Created By: HKBU
With a former battery (Kowloon West II Battery) in the park's northwest corner, the Whitfield Barracks of the British Army once stood where the park now stands.
In 1970, the Urban Council transformed the area into Kowloon Park.
For the park, more than 70 buildings had to be destroyed. On June 24, 1970, Sir David Trench, the governor of Hong Kong at the time, formally opened the park's first phase. The Tai Hang Tung Primary School PM Session children performed a lion dance and a folk dance to commemorate the opening. The First Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers' band played music. Kowloon Park was opened by Sir David after a plaque in honor of the event was unveiled. Out of a total of 26 acres, 18 acres were included in the first phase. A government official described it as "a reminder of Hongkong's eclectic cultural history" and said it included a floral clock and a Chinese garden set amid an English environment.
However, from 1975 to 1978, a portion of the property was used to build a MTR rapid transit line (originally the Kwun Tong line, now the Tsuen Wan line). This was the reason given for the delay in completing the remaining three sections of the park for recreational purposes. The Urban Council also attributed some of the blame to the development of Kowloon Park Drive, which was forced through a park corner by the government.
The 1982 Executive Council approval of proposals for a strip of retail space fronting Nathan Road to be carved out of Kowloon Park's slope was met with criticism for the government. When the Barracks were transformed into a public park in 1970, the idea was initially put forth and caused considerable criticism. The Muslim neighborhood, whose mosque stood nearby, as well as the Urban Council were also against it. For $218 million, the rights to construct the 5,410 square meter strip were sold to a New World Development company in February 1983. "Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard" is the name of the shopping district. Due to the grade adjustment, the gardens and shop roofs are level with Kowloon Park's ground.
In 1980, an aviary was established. The park was built for $300 million between 1987 and 1989 with funding provided by the former Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club. The sports complex and swimming pool complex were erected, and the park's size was "doubled" by enlarging to the north and south.
This point of interest is part of the tour: HKBU GFHC1045 TST Tour