Located in Chai Wan at the eastern end of urban Hong Kong Island, Chai Wan Park is a large public park known for its lush gardens, water features and sporting facilities. It covers a total land area of 7.13 hectares in what used to be the hilly Chaiwan Campsite of The Boy Scouts Association, Hong Kong Branch. It was opened to the public in 1993.
In 1970, the Boy Scouts Association relinquished the property to the Hong Kong Government in exchange of a site in Tai Tam. In the 1980s, the government, particularly the Urban Council, started to develope the area by demolishing the hill. The shore nearby was also reclaimed for the construction of the park. Chai Wan Park is currently under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
Chai Wan Park features children’s playgrounds, model boat pool, tiled walking paths, cascade waterfall, fountains, terrace garden, covered pavilions and refreshment kiosk. At the center of the park is a lily pond teeming with fishes and turtles. Other park facilities include 7-a-side football pitches, basketball courts, six tennis courts, skateboard ramps and fitness stations.
The park is also home to two old cannons that were unearthed during a sea bed excavation project in 1973. The British-made cannons which were believed to have been discarded by soldiers of the barracks near Chai Wan, are permanently displayed at the Knoll Area of Chai Wan Park since 1985.
The park is open daily from 6:00am – 11:00pm. The recreational facilities are available to the public from 7:00am-11:00pm. The park is located at Tsui Wan Street in Chai Wan.
Chai Wan Park Hong Kong Photos
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