Opened at the end of September last year, Wat Hua Lamphong Rukkhaniwet Park is a prime example of Bangkok’s latest drive to create new green spaces for its residents and visitors. It’s a smart move to address the needs of a metropolis screaming for more trees and breathable enclaves.
Green initiatives abound in Bangkok as the city gears up to help meet Thailand’s goal of reducing 20-30% of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This is one of the objectives countries pledged to in the Paris Agreement. With both the public and private sectors rolling up their sleeves, Bangkok250 is aimed at making the inner city ‘more liveable’ by Bangkok’s 250th birthday in 2032. The Green Bangkok 2030 project was launched at the end of 2019 to develop additional, sustainable green spaces for healthier city dwelling.
Bangkok currently has some 100 city parks, of which only 10 exceed 100 rai (160,000sqm). With little chance of another sizable park opening in the metropolis, the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) called for donations of vacant plots of land to be reserved for the creation of community parks. They ran design competitions to generate interest and garner public participation. As a result, pocket parks have been springing up all over town.
One of 12 small, centrally located park projects that were earmarked for completion between 2021 and end 2022, Wat Hua Lamphong Rukkhaniwet Park opened at the end of September 2021. It’s located in a quiet side street, tucked behind a huge looming condo complex. Surrounded by traditional shophouses, a temple and several branded hotels, this little pocket park offers respite for everyone and anyone.