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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