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Former airport remembered at Kai Tak Runway Park (Phase I) (with photos)

     The tip of the former Kai Tak International Airport runway has been transformed into the Kai Tak Runway Park (Phase I) and incorporates various aviation elements in its design. The Kai Tak airport runway was known as "Runway One Three"/ "Runway Three One" in the aviation industry in those days and the numbers "13" and "31" have reappeared on the ground in the park. The park also retains the original yellow and black checkered pattern at the tip of the taxiway that once served as a visual reference for pilots during landing.

     The Kai Tak Runway Park (Phase I), managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, displays these interesting mementos as well as historic photos that commemorate the former airport. The park also incorporates other aviation-related design elements, such as a "Kai Tak Timeline" that introduces the history of the former airport and plane-shaped benches.

     Adjacent to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and occupying 2.82 hectares, the Kai Tak Runway Park (Phase I) is open 24 hours daily.

     The park adopted a simple design. Its major facilities include a 270-metre-long waterfront promenade at the runway tip facing Lei Yue Mun and along the waterfront facing Kwun Tong, and a large lawn with seating and extensive soft landscape planting in an area equivalent to 20 basketball courts. Visitors can stroll in the green open space of the park and enjoy beautiful views of the harbour. The park also provides an open plaza and ancillary facilities such as toilets and a babycare room.

     Visitors to the park may also take the opportunity to tour the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park located at the roof of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building nearby.

     For public transportation, the Kowloon green minibus service Route No. 86 is available between Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Kowloon Bay (Telford Gardens) from 7am to 8pm daily (Monday to Sunday). The headway is 12 to 30 minutes. A special recreational bus service, KMB Route No. 5R, which runs between Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Ngau Tau Kok/Kwun Tong MTR Station, is available from 11am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays. The headway of this recreational bus service will be one hour. Taxi stands and a fee-charging car park for private cars are also available at the terminal for those visiting the park.

Ends/Sunday, August 10, 2014
Issued at HKT 12:00


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