City Plans Park Projects Using Private Money Funds

Phnom Penh authorities have proposed upgrading two garden parks along the Tonle Sap and near the city railway station.

The plans call for the development of the riverside from Chak­tomuk Theater to the Cam­bodia-Japan Friendship Bridge and the redevelopment of the Railway Station Park, Chea Sophara, Phnom Penh’s first deputy governor, said Wednes­day.

The municipality hopes the private sector will fund the park project in exchange for placing name plates of contributing companies on sites, he added.

The city already has developed parts of the riverfront over the last year. The new plan in­volves stretching the park to the bridge. Upgraded riverbanks and decora­tive street lights, fountains and benches also are planned, Chea Sophara said.

The Railway Station Park, which runs from Stupa Wat off Mon­i­vong Boulevard to the Ton­le Sap, is slated to get a major facelift, including landscaping and construction of souvenir shops. Now only a few trees and patchy grasses grow there.

The municipality has done a feasibility study and received a design plan from a New Zealand consultant, he said. Chea Soph­ara said the city is ready to re­de­sign the plans based on constructive criticism from the public. The final plan will be ready in March.

Construction dates have not been set yet because of lack of funds, Chea Sophara said. He declined to estimate how much the improvements would cost.



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