A MULTIMILLION-dollar maritime park has been proposed by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club as a way to transform the Causeway Bay and Wan Chai waterfronts. The ambitious proposals include a permanent international dragonboat course, a maritime museum telling Hong Kong's story as a fishing port, shops, restaurants, promenades and walkways. The club also hoped to have displays of historic vessels elsewhere in the 'basin', general manager Robert Bird said. 'This is in line with the Government's intentions for harbour use. It is also in the interest of the public, tourism, water sports associations as well as the club,' he said. The focus of the plan is to build a breakwater nine metres from the shore between the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and the club. Within this area there will be nine 640-metre dragonboat race lanes, providing a central location for international competitions. Venues for the SAR's annual dragonboat races are currently scattered around Hong Kong. A small-scale fill would be needed along the shore to provide space for a public promenade. The breakwater and promenade would give views of the dragonboat races and annual fireworks displays. There would also be extensive landscaping. The club will remain in the same Causeway Bay location but a new walkway stretching to the point where yacht races start would give the public more access to the sport. Part of the existing typhoon shelter would be covered to fill a stretch of filthy water. Mr Bird said that, given the narrowness of the dragonboat course, there would be no encroachment of shipping channels. He said initial feedback from the Government and many other tourist and water sports groups was encouraging. Technical details had yet to be sorted out, pending a response from the Planning Department. 'The whole thing will provide a better focal point and bring people to the water,' he said. As the proposal was only preliminary, no immediate estimate of the exact cost was available. Hong Kong District Town Planning Officer Ling Kar-kan said the club's proposal had been forwarded to the government consultant. The consultancy study will be completed by late next year.