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Sai Tso Wan Recreation Ground open for public use

The first permanent recreational facility built on a restored landfill in Hong Kong will be open to the public this Friday (April 30).

The Principal Environmental Protection Officer (Facilities Development), Mr Alex Ng, said the recreation ground was built on the restored Sai Tso Wan Landfill.

He said that pollution control facilities had been installed at the landfill to prevent environmental pollution and ensure the site was safe for public use.

Covering an area of about two hectares, the Sai Tso Wan Recreation Ground is located on Sin Fat Road, adjacent to Lam Tin MTR Station.

The Recreation Ground comprises a multi-purpose grass pitch for soccer and baseball, two batting cages for practising baseball, a children's play area, a jogging track and ancillary facilities.

The grass pitch provides a standard baseball field for the National Squad training of the Hong Kong Baseball Association.

"There is also an environmental gallery in the Recreation Ground to enable visitors to have a better understanding of the waste management in Hong Kong," Mr Ng noted.

The grass pitch will be open from 8am to 10.30pm daily, and the batting cages for practising baseball and other facilities from 7am to 11pm.

Booking of the grass pitch and the batting cages can be made through the Leisure Link booking counters at the District Leisure Services Offices of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department or its major leisure venues in the 18 Districts commencing April 30.

Interested parties can also make bookings through telephone at 2927 8080 or on-line booking service at www.esd.gov.hk.

For enquiries, please call 2952 3011.

Ends/Wednesday, April 28, 2004

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