Legislators have criticised the delay in completing a theme park on Ma Wan island, saying the government should have specified, in its agreement with the developer, when the full site should be open to the public. According to a deal between Sun Hung Kai Properties and the government in 1997, the developer surrendered a 9.5-hectare agricultural and building lot in exchange for 12.65 hectares of government land to build the Park Island residential development. The developer would also pay the market value land premium, and build and operate Ma Wan Park. Lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan told yesterday's Legislative Council meeting that the Park Island development was sold last year, but only a small area of the park was open for public use. Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the park was divided into two phases, and the first was originally scheduled to be completed by 2006. 'The theme and design of [phase one] changed from an amusement park to a natural garden after plans to build Disneyland in Sunny Bay were announced. We then allowed the deadline to be extended to October,' she said. Key elements for phase one of the park included the Nature Garden, Noah's Ark and Solar Tower. Only the Nature Garden, an ecological park that opened last July, has been completed. Mrs Lam said Noah's Ark, a multi-purpose attraction, was expected to be completed before the end of this year. The Solar Tower, which would focus on Chinese astronomy and solar energy, would be completed in two years. There was no timeline for the start of phase two, she said. 'Phase two aims to preserve the setting of old Ma Wan village ... The relevant works can only commence after the residents have moved out.' Legislator Martin Lee Chu-ming said the government should have included a penalty for delays, but Mrs Lam noted the developer had to pay the government interest because of the delay.