|Headquarters||Leisure and Cultural Services Headquarters, 1-3 Pai Tau Street, Sha Tin, Hong Kong|
|Employees||10108 (March 2019) |
|Annual budget||5,054.9m HKD (2008-09) |
|Parent agency||Home Affairs Bureau|
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of Hong Kong
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|Leisure and Cultural Services Department|
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), is a department in the Government of Hong Kong. It reports to the Home Affairs Bureau, headed by the Secretary for Home Affairs. It provides leisure and cultural activities for the people of Hong Kong, which was also one of the tasks of the former Urban Council, and Regional Council and Home Affairs Bureau. It manages various public facilities around Hong Kong including public libraries, swimming pools, and sports centres. The well-known Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong Space Museum are among several museums also managed by the department. It was established in 2000 and its headquarters is in Shatin, New Territories.
Most public parks and gardens are managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) consists of 67 static and 10 mobile libraries offering a total collection of 12.3 million items of books, audio/video materials, newspapers and periodicals, etc. Among the most significant libraries are the Hong Kong Central Library, Kowloon Public Library, and Sha Tin Public Library.
The LCSD operates two stadia (Hong Kong Stadium and Mong Kok Stadium) and numerous sports grounds, indoor sporting halls and courts, and public swimming pools. It also manages and provides lifeguards at gazetted beaches.
Under the Sports Subvention Scheme, the LCSD provides recurrent subvention to 58 national sports associations (NSAs) in Hong Kong, at levels ranging from around HK$0.5 million to HK$10 million (in 2011-12). Until 2004-2005, NSAs received subventions from the statutory Hong Kong Sports Development Board. NSAs are members of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, which is the National Olympic Committee in Hong Kong responsible for the co-ordination of all local sports organizations and promotion of sports in Hong Kong.
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