Not many locals know the existence of the park. It is a shame because it is such a delightful place.
It is in the east part of the city with easy access and a commanding view of the Lei Yue Mun Strait. The park, once a military barrack, has green grounds, historic buildings of European style and offers leisurely walks and many types of sports you can play with your family and friends, and a wide range of children activities, including artwork classes. It has a coffee shop too.
I am referring to Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village. But the minus point is you cannot just go to the park and gain entry. It is designated as a camp so you have to book in advance for entry as day/evening camp or residential camp (spending the night at the camp).For a day/evening camp, the fee is $17 for weekdays and $26 for Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. There is a concessionary rate for kids (3-13 years). For booking details and the transportation, pls visit the camp site.
Just a little bit on the history of the park. The site where the park now stands was once the Lei Yue Mun barrack which suffered intensive bombing and attack in 1941 during the Japanese invasion. The barrack was over 100 years old with the British army starting to moving in in 1845 because of its strategic position over the Lei Yue Mun Strait. It was still used as a barrack until 1987.
The central part of the barrack was converted to the now Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village in 1988, and where the fort was, has become the Museum of Coastal Defence.