Hong Kong 2003
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Sports and Recreational Venues

Hong Kong Stadium

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.

Water Sports and Holiday Camps

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.

Other Sports and Recreational Venues

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.

Beaches and Swimming Pools

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.

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