By SARUN SAELEE
*This review is applicable to badminton only*
Kowloon Park Sports Center (九龍公園體育館) provides one activity room, three squash courts, one fitness room, one dance room, one multi-purpose main arena and a secondary hall providing eight table tennis tables. The squash courts can be converted into multi-purpose activity rooms while the multi-purpose main area can be changed to three volleyball courts, three netball courts, one handball court, or 12 badminton courts.
The sports center is situated near the Jordan MTR station; however, visitors can easily arrive at the place by taking either at Tsim Sha Tsui Exit A1 or Austin Exit F likewise. For the direction from the Jordan station, please refer to the previous entry “Kowloon Park Sports Center – Direction”.
The sports center opens from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, except its maintenance days. The maintenance days take place on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; however, the schedule will be changed to the next working day if it falls on a public holiday.
Big and convenient restrooms-cum-changing rooms can be found on the way to the main arena. The rooms are clean with the installation of good ventilation. Many shower rooms are also provided inside.
Regarding the badminton courts, the sports center can provide up to 12 badminton courts since the main arena is quite large covering an area of 1,760 square meters. This may be one of the biggest multi-purpose arenas in Hong Kong served for city dwellers. The courts here meet a higher standard than other sports centers.
The badminton courts are also clean and not slippery with the beech wood flooring. The light is not too strong while the air conditioning never disturbs the shuttlecock flight. However, one bench provided beside each court is too few for players coming as a big group of more than 10 people.
Still like other sport centers in Hong Kong, there are many lines used for different sports drawn on the surface of the multi-purpose arena. Badminton players hence sometimes may get confused and make wrong decisions during their games.
Changing room 4/5
Badminton court 4.5/5
Staff personality 4/5
Overall satisfaction 4.5/5