This is Hong Kong's largest sports venue with 40 000 seats. The stadium
is used mainly for football and international rugby matches, while large-scale
religious gatherings and fund-raising events for charity are also held.
In total, 504 000 spectators attended 37 events at the venue in 2003.
The LCSD manages four water sports centres (Chong Hing, Tai Mei Tuk,
the Jockey Club Wong Shek and St Stephen's Beach) and four holiday camps
(Lady MacLehose Holiday Village, Sai Kung Outdoor Recreation Centre, Tso
Kung Tam Outdoor Recreation Centre, and Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village).
During the year, 86 500 people participated in water sports programmes
held at the water sports centres and 382 890 enjoyed the facilities at
the holiday camps. To allow more people at work to enjoy camping facilities
after office hours, the department provided 'Evening Camp' programmes
for 20 730 people in 2003.
The LCSD manages 83 sports centres, 36 swimming pool complexes, 268
tennis courts, 323 squash courts, 24 sports grounds, four golf driving
ranges and two public riding schools.
Three new recreation and sport venues and one improvement
projects were completed in 2003: Local Open Space in Area 44 Tuen Mun,
Jordan Valley Playground (Phase II, Stage 2), Aldrich Bay Promenade and
Improvement Works to the Lady MacLehose Holiday Village and the Sai Kung
Outdoor Recreation Centre.
Works were in progress on 23 other projects:
Tai Po Complex, Indoor Recreation Centre/Library
in Area 100 Ma On Shan, Tai Kok Tsui Complex (Phase 2), Local Open Space
in Areas 18 and 21 Fanling, Kowloon Bay Recreation Ground, Local Open
Space in Area 14 (Mouse Island) Tuen Mun, District Open Space in Areas
3 and 8 Tsing Yi, Ma On Shan Sports Ground — Phase II, District Open Space
in Area 5 Tai Po, Football Pitch in Area 5 Tai Po; and
Local Open Space in Area 15 Tin Shui Wai, Water Sports
Centre at Stanley Main Beach, Improvement to Lok Wah Playground Kwun Tong,
Local Open Space in Ping Shan Yuen Long, District Open Space in Area 7
Tung Chung, Provision of a Multi-purpose Grass Pitch on Sai Tso Wan Former
Landfill, District Open Space Area 18 Tuen Mun, Stanley Complex, Hammer
Hill Road Park Diamond Hill, Renovation of the Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village
of YMCA Ma On Shan, Cherry Street Park Tai Kok Tsui, Additional Open Space
adjacent to Tsuen Wan Town Hall and Indoor Recreation Centre in Area 17
Tin Shui Wai.
Swimming is one of Hong Kong's most popular summer pastimes. In 2003,
people made 10.12 million visits to the beaches, and there were 9.15 million
visits to the public swimming pools managed by the LCSD. There are 41
gazetted bathing beaches — 12 on Hong Kong Island and 29 in the
New Territories and outlying islands. The LCSD manages 36 public swimming
pool complexes in the urban areas and the New Territories.
As sharks are occasionally sighted in Hong Kong waters,
shark prevention nets have been installed for the safety of swimmers at
30 of the more popular and more accessible beaches.
All the public bathing beaches under the management
of the LCSD will normally be closed in winter. However, lifeguard services
are still provided at Clear Water Bay 2nd Beach, Golden Beach and Silverstrand
Beach in the New Territories from 8 am to 5 pm from November to March
and at Deep Water Bay Beach from 8 am to 5 pm from December to February.
Shark prevention nets are also retained at these beaches during the period
they are open.