Appendix 2 : Typical Calculation of a District Requirement for Recreation Facilities

  1. Base Population              : 300 000 persons

    Open Space Requirement : 300 000 m2

  2. Area required for built facilities (Purpose-built indoor recreation facilities not included in open space calculation)

[ Table Summary ]

 

Built Facility

Population Standard No. required Space Standard (ha) Recreation Space (ha)
Sports Centre
(or Leisure Centre)

1:50 000-65 000

5 0.6 3.0
Swimming Pool (standard) 1:287 000 1 2.0 2.0
Swimming Pool (leisure) 1:District 1 0.6 0.6
Sports Ground 1:200 000-250 000 1 3.0 3.0
      Total (ha)  8.6


  1. Area required for remaining outdoor core activities (minimum required)  for median district with a population of 300 000

[ Table Summary ]

 

Core Activity

Population Standard

No. required

Space Standard Per Unit (sq.m)

Recreation Area2(ha)

Tennis 2:30 000 20 260.76 0.78
Basketball 1:10 000 30 420.00 1.89
Volleyball 1:20 000 15 162.00 0.36
Football 1:100 000 3 8 250.00 3.09
5-a-side mini-soccer 1:30 000 10 1 080.00 1.62
7-a-side mini-soccer 1:30 000 10 4 353.79 6.53
Rugby/Basketball/Cricket1 per district 1 12 000.00 1.50
Roller skating per 30 000 10 300.00 0.45
Jogging per 30 000 10 500-1 000m 1.50
      Total (ha) 17.72

  1 These activities can be accommodated in multi-purpose grass pitches. The actual dimension will depend on site constraints (ideal dimension is 120m x 100m), but the width should not be less than 90m.

  2 A multiplier of 1.5 and 1.25 have been applied respectively for court/pitch of a size below and above 5 000 sq.m. The multiplier allows flexibility for margins and circulation space.


  1. Area of public open space (minimum required)

[ Table Summary ]

 

Open Space

Active (ha) Passive (ha) Recreation Space (ha) A:P ratio
RO no standard no standard as required -
DO 18.0 12.0 30.0 3.2
LO3 n/a 30.0 30.0 -
Total (ha) 18.0 42.0 60.0 -

  3 LO is primarily intended for passive use including children's playground, and hence active to passive ratio does not apply. However, in comprehensive residential developments, some areas of LO would need to be set aside for active uses to accommodate the required facilities.


  Note: The above is for reference purpose only. In practice, the planning standards and guidelines should be applied with a degree of flexibility, having regard to land use demands, local conditions, development constraints and resource availability, as stipulated in Para.5.4 of Chapter 1.

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   Last revision date : December 2015