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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Breakwater leads 'friendly' designs

The breakwater at the East Coast Park Precinct on the harborfront below Fortress Hill has received positive feedback, says Secretary for Development Michael Wong Wai-lun.
Phase one of the precinct opened on September 25 - the first breakwater within Victoria Harbour.

People can also enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the harbor from the end of the breakwater.

Harbourfront Commission chairman Vincent Ng Wing-shun has cited the breakwater adopting a fence-free design, with only slopes along the sides of its 100-meter length.

It is the third in a four-stage approach to promoting a water-friendly culture, Wong said.

The first stage of water-friendly designs were introduced in the first phase of the Water Sports and Recreation Precinct in Wan Chai. Those fences were made of thin wire and are easily removed.

Low walls were introduced at Tsuen Wan Waterfront earlier this year as the second stage of the designs, allowing people to sit on them and take views of the Rambler Channel and Tsing Yi Island.

In ensuring safety in fence-free areas, lifebuoys and other life-saving aids feature. Security guards also patrol, and the breakwater at East Coast Park will be closed during bad weather.

"We understand that society needs time to adapt so we adopted the four-stage approach to introduce different water-friendly designs step by step," Wong remarked.

Wong and Ng have also inspecting the construction progress of the harbor steps of the Water Sports and Recreation Precinct in Wan Chai. Expected to open to the public by the end of the year, that is the fourth stage of the water-friendly program.

Visitors can walk down stairs to get close to the water park, while harbor steps also double as spectator stands.

The 2.5-hectare body of water, which is one-eighth the size of Victoria Park, had been holding different water sports events, including sailing and dragon boat races, Wong said.

And boom lines will be set up and lifeguards provided during water sports events.

Harbor steps will also be introduced at the harborfront of the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, Wong said.

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