THE Urban Council's Recreation Select Committee is considering building a number of family-oriented leisure centres within the council's indoor games halls. Recreation select committee vice-chairman Grace Au Yuk-har said the initiative to provide the centres stemmed from a 1992 debate when councillors asked that some consideration be given for providing a facility for family participation. 'Following this directive, the department has reviewed the scope of the development of recreation projects in the capital works programmes and considered that there is considerable potential for providing family-oriented leisure facilities in the indoor games halls,' she said. At present, the council manages 35 games halls providing a multi-purpose facility for basketball, badminton, volleyball and fitness training. Auxiliary rooms are used for dancing, table-tennis and judo. Ms Au said the halls catered mainly to youths and individuals but not to the non-sporting members of families. 'Since the districts now have from three to six of these standard IGHs, the department considers it is opportune to introduce family-oriented leisure-type facilities into the scope of development,' she said. 'We want the new IGHs to provide facilities for different age groups, ranging from toddlers to senior citizens.' There are 10 IGHs currently at different stages of planning with three having been given a formal endorsement by the council. The designs of the remaining seven have not be finalised. The leisure centres that have been approved will be situated at the Sai Wan Ho reclamation in Eastern District; at the Tai Kok Tsui complex at Yau Tsim Mong; and at the Ho Man Tin recreation ground in Kowloon City. Each of the leisure centres will be different in featuring specific facilities needed by the community. At Sai Wan Ho, the leisure centre will include an indoor leisure hall, sports hall, bowling green, multi-purpose recreation hall, indoor golf, cafeteria, rooms for fitness, dance, and table-tennis and children's play area. The Tai Kok Tsui complex will have similar facilities in addition to a climbing wall, while the Ho Man Tin facility will include an outdoor water play area and roof-top tennis courts. All three facilities are tentatively scheduled for completion in 1997/1998. Ms Au said the difference between the existing IGHs and the new leisure centres was that the new facilities would cater for the entire family and not just the athletically inclined. 'Being one of the biggest providers of leisure facilities in Hong Kong, it is the council's policy to keep abreast of the changing trends and to meet the needs of the public,' she said. 'The switch from providing standard-type sports halls to leisure centres offers a wider choice of opportunities for different age groups,' she said. 'It also helps foster the council's caring image for the whole community,' she said.