Jul 16, 2022
In Questions & Answers
Except for the 1-hectare Man Cheong Street Park, most of the "disappeared" rest areas/parks belong to the "pocket parks" on the street. The characteristics of the park, such as the small area, the quietness of the busy center, the relatively hidden location, and the scattered around the urban area, are the community functions that are convenient for the nearby residents to fall off their buildings. Civic has conducted a survey on open company banner design spaces in Hong Kong [Note] , and found that "small playgrounds and sitting-out areas" are one of the most visited types of open space, and are most popular among the elderly aged 60 and above (according to the statistics of the Yauwang pamphlet). , in 2028 the Yauwang area will account for the largest proportion of all age groups in the age group over 65), and the fact that these sites are within walkable range is also one of the factors. The results just reflect that this type of "pocket park" is valuable and malleable to the community. Once it disappears, it may make the residents of the district, especially the elderly, have nowhere to go. Referring to the URA's research brochure on Yau Wang, the URA has not explained that the existing open space will be relocated except for the Man Cheong Street Park adjacent to Pak Man Building. These parks "disappeared" so hidden, whether the URA was "seeing the eye and painting the leak" for a while, or it was the URA's new strategy of "stealing parks", which planned to "steal" because people could not see it. community resource? In fact, the Planning Department expected that the increase in the development density in the Yau Mong study area would result in insufficient public space, but it even proposed to calculate the overall area of Yau Tsim Mong District (that is, the area of the West Kowloon Cultural District), and The concept map of the URA's study in Yauwang also predicts the emergence of rooftop open spaces, highlighting that the pursuit of area growth is just blindly "making up the numbers". Even though the URA says that the open space in Yauwang will increase to a positive number after the redevelopment, after the reconstruction, integration and annexation of the redevelopment in the future, the spatial layout, location and form of these original sitting-out areas/parks are likely to change significantly. The qualitative change of these parks has obliterated the plasticity of these small and medium-sized community parks, and the new parks provided in the end may not be able to meet the real needs of the community.