoming one of the major vantage points in the park.

Species include: bearded dragon, Cuban anole[disambiguation needed], boa constrictor, veiled chameleon, western painted turtle, Tokay gecko, leopard gecko, star tortoise, spurred tortoise, iguana, Thai water dragon, ball python, blue-tongued skink, spectacled caiman.[8]

Other features[edit]

  • Amphitheatre
  • Artificial lake
  • Badminton/volleyball courts
  • Canteen
  • Children's playground
  • Model boat pool
  • Roller skating rink
  • Water cascade

Noise problem[edit]

The park has made headlines over controversy surrounding noise generated by musicians in the park. Neighbours of the park long complained of the noise nuisance, while others defended the primarily retired singers who congregated in the park. In 2006, the LCSD proposed to designate special areas in the park for singing and performance with no external amplification allowed, while singing groups complained that singing without amplification was akin to "cooking without salt".[9] Nearby residents groups complained the plan was insufficient, with a Kam Wah Garden resident stating that the performances were a "poison to us all" and lamenting the perpetual need to close all the windows at home.[10] A proposal to build a noise barrier was scrapped after the Architectural Services Department determined that the barrier would increase traffic noise by reflecting it back toward the residential area.[11]

Transport[edit]

The park is next to two railway stations. It can be accessed via Exit B of Tuen Mun Station, the terminus of the West Rail Line, which goes to Kowloon. It is also adjacent to Town Centre Stop of the light rail system. There is also a bus terminus at Tuen Mun Town Centre served by many routes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Koon Kwai Wong; Xiaojiang Yu (2009). Recreation conflict perceptions of urban park visitors: a case study of Tuen Mun Park, Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong Baptist University. pp. 1–29. ISBN 978-962-8804-82-5. 
  2. ^ Howlett, Bob (1996). Hong Kong 1996 : a review of 1995 and a pictorial review of the past fifty years. Hong Kong: Government Information Services. p. 365. ISBN 978-962-02-0220-9. 
  3. ^ Choi, Barry (21 December 1974). "Unique centre for Tuen Mun". South China Morning Post. p. 7. 
  4. ^ a b Choi, Frank (26 July 1982). "Plan for $100m Tuen Mun park". South China Morning Post. p. 15. 
  5. ^ Choi, Frank (5 October 1983). "Full steam ahead for new town's $1.36b projects". South China Morning Post. p. 12. 
  6. ^ Bakar, Jamil Abu (2002). A design guide of public parks in Malaysia. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. p. 27. ISBN 978-983-52-0274-2. 
  7. ^ Kirby, James (14 January 1991). "New town architect wins award". South China Morning Post. 
  8. ^ The Reptile House
  9. ^ Kwong, Robin (25 February 2006). "Government to give noisy park quiet entertainers". South China Morning Post. 
  10. ^ Lam, Agnes (6 March 2006). "Plan for music zones in park fails to soothe residents' nerves". South China Morning Post. 
  11. ^ Lam, Agnes (16 August 2006). "Barrier plan to cut noise from park singers is scrapped". South China Morning Post. 

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Coordinates: 22°23′32″N 113°58′25″E / 22.39209°N 113.97372°E / 22.39209; 113.97372