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LCSD's heated swimming pools open in winter

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced today (October 28) that heated swimming facilities would be provided at 18 public swimming pools this winter.

(A) Opening arrangements for 11 pools which provide heated swimming facilities:

Swimming pools                    Opening periods
--------------                    ---------------
Morrison Hill Swimming Pool       November 1, 2011 to
Siu Sai Wan Swimming Pool         March 31, 2012
Kowloon Park Swimming Pool
Tai Kok Tsui Swimming Pool
Ho Man Tin Swimming Pool
Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool
Tung Chung Swimming Pool
Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool
Fanling Swimming Pool
Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool
Hin Tin Swimming Pool

(B) Six pools with heated swimming facilities will be closed during certain periods in winter for annual maintenance. Their opening periods are as follows:  
Swimming pools                   Opening periods
--------------                   ---------------                                      
Tuen Mun Swimming Pool           November 1, 2011 to
                                 January 29, 2012

Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool   November 1, 2011 to
                                 January 31, 2012
Yuen Long Swimming Pool          November 1, 2011 to
                                 February 14, 2012
Island East Swimming Pool        November 28, 2011

Sham Shui Po Park                January 1 to
Swimming Pool                    March 31, 2012

Wan Chai Swimming Pool           November 1 to
(only for group training         December 13, 2011,
purpose)                         and January 21, 2012
(C) Due to emergency maintenance, the main pool at Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool has been temporarily closed. The main pool is expected to reopen in early December 2011, and provide heated swimming facilities. Detailed arrangements will be announced later on.

     The weekly cleansing operation will be held as usual in the pools during their opening periods. The cleansing will start at 10am and finish at around 5pm to 6pm on the same day.

     The schedule is as follows:

Every Monday
Tai Kok Tsui Swimming Pool,
Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool,
Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool and
Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool
Every Tuesday
Kowloon Park Swimming Pool,
Tung Chung Swimming Pool and
Fanling Swimming Pool

Every Wednesday
Island East Swimming Pool,
Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool,
Ho Man Tin Swimming Pool and
Yuen Long Swimming Pool

Every Thursday
Morrison Hill Swimming Pool,
Siu Sai Wan Swimming Pool,
Tuen Mun Swimming Pool and
Hin Tin Swimming Pool

Every Friday
Wan Chai Swimming Pool,
Sham Shui Po Park Swimming Pool and
Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool

     Meanwhile, from November 1 to 30, three public swimming pools without heated swimming facilities, namely Victoria Park Swimming Pool, Kennedy Town Swimming Pool and Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool, will open from 6.30am to noon daily.

     The LCSD urges swimmers to keep public pools clean and hygienic. If swimmers feel unwell, they should not swim. They are advised to use the toilet before swimming and not to urinate or defecate in the pools. They should leave the water immediately and use the toilet if they need to vomit. Before entering the pool deck, swimmers should shower in the changing room, and walk through the shower bath and footbath.

Ends/Friday, October 28, 2011
Issued at HKT 17:05


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