THE second phase of renovations at Central Park in Futian District is nearly under way and will expand the park’s capacity to 100,000 visitors, the city’s park management center announced over the weekend.
The new round of renovations will upgrade the park’s broadcast system, add more sports facilities and open WiFi service in the park, according to Wen Dongping, vice director of the Central Park management office.
Wen didn’t specify when the renovations will be completed.
The park borders Shennan Boulevard and crosses busy thoroughfares including Sungang Road West, Hongli Road and Fuhua Road. Despite its central location, residents didn’t frequent the large park until completion of the first phase of renovations late last year.
The first phase connected previously separated areas in the park with hiking and cycling tracks, installed five public toilets and added more than 10 entrances.
More than 210 parking spaces are available at the park, which has two basketball courts, two tennis courts, two volleyball courts and a football pitch.
"I’m surprised by the changes at the park, which used to not be visitor-friendly in terms of accessibility and public facilities,” a resident surnamed Xu told local television news media over the weekend. “Now we have a new place to spend leisure time.”
The daily number of visitors to the park tripled between the end of last year and February, according to park management.
In response to the park’s small number of facilities that offer shade, Central Park management said it will take some time for young trees to grow.
Eleven city parks are expected to provide free WiFi service by the end of this year, according to the city’s park management center. Free WiFi service already is available on a trial basis in Lianhua Hill Park and Shenzhen Garden Expo Park.
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