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Booking to start this Saturday for free use of leisure facilities on July 1
     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will hold the Leisure Facilities Free Use Day on July 1 (Saturday). Various leisure facilities under the department will be open for public use free-of-charge on the day to share the joy of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as well as to encourage members of the public to participate in more sports activities with their families and friends.

     Bookings for the free use of the available land-based leisure facilities and craft at water sports centres on July 1 can be made at the Leisure Link booking counters at LCSD venues (except for self-service kiosks) from 9am this Saturday (June 24) onwards on a first-come, first-served basis.

     The leisure facilities available for free use on Leisure Facilities Free Use Day include:
  • Indoor leisure facilities: badminton courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, netball courts, volleyball courts, squash courts, table tennis tables, American pool tables, billiard tables, sport climbing walls, bowling greens, golf facilities, fitness rooms, activity rooms, dance rooms and a cycling track;
  • Outdoor leisure facilities: tennis courts, tennis practice courts, bowling greens, batting cages, sport climbing walls, archery ranges, a rope course and golf facilities (excluding camp facilities, sports grounds and artificial and natural turf pitches);
  • Public swimming pools (excluding Wan Chai Swimming Pool); and
  • Craft at water sports centres.

     Each person can only book one free session irrespective of the type of leisure facilities. No prior booking is required for public swimming pools. Interested users may line up at the pool entrance for free admission on a first-come, first-served basis on the day.

     If a hirer fails to take up a booked leisure facility 10 minutes after the starting time of the booked session, the facility will be reallocated to walk-in participants on a first-come, first-served basis. The facility shall be used for the same purpose as that for which it has been booked by the original hirer. The user shall surrender the facility to the original hirer immediately upon the latter's arrival.

     The LCSD appeals to hirers to arrive on time and make the best use of the booked facilities. Hirers should cancel their bookings as soon as possible if they are unable to use them.

     Leisure Link patrons may cancel a booking via the Internet before the booked session starts. If the hirer is not a Leisure Link patron, he or she should cancel his or her booking before the start of the booked session via the Leisure Link Self-service Kiosk or submit the cancellation request in person or by proxy at the booking counter of any LCSD leisure venue at least 30 minutes before the session starts by producing a completed booking cancellation form together with the user permit and the original or a photocopy of his or her identity document. Booking cancellation forms are available at the Leisure Link booking counters of LCSD venues or can be downloaded from the LCSD's website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/aboutlcsd/forms/lcs841.html.

     All users of leisure facilities should observe the existing Conditions of Use of Recreation and Sports Facilities and the Conditions for Leisure Facilities Free Use Day under the LCSD. To ensure cleanliness in public swimming pools, swimmers should also observe the pool rules, maintain personal hygiene and help keep pool water clean.

     For enquiries on the Leisure Facilities Free Use Day, please call 2414 5555 or refer to the designated website: www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/freeuseday.
Ends/Monday, June 19, 2017
Issued at HKT 11:00
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