URA performs ground breaking of Pak Tze Lane project
The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) today (Friday) held a ground
breaking ceremony for the Pak Tze Lane project in Central, which
celebrates Hong Kong's link to the 1911 Chinese Revolution.
Speaking at the ceremony of the Pak Tze Lane project, the Chairman of the URA Mr Barry Cheung Chun-yuen said: "This worthwhile and meaningful initiative will provide members of the public with a themed and landscaped open space while at the same time manifesting the significance of Pak Tze Lane in modern history."
Being one of the stops of the Dr Sun Yat-sen Historical Trail in Central, Pak Tze Lane was home to Furen Literary Society, whose founder also joined Dr Sun's Revive China Society (Xinzhonghui). Due to its strategic location, Pak Tze Lane was a place where revolutionaries frequented for meetings and hence a cradle of 1911 Chinese Revolution.
Mr Cheung said the 'Origin of Chinese Revolution' was therefore adopted as the design theme for the Pak Tze Lane garden. In addition to greening features, sculptures and recreational facilities, the garden will also incorporate exhibition panels and three-dimensional interactive facilities tracing the development of revolutionary activities and events. The ambience of Pak Tze Lane of early years will also be re-created.
"Geographically, Pak Tze Lane is close to the Peel Street /Graham Street project of the URA where a multi-purpose community hall and a green walking corridor will be provided. We therefore consider it a good opportunity to integrate it with the future node of community activities by improving and strengthening its linkages with various open spaces in the vicinity," he explained.
Presently there is only a narrow pathway leading to the Pak Tze Lane from Gage Street, and arrangement will be made to improve pedestrian facilities including building a new staircase linking the Pak Tze Lane and open spaces in the vicinity.
The existing refuse collection point on Gage Street will be enhanced to ensure its design is in harmony with the environment and its capacity capable of serving the need of residents in the area.
Costing about $40 million, it is expected that major improvement works of this project, in particular the Pak Tze Lane Garden, will be completed in 2011, in time for the centennial anniversary of the 1911 Chinese Revolution.
Thanks to the support of the Central & Western District Council and a number of government departments including the Homes Affairs, Leisure and Cultural Services, Food and Environmental Hygiene and Highways, the URA is able to kick off this meaningful project for the enjoyment of the public, said Mr Cheung.
Also officiating at today's ground breaking ceremony was the Chairman of the Central & Western District Council, Mr Chan Tak-chor.