City solicits input on its 1st park regulations

Now Shenzhen   |   September 30, 2022

Shenzhen recently unveiled a draft of park regulations seeking public suggestions over the management of its parks.

The public can send their suggestions via email to [email protected] by Oct. 17, according to announcement from the Shenzhen Municipal Urban Administration and Law Enforcement Bureau.

As of the end of 2021, Shenzhen had had a total of 1,238 parks underpinning its rich biodiversity. So far, the city has recorded 585 wild animal species and 2,068 wild vascular plant species, with most of their habitats being in the city’s parks and tourist attractions.

The draft regulations call for including park’s green lands into ecological green lines and extending legal ecological protection to various types of parks.

At present, only forest and wetland parks have been included into ecological red lines, where ecological protection must be strictly ensured.

The draft regulations aim to improve the city’s park management, protect its ecological environment, build an international first-level “city in parks,” and build a beautiful park model with man and nature in harmony.

The draft regulations also specify fines for violations. Citizens will face a fine ranging from 500 to 5,000 yuan (US$71-718) if found releasing or feeding animals in undesignated park areas.

Additionally, citizens who refuse to rectify their behaviors after being found violating a ban prohibiting dogs or other pets from entering parks will face a penalty. Activities producing excessive noise will lead to a fine by the city’s public security authority, as per the draft regulations.

Anyone who flies a drone in a park in violation of regulations will also face a fine between 1,000 and 5,000 yuan if he or she refuses to heed the warning of park management.

Moreover, new materials, technologies and machines are also urged to be used to make park smarter to improve service quality.