Designing Hong Kong has been long advocating for better accessibility to the waterfronts for the general public. Along with the proposal of the Island Coast Trail, it is hoped that open space along with the coastal areas could be expanded for public usage. After years of discussion and assiduous efforts, the East Coast Park Precinct (Phase 1) in Fortress Hill is finally opened for public usage.
Before the development of the East Coast Park, the harbourfront in the Fortress Hill Area has been predominated by industrial uses and the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass. The opening of the Precinct interconnected the harbourfront areas of Fortress Hill. The opening of the precinct has enabled citizens to enjoy the stunning view of Victoria Habour in proximity, with the breakwater that situated the maintenance path to the shaft used by the Central-Wan Chai Bypass opened for public access. The Precinct has also hosted an abundance of leisure facilities. Such facilities include a ground for riders of balance bikes, slides & safety floor mat and a lawn area with benches and shelter. Citizens could bring along their pets and kids, and enjoy some decent family time in the precinct.
The opening of the Precinct has symbolized better connectivity to the East Coast of Hong Kong Island. The upcoming development of the East Coast Park has further stretched the existing promenade along Victoria Harbour to 25 kilometres, with other sections including the Pierside Precinct (Phase 2), the Water Sports and Recreation Precinct (Phase 2) and the Revitalised Typhoon Shelter Precinct expected by the end of the year. Together with the ongoing development of the Broadwalk underneath the Island Eastern Corridor, better connectivity along the East Coast of Hong Kong Island could be much expected. Thanks to the continuous improvement work planned in the harbourfront areas, the Island Coastal Trail project proposed by Designing Hong Kong would be coming to fruition in the coming years.
The precinct can be reached from the Fortress Hill MTR Station within a 7-minute walk. From the Exit A of the MTR Station, visitors can walk along Oil Street to the Electric Road, and walk to the end of Watson Road to reach the precinct. You can also further explore the Eastern Harbour Walk of the Island Coastal Trail, and visit the harbourfront in North Point or Causeway Bay, to enjoy the mesmerising view of the Victoria Harbour.