New city park ready to welcome visitors
Vibhaphirom Park, Bangkok's newest public park, is now open to visitors.
Located on Soi Vibhavadi 18 in Chatuchak district, the park sits on a 2-rai site.
The park is one of the first projects under the Green Bangkok 2030 campaign, said Silapasuay Raweesangsoon, permanent secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
Another such project, Wat Hua Lamphong Rukkhaniwet Park, opened in Bang Rak district on Wednesday.
Speaking at Vibhaphirom Park's opening, Ms Silapasuay said it will play a role in City Hall's efforts to improve the physical and mental health of Bangkok residents, adding the BMA wanted people to be healthy.
Over the past nine years, the BMA and its partners, including non-governmental organisations, have turned more vacant land into public parks, she said.
"We call Vibhaphirom Park a pocket garden," Ms Silapasuay said. "We also have facilities for those in wheelchairs," she said. Vibhaphirom Park is overseen by Chatuchak district office, which invested about 7.5 million baht for its development.
The BMA wants to convert vacant land, including small spaces behind or next to buildings to be green public spaces in the future, she said.
Other plots include one next to the Ban Son Skytrain station in Bang Sue and vacant land under expressways.
Meanwhile, Chatuchak district office recently organised a street art competition entitled "Khlong Prem Prachakon" in the locality, Ms Silapasuay said.
The aim was to raise awareness about the need to maintain the environment along a section of the Khlong Prem Prachakon canal that runs through the Pracha Ruam Chai Song community in Chatuchak district, she said.
The BMA recently gave that section of the waterway a facelift.
Six winning teams won prizes worth 100,000 baht in total in the competition.
The BMA wanted to promote street art as a new tourist attraction. she added.