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Bangkok’s Green Revolution: Chadchart Sittipunt’s Visionary 15-Minute Pocket Park Project

Imagine stepping into an oasis of tranquility amidst the vibrant hustle and bustle of Bangkok. This is not just any oasis, but ‘Suan Wat Hua Lamphong Rukkhaniwet’, a community park nestled in the heart of the bustling Bang Rak district. It’s a gem in the urban landscape, part of the groundbreaking Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s 15-Minute Pocket Park project. As students meander through its pathways, it’s a vivid reminder of the city’s efforts to blend nature with urban life.

Kantika Kongglom, at 49, finds her solace and routine in another hidden paradise, Suan Suk Jai, situated cozily in Soi Seri Thai 73. Thrice a week, after her day’s work, she jogs within its welcoming embrace, making use of the exercise equipment peppered throughout. It’s her getaway, her slice of green in the grey, conveniently a stone’s throw from her home. “Otherwise,” she chuckles, “I’d be lost to the internet, adrift in the digital sea.”

Not far behind in his love for these green sanctuaries is Chaleao LongpolKlang, 56, whose allegiance lies with the same park. An office worker by day, he morphs into a fitness enthusiast by dusk, visiting four to five times weekly. “It’s the green, the breath of fresh air so near home, that draws me,” he confesses. His wish, however, echoes the silent plea of many—a cry for more such parks. “Bangkok’s crowded,” he sighs, “and the air, it yearns to be cleaner.”

Suk Jai Park is but one star in the galaxy of over 100 community green spaces birthed from the visionary 15 Minute Pocket Park campaign, spearheaded by none other than Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt. A leap taken in 2022 to counter environmental qualms with a tapestry of green, this initiative aims at threading public spaces with nature’s weave.

Imagine, if you will, existing parks and sports fields breathing anew with vibrant gardens, previously deserted spaces reborn as neighbourhood retreats—all within an 800-metre orb, a mere 15-minute walk from one’s doorstep. “Our canvas? Over 100 pocket parks now, but we dream bigger—500 within four years,” shares Pornphrom Vikitsreth, the Chief Sustainability Officer at BMA, painting his vision with a broad stroke.

Accessibility remains king in this green revolution. Each district, entrusted as the local gardener, seeks and nurtures these green nooks. From BMA-owned jewels to those under state enterprises and private sectors, the spectrum is broad, and the care, bespoke.

Enter Wepark, the crusader joining hands with BMA, weaving the dream of small, sustainable green public realms into reality. They’re the maestros behind the design, supervision, and maintenance of these vibrant patches. Their symphony? A collaboration that beats at the heart of the campaign.

The crescendo of this green movement, however, resonates with the private sector’s melody. Take Thai PBS, for example, heralding the call by transforming their outdoor spaces into a welcoming hub for the public to revel in fitness and freedom. Theirs is among the prized 15-Minute Pocket Parks, a testament to what collaborative spirit can achieve.

Imagine, then, a Bangkok reimagined, where every turn brings you face to face with a green retreat. Where the air is purer and the streets, a little less crowded. This isn’t a far-fetched dream but a budding reality, growing one pocket park at a time. As the cityscape dons its green shroud, it’s a serene promise of a healthier, happier urban dwelling. And amidst it all, every step, jog, or leisurely stroll you take is a stride towards a greener tomorrow.


  1. GreenThumbLover February 6, 2024

    Love the ambition of the 15-Min Pocket Park project! It’s amazing how a city as crowded as Bangkok is making strides toward integrating more green spaces. Definitely a step in the right direction for urban planning.

    • ConcreteJungle February 6, 2024

      While the initiative sounds great, I’m skeptical about the actual impact these small parks will have on the city’s overall environment. It feels more like a band-aid solution to the larger issue of urban pollution and space mismanagement.

      • GreenThumbLover February 6, 2024

        I see your point, but I think every little bit helps. Starting with small parks could inspire larger environmental projects and more public participation in green initiatives. It’s about creating a culture as much as solving the pollution problem directly.

      • EcoWarrior February 6, 2024

        Exactly! Small steps lead to big changes. These parks could serve as vital green lungs in the city and foster a stronger community spirit around the importance of sustainability. Plus, they’re a quick source of relief and beauty in the urban sprawl.

  2. CitySlicker101 February 6, 2024

    Honestly, how many people will actually use these parks? Between work and commuting, there’s hardly time. Sounds like a waste of resources that could be better spent elsewhere.

    • ParkRunner February 6, 2024

      You’d be surprised how much a nearby park can make a difference in daily routines. It’s not just about time but accessibility. Knowing there’s a place to unwind or exercise close by is a game-changer for many, including me.

      • BusyBee February 6, 2024

        I have to agree with ParkRunner. Having a park within a 15-minute walk from my place has encouraged me to start jogging again. It’s not just about having the time; it’s about the space being welcoming and readily available.

    • BudgetWatcher February 6, 2024

      What about the cost, though? Are these parks really the best investment when there are so many other issues the city needs to address? Priorities seem skewed.

      • GreenFinance February 6, 2024

        It’s important to consider the long-term benefits of these investments. Green spaces contribute to healthier communities, which can help decrease healthcare costs in the future. Plus, they increase property values and local business income by making areas more attractive.

  3. NatureNurtures February 6, 2024

    This project is a testament to the power of local governments in making real change. Imagine if cities worldwide adopted similar initiatives. The collective impact on global health and happiness would be immense!

    • SkepticalSam February 6, 2024

      It’s a nice thought, but let’s be realistic. Not every city has the resources or the will to make this happen. Plus, the benefits of such small parks are still up for debate.

      • GlobalGreenie February 6, 2024

        Resources and will can be developed over time, especially if citizens push for change. The benefits of green spaces, no matter how small, are backed by plenty of research. They’re essential for mental health, air quality, and biodiversity.

  4. SteelCityResident February 6, 2024

    My city could never. It feels like we’re moving in the opposite direction, with green spaces turning into parking lots. Bangkok’s lucky to have a government that understands the value of green space.

    • UrbanPlanner February 6, 2024

      Transforming parking lots back into green spaces isn’t impossible. It takes community action and support from local businesses. Bangkok’s project could serve as a blueprint for other cities to follow.

      • SteelCityResident February 6, 2024

        I wish it were that easy. It feels like fighting a losing battle here, but seeing projects like this does give me a bit of hope.

  5. HistoryBuff February 6, 2024

    My concern is about the historical areas of Bangkok that might get overshadowed or neglected in the rush to modernize and ‘greenify’. It’s important to maintain a balance and ensure that the city’s culture and history aren’t lost.

    • Modernist February 7, 2024

      Change is necessary for progress. While history is important, we can’t let it hold us back from making meaningful improvements to the city’s livability and sustainability. These parks can incorporate historical elements to preserve the city’s culture.

      • HistoryBuff February 7, 2024

        Incorporating historical elements sounds like a good compromise. It would be fascinating to see parks that also serve as accessible, open-air museums celebrating Bangkok’s rich history.

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