The government is to build Cambodia’s biggest recreational park in northeastern Mondulkiri province with a budget of about $3 million.
The park will be built on the site of an old 20-hectare airport complex, according to the government.
The site is centrally located in Sen Monorom and the old airport site has sat idle for many years, but is now set to become a popular entertainment venue for both locals and tourists. Construction will likely start in November.
Yos Chomnayady, an undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, said the provincial authorities and relevant departments and units need to grow native trees and plants that identify the province’s natural resources, especially in relation to the indigenous culture, ethnic groups and national identity.
He added that preparations are underway for planting trees and plants in Sen Monorom Park, in the centre of Sen Monorom city.
The park is a gift from the prime minister to the people, especially those in Mondulkiri, he said.
“The establishment of the park is classic with granite floors, drainage and a waste-water system, roads, lighting poles, playground, gym, exhibition centres, multi-purpose leisure facilities, investment and public latrines,” he said.
“The park will be built with green grass, trees, flowers and plants that showcase the province’s natural resources to be favourable with the climate.
“In addition, it shows the indigenous culture and the national identity,” he added.
Ho Vandy, the secretary-general of Cambodia’s National Tourism Alliance, said it will be great to have the national recreational park in the province because it will boost the ecotourism sector and more tourists will come to visit the area.
“This relates to the green ecotourism in the province as it will change the landscape and diversify the tourism sector in the province which will make it a more joyful place for tourists,” he said.