A public engagement process for Kai Tak Sports Park commenced on 20 May 2016 with the aim of providing information about the park to the public and collecting public views about the proposed development. The process will end on 19 July 2016.
The public engagement process has coincided with the launch of a dedicated project website, roving exhibitions, a questionnaire and consultations with the District Councils that will be potentially affected by the development.
A spokesman for the Home Affairs Bureau stated:
“The Kai Tak Sports Park will be spread across about 28 hectares. It is the most important Hong Kong sports infrastructure project of recent decades and the sports park will provide multi-purpose sports venues that will allow the hosting of major international sports venues that will allow the hosting major international sports events and provide our athletes with more opportunities to compete at a home venue with players from other parts of the world. It will also provide many facilities for professional and amateur athletes as well as members of the public to enjoy.”
“The Government conducted a three-stage public participation programme from 2004 to 2006 to collect public and stakeholders’ views on the Kai Tak development. The community generally envisaged Kai Tak as a hub of sports, recreation, entertainment, tourism and quality housing. In the past few years, the HAB has conducted a number of consultancy studies on the Sports Park so that the planning and facilities of the Sports Park would meet community needs for sports facilities, provide advanced and multi-purpose sports venues for hosting high-level competitions, and contribute further to the sports development of Hong Kong, i.e. to promote sport in the community, to support elite sport and to make Hong Kong a centre for major international sports events”.
The key sports facilities proposed for the the Kai Tak Sports Park include:
- Main Stadium with 50,000 seating capacity;
- Public Sports Ground with a 5,000 seating capacity;
- Indoor Sports Area with a 7,000 seating capacity and floor space for approximately 30 badminton courts;
- Landscaped Public Park covering an area of 7 hectares;
- Jogging Track, Children’s Playground, Fitness Area, Cycling Track and Outdoor Sports Courts; and
Ancillary facilities including retail space, food and beverage areas, a hotel and office space.