If you're longing for a splash of greenery to break up the urban sprawl, then here’s something to keep you on your toes. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is planning to open the Chao Phraya Skypark and—despite being pushed as "the world's first ever public park across a river" (join us in the world's longest collective eyeroll)—it looks pretty legit.
Occupying an uncompleted Skytrain track, which was part of Thailand’s first elevated railway project and abandoned in 1992, the park is scheduled to open later this month. Linking the Khlong San and Phra Nakhon districts on either side of the river, the skypark will hopefully become a model for turning Bangkok's unused spaces into the green areas this city so badly needs.
According to Bangkok Post, the BMA has spent B123 million developing the 280-metre-long and 8.5-metre-wide structure along Phra Pok Klao Bridge. The development of the park has seen a year-long introduction of plants, ramps, elevators, viewpoints, rest areas and various levels of paths for pedestrians and cyclists, who will only be allowed to walk their bikes through the skypark.