Date
17 December 2017
Skateboarders try to make the best of a bad situation rink. Some say the skating rink is sandy. Source: Facebook
Skateboarders try to make the best of a bad situation rink. Some say the skating rink is sandy. Source: Facebook

Tseung Kwan O park: Better as a potato field?

For all the hype, not to mention a hefty price tag, the Tseung Kwan O Town Park does not impress a lot of people. 

The park, touted as the government’s billion-dollar answer to complaints that the town lacks green space, looks like a raked potato field, Headline Daily reported Friday, citing local residents.

The local district opened the park on Wednesday, three months behind schedule but apparently before it was ready.

District councilor Francis Chau said any delay would have been more disappointing than the fact some facilities are incomplete, according to the report.

But residents would have none of it.

They complained that the model boat pool is too small and is the wrong shape, causing the toys to overturn. The skating rink is sandy and some facilities in the children’s play area remain closed off.  

All that after the government plunked HK$1.13 billion (US$145.75 million) into the 5.3-hectare project in response to public demands for a green oasis in their neck of the concrete jungle.

Chau has asked the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) to make things right.

LSCD responded by saying the park could not open on schedule because the grass was growing just fast enough as the weather was too cold early this year.

No word about the potato field.

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