Fences surrounding Thong Nhat Park in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Chieu
Hanoi’s Thong Nhat Park will see all 1,700m of fencing removed and surveillance cameras installed to maintain order.
The Municipal People’s Council approved an initiative in which more than VND400 billion ($16.4 million) from the national budget would be spent to renovate and modernize the capital’s largest park in Hai Ba Trung district.
New hutches for resting, urinals and other utilities would be installed. Lighting and sound systems, as well as cameras, would also be in place.
The park gates, located on Nguyen Dinh Chieu and Dai Co Viet streets, need to be upgraded. Other improved infrastructure would include trails, park plaza, exhibition yard and playgrounds.
The total area to be renovated covers 48 ha, including 16.5 ha of water bodies. The renovation is expected to be completed by 2026.
Late last year, about 400m of park fencing along Tran Nhan Tong Street was removed so that the park could be integrated into the pedestrian paths around Thien Quang Lake.
Thong Nhat is the largest park in Hanoi, covering 50 ha and stretching between four streets. The fences have been renovated several times and there are currently seven entrances.
The Hanoi People’s Council also agreed to renovate Bach Thao Park for VND148 billion and Thu Le Park for VND330 billion. Bach Thao would retain its fences, while some sections of Thu Le would be fenceless.
By 2025, Hanoi is expected to renovate and modernize 45 of 63 existing parks and gardens, while asking investors to speed up construction of some other parks.