The Provisional Urban Council has introduced a trial scheme at Kowloon Park to give the handicapped, the chronically ill and the elderly priority use of the training pool. During the year-long scheme, special groups will enjoy use of the pool from Sunday to Tuesday when the temperature of the water on those days will be raised to 28 degrees Celsius. In addition, organisations serving the groups can apply to reserve two pool lanes on a first-come-first-served basis. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed per lane. 'This is in line with our 'Sport for All' concept. Swimming is a healthy sport and something nearly everyone can participate in,' Ronnie Wong Man-chiu, chairman of the Pro UC recreation selectioncommittee, said. 'Handicapped athletes deserve our attention because their performance in international competitions, such as the Paralympic Games, has been tremendous.' To accommodate the groups, the Kowloon Park facility has been upgraded with the installation of pool-side handrails, non- slip floors and special equipment to help swimmers get in and out of the water. C. Y. Luk, manager of Kowloon Park, said initial interest in the trial had been slow but he was encouraging special groups to use the pool. Admission for the elderly and handicapped is $9. For enquiries, phone 2724 3577. The scheme is one of a number of initiatives the Pro UC has undertaken to boost the use of its facilities. Since 1996, it has offered all schools, subvented non-govern mental organisations, national sports associations and district sports associations free use of its facilities during non-peak hours. Initially, the scheme applied to only indoor game halls and squash courts but has been extended to cover activity rooms, hockey pitches at Happy Valley Sports Ground and King's Park, some bowling greens and the miniature golf courses at Shek O and Kowloon Tsai Park. In addition, since last month, facilities including squash courts, activity rooms, gateball courts, bowling greens and hockey greens can be rented inexpensively for activities other than their intended use.