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