Hurdle of $4m faces council

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 January, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 January, 1996, 12:00am

AN omission in the original plan for the new Kowloon Walled City Park, which rose from the rubble of the infamous district, may have cost the Urban Council dear.

The omission? A wall. Its cost? $4 million.

Construction of the park was already under way when architects decided to erect a wall around the grounds to protect it from vandals and thieves.

But it was not included in the original $59 million bill, picked up by the Government, and the Urban Council now fears it will have to pay the extra.

'Perhaps we might have to swallow the bill,' said Recreation Select Committee chairman Ronnie Wong Man-chiu yesterday.

The park, which stands on three hectares of land formerly occupied by the Walled City, attracted about 200,000 visitors in its first two weeks of operation after it opened on December 22.