The Hung Hom Promenade and Extension of Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade opened today (September 3), offering members of the public and tourists the opportunity to enjoy magnificent views of Victoria Harbour from four kilometres of waterfront walkway.
Officiating at the opening ceremony this morning were the Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam; Chairman of the Harbourfront Commission, Mr Nicholas Brooke; Chairman of Kowloon City District Council, Mr Wong Kwok-keung; and Chairman of Yau Tsim Mong District Council, Mr Chung Kong-mo.
Mrs Lam said that the Government had strived to enhance the waterfront in recent years, creating continuous waterfront promenades on both sides of Victoria Harbour with a view to providing more open space for public enjoyment and appreciation of the harbour scenery.
"This 500-metre long promenade linking the harbour frontages of Tsim Sha Tsui and Hung Hung has opened up a section of Hung Hom waterfront which used to be closed to the public. Members of the public can go to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and the Star Avenue via this section of the promenade and the footbridge next to Salisbury Road. This four-kilometre long waterfront promenade stretching from Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui to Laguna Verde in Hung Hom is now fully connected," said Mrs Lam.
Mrs Lam added that the completion of the promenade was the product of concerted efforts and cooperation between the Government and the community. She also thanked the Harbourfront Commission and the two district councils for their full support for the project.
The Civil Engineering and Development Department was responsible for the overall design of the Hung Hom Promenade and Extension of Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, which seeks to provide a tranquil and pleasant waterfront area for public enjoyment. In addition to footpaths for walking or jogging, the promenade also provides a large section of undulating lawn. Local residents and visitors will henceforth be able to fully enjoy the beautiful scenery of Victoria Harbour and exciting fireworks displays during festivals.
To further promote the new promenade to local and overseas visitors, the Government has produced a map showing details of the new waterfront promenade from Hung Hom to Tsim Sha Tsui. The map, also bearing the new Victoria Harbour logo, is available free of charge at the Public Enquiry Service Centres of all District Offices and Visitor Centres of the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
Other guests attending the opening ceremony included Director of Civil Engineering and Development, Mr Hon Chi-keung; Deputy Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Cheng Kam-wing; District Officer (Kowloon City), Miss Winky So; and District Officer (Yau Tsim Mong), Mrs Vicki Kwok.
Ends/Saturday, September 3, 2011
Issued at HKT 14:31