Celebrate National Day with free access to Leisure and Cultural Services Department facilities

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19th September 2023 – (Hong Kong) On 1st October, in commemoration of the 74th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, individuals from the general public will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of fee-charging leisure and cultural facilities provided by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) free of charge. This initiative aims to encourage participation in various sports and cultural activities, fostering healthy habits and allowing everyone to share in the joy of this special occasion.

To take advantage of this offer, members of the public can make bookings starting from 7am on 25th September. Reservations can be made in person at the Leisure Link booking counters located at various LCSD venues, excluding self-service kiosks. Alternatively, bookings can be made online through the Internet booking system. The bookings will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability, with priority given to individual users over block bookings. Please note that the opening hours for the Leisure Link booking counters may vary, with some locations starting as early as 7.45am or 8.30am.

The list of leisure facilities available for free use on October 1st includes a diverse range of indoor and outdoor options. Indoor facilities such as badminton courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, squash courts, fitness rooms, dance rooms, and more will be accessible. Outdoor facilities such as tennis courts, bowling greens, archery ranges, and golf facilities (excluding certain camp facilities, sports grounds, and turf pitches) will also be open for public use. Additionally, public swimming pools, excluding specific pools reserved for group training purposes or undergoing maintenance, will be available. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy activities such as kayaking and boating at selected water sports centres.

To ensure smooth operations and compliance with safety regulations, hirers and users of these facilities must possess the appropriate qualification certificates, as specified by the LCSD. Detailed information on the necessary qualifications can be found on the thematic website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/freeuseday/conditions.html.

Please note that each individual is limited to booking one free session, regardless of the type of leisure facility. Due to the high anticipated demand for online booking services, users may experience longer waiting times during peak hours in the morning. However, no prior booking is required for public swimming pool facilities. Interested individuals can line up at the entrances of the swimming pools before the start of each session, and admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The LCSD urges hirers to arrive on time and make the most of their booked facilities. In the event that a hirer fails to occupy a booked session within 10 minutes of the designated starting time, the facility will be reallocated to walk-in participants on a first-come, first-served basis. It is important to use the facility for the same purpose for which it was originally booked, and the user must promptly surrender the facility to the hirer upon their arrival.

All users of the leisure facilities must adhere to the Conditions of Use set by the LCSD for Recreation and Sports Facilities, which can be found at www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/condition/index.html. Failure to attend a booked session without proper cancellation or being absent during the session will result in a penalty known as the “not present” record. Hirers who accumulate two such records within 60 consecutive days will face a 90-day suspension of their booking rights for any fee-charging recreation and sports facilities operated by the LCSD.

For any inquiries or further information, individuals can contact 2414 5555 or visit the thematic website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/freeuseday/index.html.

In addition to the recreational offerings, cultural services will also be part of the celebratory occasion. Free admission will be granted to the permanent exhibitions at the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Space Museum, excluding the Space Theatre shows, on October 1st. Moreover, various captivating exhibitions can be enjoyed at institutions such as the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong Museum of History, and many more. Visitors are welcome to explore and share in the delight of this special day. For specific details, please visit the respective museums’ websites. Please note that the Hong Kong Railway Museum will remain temporarily closed for exhibition enhancement work.

Lastly, it’s important to note that the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Space Museum will close at 6pm on 1st October to facilitate special crowd management measures implemented by the police for the National Day fireworks display in the Tsim Sha Tsui area.