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The pilot scheme of Tuen Mun Park inclusive play space (Architectural Services Department, Leisure and Cultural Services Department)

The Architectural Services Department (ArchSD) and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) have introduced the first inclusive playground in Hong Kong at Tuen Mun Park with two natural elements of “water” and “sand” in the design. This playground aims at providing a well-designed environment which allows children of different ages and abilities to equally enjoy a variety of physical, sensory and social play experiences. Children can take up challenges commensurate with their ability and interact with others while enjoying themselves in this playful environment. COMMUNITY DESIGN AND USER-ORIENTED APPROACH To respond to the demand for inclusive play spaces, ArchSD and LCSD swiftly implemented the winning schemes of the Inclusive Play Space Design Ideas Competition. Only a month after the competition, ArchSD had already completed the master layout plan and worked closely with LCSD on this project through exchange of ideas and inter-departmental design workshops. ArchSD and LCSD believe that the playground should be user-oriented. Stakeholders of various sectors were invited to join a series of focus group workshops and potential users’ views were collected. School children from Tuen Mun were invited to contribute ideas on the design of the sensory walls and the floor pattern of the water play area. The amazingly creative ideas of the children were gathered and seamlessly incorporated in the final design. The Tuen Mun District Council was also consulted and a swing area with feature swings were introduced to address the requests of the local community. COLLABORATE CLOSELY TO CATER TO DIFFERENT NEEDS To strike a balance between safety, enjoyment and inclusiveness, ArchSD and LCSD adopted an innovative approach to the design and management of the playground. Through collaborative team meetings and training workshops throughout the design and construction stages, the two departments discussed the management and maintenance arrangement of the playground, and all front-line staff were familiar with the inclusive design concept as well as the maintenance standard of the play equipment. ArchSD also customised suitable tools and accessories to facilitate the safe and effective work of LCSD’s team. Besides, ArchSD and LCSD had invited school children and professional bodies to join the experiencing workshops and trial play sessions, which not only promoted the project but also served as trial runs. Both departments could also observe the usage, survey users’ opinions, and conduct evaluation for the continuous improvement of the playground facilities and management. SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT AND SUCCESSFUL INNOVATION The playground has been very popular and well received by the public, with extensive media coverage and shares on social media platforms. The concept of inclusive play has been successfully promoted in Hong Kong through this pilot project. It has won Gold Award 2018 presented by the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, the Special Architectural Award – Inclusive Design presented by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, and the Annual Design Award presented by ArchSD, and has gained recognition from various government departments as well as committees on children and barrier-free affairs. Frequent site visits to the Park were held to share the experience gained. (The video is provided by Development Bureau) (For more details, please visit Sevice Excellence Website)

Museum Pass – unlimited admission to six museums for as low as HK$25

You might be familiar with the annual passes issued by theme parks; how about the Museum Pass? It offers unlimited admission to museums under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department for all opening hours. The pass costs as low as HK$25 per person on average. Call up your family and explore the fun of learning through interactive means in museums!The new Museum Pass comes in three types (valid for 12 months with unlimited admission to permanent and special exhibitions of six museums in Hong Kong, unless otherwise specified): Family PassPrice at HK$100 for a maximum of four persons of kinshipIndividual PassPriced at HK$50Concessionary PassFull-time students, persons with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above are eligible for the Concessionary Pass at a price of HK$25 Get more than what you pay after three visits! There are quite some exhibitions worth a visit in the museums. For example, Glistening Treasures in the Dust-Ancient Artefacts of Afghanistan" (6 Nov 2019 to 10 Feb 2020), "A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney" (30 Nov 2019 to 4 Mar 2020) at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Unlocking the Secrets - The Science of Conservation at The Palace Museum" (14 Dec 2019 to 18 Mar 2020) and "Robots" (12 Jun 2020 to 6 Jan 2021) at the Hong Kong Science Museum. Considering the current entrance fees of Hong Kong Science Museum and Hong Kong Space Museum, you enjoy de facto free entry after the third visit.Hidden privileges of the Museum Pass!From now until 31 August 2020, Museum Pass holders can enjoy a discount of HK$60, HK$50 and HK$40 off the published price respectively for the purchase of Adult, Child / Student and Senior “Magic Access” of the Hong Kong Disneyland Park. From now until 31 July 2020, they can also enjoy a 5% discount on Ocean Park "SmartFun Annual Pass".Take the Individual Pass as an example. It costs HK$50 yet the discount for the annual pass of Hong Kong Disneyland Park can be up to HK$60! (For more details, please click here to read the LCSD Museums website)

Hong Kong Museum of Art re-open! 10 exhibitions you must visit!

After four years of renovation and expansion, the Hong Kong Art Museum is finally reopened in late 2019. Let’s have a look of the upcoming exhibitions to be held at this new cradle of culture and art. 1 -《Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint》Creating a dialogue of "14 local artists and 14 Museum's highlight collections", the exhibition "Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint" incorporates new elements into the four major collections showcased in the "Ordinary to Extraordinary: Stories of the Museum" exhibition. It tracks the people and stories behind the collections, allowing the artists to display their unlimited imagination inspired by the classics to explore new creative possibilities, along with telling the unfolding stories of Hong Kong.Date: Until 2020.06.14Fee: FreeDetails: Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint 2 -《From Dung Basket to Dining Cart: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Wu Guanzhong (Phase I)》Wu Guanzhong (1919 – 2010) was an internationally acclaimed master with comprehensive knowledge of art of both the East and the West. He dedicated his entire life to exploring the modernisation of Chinese ink painting and the localisation of oil painting, and created many masterpieces that juxtapose the aesthetic perspectives and connotations of traditional Chinese ink paintings with contemporary Western art. A permanent "Wu Guanzhong Art Gallery" was established at the Hong Kong Museum of Art with an aim to showcase the master's donated works and related collection.To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Wu Guanzhong, this inaugural exhibition showcases over 100 representative paintings of Wu in two phases, with phase I from 29 November 2019 to 11 February 2020, and phase II from 14 February to 6 May 2020, including the works donated to the Museum by Wu Guanzhong and his family over the years and also private collections from Hong Kong and beyond. Apart from the classic paintings in ink and oil, there will also be sketches, painter's box, painting tools and documents he used when studying in France and so on. The exhibition will not only be honouring Wu's contribution to Chinese art but also paying tribute to his artistic pursuit for over half a century.Date: Until 2020.02.11Fee: FreeDetails: From Dung Basket to Dining Cart: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Wu Guanzhong (Phase I) 3 -《A Pleasure Shared: Selected Works from the Chih Lo Lou Collection (Phase I)》The Chih Lo Lou Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy was a private collection established by the late philanthropist and collector Mr Ho Iu-kwong. In 2018, the Ho family donated 355 artworks from the collection to HKMoA. A dedicated gallery to be named the "Chih Lo Lou Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy" is installed for the display and appreciation of this significant donation. "A Pleasure Shared" is the inaugural exhibition that displays around 70 selected works dating between the Ming dynasty and the 20th century in two phases to feature the uniqueness of the collection.Date: Until 2020.02.11Fee: FreeDetails: A Pleasure Shared: Selected Works from the Chih Lo Lou Collection (Phase I) 4 -《The Wisdom of Emptiness: Selected Works from the Xubaizhai Collection》The renowned Xubaizhai collection was compiled by the late connoisseur of Chinese painting and calligraphy Mr Low Chuck-tiew, who spent nearly 50 years acquiring the invaluable treasures it contains. Showcasing more than 30 representative works dating from the Ming and Qing dynasties all the way up to the 20th century, this exhibition allows visitors to gain an insight into a selection of masterpieces from the collection.Date: Until 2020.04.29Fee: FreeDetails: The Wisdom of Emptiness: Selected Works from the Xubaizhai Collection 5 -《The Best of Both Worlds: Acquisitions and Donations of Chinese Antiquities》The Chinese Antiquities section of the Museum has the most wide-ranging and the oldest art objects and artifacts in its custodianship. Over the years, the Museum collection has been tremendously enriched by donations and bequests from the public. Featuring over 300 items of art and antiques of different periods, "The Best of Both Worlds" illustrates how acquisition and generous donations form and shape out comprehensive Chinese Antiquities collection.Fee: FreeDetails: The Best of Both Worlds: Acquisitions and Donations of Chinese Antiquities 6 -《Lost and Found: Guardians of the Chater Collection》The Chater collection is one of the most legendary collections of the Museum. The artworks were displaced during the Second World War. Thanks to the selfless act of the Hong Kong citizens, some of the works are rescued and some of which will be on display in the exhibition "Lost and Found". The narrative of the exhibition is told through stories of how the artworks were kept hidden, displaced and eventually recovered during the war, restaging a period in history that is filled with human spirit.Date: Until 2020.11.25Fee: FreeDetails: Lost and Found: Guardians of the Chater Collection 7 -《Hong Kong Experience • Hong Kong Experiment》The development of Hong Kong art is a unique "Hong Kong experience". With innovation triggered by a new way of life, local artists exert the spirit of the "Hong Kong experiment". This exhibition attempts to make use of the collection accumulated over half a century to trace our Hong Kong art stories.Date: Until 2020.05.03Fee: FreeDetails: Hong Kong Experience • Hong Kong Experiment 8 -《The Breath of Landscape》The exhibition features interactive artworks by 5 local artists, namely Chan Wan-ki Kay, Mr Hammers, Rick Lam, Lee Shu-fan and Wong Chun-hei Stephen, as invited by the renowned local architect Billy Tam. With the theme of nature and landscape, the exhibition offers a unique art experience by bringing the sky, the flowing water, mountains and the breeze from nature into the Museum's new gallery space – The Wing and its surroundings. Date: Until 2020.09.30Fee: FreeDetails: The Breath of Landscape 9 -《Rediscovering Landscape》The exhibition showcased Rediscovering landscape trilogy, a three-chapter outdoor art installation jointly created by Kevin Siu, Bob Pang and Shuyan Chan. By offering a series of spatial experiences, it unveils a scroll of towering peaks amidst the city to reconnect us with nature. Date: Until 2020.09.30Fee: FreeDetails: Rediscovering Landscape 10 -《A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney》Drawn from Tate's world famous collection, this exhibition features 76 exhibits that illustrate the remarkable development of British Landscape Painting and its influence on European art over the past three centuries. Highlights include paintings from the two most significant British landscape masters of all time, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable, as well as the largest painting ever completed by the contemporary artist David Hockney.To complement the exhibition, we have invited Hong Kong artists to respond to the British artworks on display and the museum's own collection of landscape paintings. These responses invite visitors to engage with landscape art from a unique Hong Kong viewpoint.。Date: Until 2020.03.04Fee: $30/$21/$15/Free(Museum Pass)Details: A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney

Lifeguard

Lifeguard Leung Wing Yin said, “Many people think that lifeguards simply enjoy the sun when on duty.  This is definitely not the case!  We are responsible for rescuing the swimmers in distress and providing first aid in cases of drowning.  Besides, we have to keep the venues clean and in good order.” Lifeguard Ho Wing Yin said, “We also conduct regular training and sometimes mobilisation drill exercises for rescue operations for a variety of situations in order to best equip ourselves for emergencies.” Please watch the video for more information about the job duties of lifeguards. Organisation chartOfficial recruitment page

Duties of a Lifeguard – Beyond Life Saving

Whether at a beach or a pool, you can always see lifeguards standing guard on the watch out platforms. You may question: is swimming the only requirement for recruiting lifeguards? Is saving drowned people their only daily duty?Here are 8 other duties of lifeguards that you may not know: 1.    Keep the venue clean2.    Maintain the order of the venue3.    Conduct equipment inspection to ensure they are sufficient and functioning4.    Carry out tasks assigned by superiors5.    Perform routine training6.    Clean the beach7.    Remove rubbish from the sea 8.    Check whether the tiles and rubber bumpers are in good condition  Lifeguard Leung Wing Yin said, “Many people see lifeguards as simply enjoying the sun when they are on duty.” In fact, they are responsible for rescuing swimmers and providing first aid in cases of drowning, in addition to all the duties listed above.At the beach, lifeguards have to clear oyster shells on the stairs of floating platforms and mosses on float balls, as well as to remove rubbish from the sea. Lifeguards serving at swimming pools have to check whether the tiles and rubber bumpers are in good condition. Lifeguard Ho Wing Yin said, “Taking precautions is more important than lifesaving.”Regular training and team drills for rescue operations are also conducted to keep lifeguards best-fit for emergencies at all times.The daily job of lifeguards is not simply lifesaving, but also preventing swimmers from injury. This is why they always keep themselves well-trained and work at their best. Contributing Editor: Sophie