April 22, 2014 00:00 By Tanatpong Kongsai The Nation
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will build three public parks - in the Vacharapol, Bang Phlat and Suwinthawong areas - as part of its scheme to create more green space in the city. It plans to complete the three parks this year.
BMA spokesperson Tridao Aphaiwong said the BMA Department of Environment had reported yesterday to a meeting of city executives about progress of public-park construction and maintenance.
The 34-rai park under Vacharapol Bridge includes a 4.6-rai dog park, is costing Bt49.7 million to build, and is 85 per cent complete. The 14-rai park in Bang Phlat’s Soi Charan Sanit Wong 42 is in contract draft review and is expected to be finished this December. Third, a 7-rai park in Soi Suwinthawong 47 is being price assessed and should be ready by August, the meeting was told.
Tridao said many parks were in the process of construction or re-landscaping, such as the 100-rai King Rama 9 Park (Bang Bon) to be finished next July, the 119-rai park near Soi Phet Kasem 69 to be complete next February, and the 78-rai Beung Lam Phai Park scheduled for 2015.
BMA deputy permanent secretary Jumpol Sumpaopol has urged Bangkokians to beware of summer storms or hailstorms that could topple large billboards and construction site equipment during April 24-26. Bangkok has about 100 illegal billboards. The city has urged them to be strengthened, while also advising 400-500 construction sites to be extra careful and to safeguard equipment that could be damaged by storms during this period.