Hot off the press! There is a new playground in town, and not just any playground, Hong Kong is proud to present the first barrier-free place for children. The playground in Tuen Mun Park has been completely transformed into an innovative, inclusive playground and is almost the size of a football pitch!

The super safe playgrounds in Hong Kong are somewhat uninspiring for kids. The NGO Playright Children’s Play Association completely agreed and therefore are set to revamp the local playgrounds in our city and make them once again inspiring for kids of all ages. The new Tuen Mun playground, which is run by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), has been infused with a much-needed childlike imagination. The project has been designed by the Architectural Services Department and has sought the input from children in the area, and even won the endorsement of Unicef.

The inclusive playground is composed of two areas, the Southern Portion, and the Northern Portion, with seven play zones. The overall layout of the playground and its play components are specifically designed for children with different physical abilities, including wheelchair users.

 

The Southern Portion - Reptile Fun

* Reptile Paradise - children can enjoy challenges on the climbing tower and nets with different heights and difficulty levels, as well as have fun on different types of slides. 

* Egg Hunter Area - sand play table, egg-hunting, an area encouraging children's creativity and social interaction.

* The Spinning Zone - various types of swaying and spinning play equipment for the kiddos to enjoy

* Sensory Zone - sensory walls and other tactile movable parts that will excite children's senses of sight and touch.

* Swing Area - features two sets of swings including a nest swing, a swing seat and a parent-child swing to cater for the needs of different users.

 

The Northen Portion - Water Lily Park

* Flower Dew Plaza - a water play area with a light and shadow effect, providing flower-shaped splash pads and water cascade facilities for children to enjoy the fun of playing with water in the park freely.

* Contour Play Zone - equipped with balancing facilities like spinning plates and a trampoline

* Musical Zone - where giant musical instruments such as chimes and drums are installed, can stimulate the sense of hearing of the children.

 

The Future For Parks

The LCSD has assisted the Playright Children's Play Association and relevant non-governmental organizations to roll out a three-year Community Build Playground (CBP) project at four major LCSD parks from September 2017 to August 2020 in order to enhance the play experience of children. The project has earlier been conducted in Tai Po Waterfront Park and is now being conducted in Lai Chi Kok Park, while the remaining two CBP activities will be held in parks on Hong Kong Island and in the New Territories in the next two years.