Secretary for Administration and Justice Cheong Weng Chon said that the 19,000-square-metre park in the centre of Taipa, announced a week ago, will be temporary.
According to a press release by the Government Information Bureau (GCS), Cheong said that the four empty lots in Taipa will be used for permanent public facilities in the future.
The IAM said on 14 August that the park will promote environmental conservation with the use of tires as the main design elements but never said it would be temporary. IAM has not disclosed when works on the park will start or when it will be ready for use.
According to the IAM’s press release, “after its completion, the park will contribute to the increase in the area of leisure land in the Central Zone of Taipa, enriching the leisure atmosphere of community neighbourhoods and raising the quality of life of the population.”
Cheong clarified on Friday that “the government’s position regarding the purpose of Taipa’s four unused spaces is to articulate Taipa’s community development, the construction of sports facilities and gardens, as well as improve the environmental quality and life in the community.” He also said that the government announced in April that two of the four spaces in Taipa are to be used for the temporary construction of a leisure area and sports facilities.
Regarding the construction of permanent public facilities on the lots in the future, Cheong explained that “for the government, it is necessary to have an articulation with urban planning, with the opinions collected via a public consultation, and with a series of legal procedures, which will take some years.”
“For better and faster use of the land and to satisfy the residents’ demands on leisure facilities, the government presented the project of building a temporary play park on these four spaces,” he concluded.
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