Kowloon Park

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The Kowloon Park is a large public park in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong. The park is managed by Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

History

The park was formerly a site of Whitfield Camp barracks for British force with a battery(Kowloon West Battery II) on its west side.

In 1970, Urban Council redeveloped the site into the Kowloon Park.

Kowloon Park was officially opened on 24 June 1970 by the then Hong Kong Governor, Sir David Trench.

Part of the site was occupied in the construction of the MTR from 1975 - 1978.

"Golden Mile" controversy

The Government was criticised when the Executive Council approved plans in 1982 for a strip of retail premises fronting Nathan Road to be carved into the hill of Kowloon Park.

The move was first proposed when the Barracks were converted into public open space in 1970, and ignited some controversy. It was opposed by the Urban Council, as well as the Muslim community, whose mosque was close by.Michael Chugani, , South China Morning Post, Jan 10, 1982

The rights for the development of the 5,410 sq metre strip were sold in February 1983 to a subsidiary of New World Development for $218 million

In 1989, the park was redeveloped at a cost of $300 million, which was funded by the then Royal Hong Kong Jockey...
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