No matter how much we love Bangkok, let’s face it, the city doesn’t have enough public green space for us to occasionally take shelter from polluted air. But soon, Bangkok will be home to the country’s first-ever “garden bridge” crossing over Chao Phraya River, designed by N71 Architect, a firm behind the Chulalongkorn University Centennary Park.
Called Bangkok Sky Park, the elevated garden connects Bangkok and Thon Buri sides and is sandwiched between the busy traffic lanes on Phra Pok Klao Bridge. The 280-meter construction is built on the partition of the never-completed skytrain line that was supposed to be Thailand's first modern mass-rapid transport, initiated during Prem Tinsulanonda's government by now-defunct Canadian conglomerate Lavarin.
Bangkok Sky Park offers overwater green lung for Bangkokian to appreciate greenery across the Chao Phraya River with trees and vegetation grown along the pedestrian path. The park provides a scenic walking route with a lookout to the mighty river, and an ideal jogging route as it bridges King Prajadhipok Park and Chaloem Phrakiet Forest Park.
No official launch date has been revealed but the park is expected to open before the end of June.