CitySpeak X: Green City. Cool City: Jonathan Mckinley - Rising expectations for space for leisure, recreation and sports

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City Speak X: A Green City, A Cool City

Speaker: Jonathan McKinley
Rising expectations for space for leisure, recreation and sports

Hong Kong is surrounded by so much water and has so many green mountains, so does it really need more urban open space? How do we respond to the threats of global warming and air pollution? What is the meaning of “the urban heat island effect”? What is an “air ventilation assessment”? What value doesthe community place on open space? Is the demand for recreation and sport changing? Do we need a landscape vision and master plan? Is “green infrastructure” becoming more important than roads and railway lines in securing a sustainable built environment in Hong Kong?

Join experts, academics, planners, government officials and landscape architects in a discussion about how to stay cool in our city.

Designing Hong Kong is a not-for-profit organisation focused on sustainable urban planning. See:

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  • 1. Public Open Space 6 March 2010
  • 2. Central Park, New York
  • 3. Central Park, New York
  • 4. Ueno Park, Tokyo
  • 5. Lumpini Park, Bangkok
  • 6. Lumpini Park, Bangkok
  • 7. Chater Garden, Hong Kong
  • 8. Chater Garden
  • 9. Kowloon Park
  • 10. Hong Kong Park
  • 11. Sports Commission – Community Sports Committee Study Adults aged 20 or above should ideally take part in sport or similar physical activity five times per week and for 30 minutes per day 29% of Hong Kong adults achieve this benchmark 32% of adults can be classed as physically inactive
  • 12. Less demanding benchmark Baseline indicator: adults should take part in moderate or vigorous sport or similar physical activity three times a week for at least 30 minutes each time. 44% of adults achieve this benchmark 32% are (still) inactive
  • 13. What about the kids? Children need at least 60 minutes sport or other moderate to vigorous physical activity 5 days a week 34% of children achieve this level 20% of children are inactive
  • 14. Less demanding benchmark? 30 minutes three times per week 77% of children are “active” 6% of children are inactive We can meet lowest standards for children’s activity for about three quarters of our kids
  • 15. Where to play? Grass pitches – usage rate 100% Artificial turf pitches – usage rate 98% Public hockey grounds - one Public baseball grounds – one, sort of Even if we were to get more people up and going, they would have nowhere to go
  • 16. Projects in the pipeline – Tseung Kwan O population characteristics Population 360,000 In 15-34 age group – about 30% 26 secondary schools 38 primary schools
  • 17. Tseung Kwan O – Current facilities Currently 60 ha of public open space in Tseung Kwan O Grass pitches – 0 (none) Artificial turf pitches – 1 (one) 7-a-side hard pitches – 4 Outdoor basketball courts – 2 Sports ground - one
  • 18. Tseung Kwan O Town Park Currently 60 ha of public open space in Tseung Kwan O Planning Standards and Guidelines suggest need for 70.8 ha 7 ha site for town park Opportunity for more sports facilities
  • 19. Tseung Kwan O Town Park
  • 20. Tseung Kwan O Town Park Garden with a large lawn Large artificial lake Open-air amphitheatre Jogging track Children’s play area
  • 21. Tseung Kwan O district open space 2 ha site zoned “open space” Chinese-style garden Covered piazza Entrance corridor 6-lane artificial turf bowling green
  • 22. District Open Space
  • 23. You can always go to Kwun Tong… Population: about 600,000 One 7-a-side grass pitch Three 11-a-side grass pitches Two 7-a-side artificial turf pitches PLUS 23 7-a-side hard pitches 23 outdoor basketball courts
  • 24. Victoria Park