Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What are public parks for??

When you take a look at the list of activities that are banned in Hong Kong public parks you wonder what you can actually do there, besides walking and reading the paper on a bench. You certainly cannot lie on the grass, play with a ball, fly a kite, bring your skateboard, put your roller blades on, play the guitar, teach your child how to ride a bike, etc.

In 2008 such restrictions were finally questioned by a group of parents and educators who have since organised events called Freedom Ball.
The next one will be at Shatin Park on Sunday 22nd November from 11.30am to 2:30pm.

The organizers of Freedom Ball incursions challenge the rules and encourage the public to join in actively.

They call for a review of the way public spaces are managed, designed and controlled so that they can finally meet the needs of Hong Kong people. A worthwhile cause to support!

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