In April 2012 a press release from Chiang Mai Town Hall announced as reported in ChiangMaiCityNews.com : “Chiang Mai’s Kanchanaphisek Public Park to Get Make-Over” and “some time this year it will be ready for people to visit”
In fact the park is used regularly by joggers, bird catchers, fisher-folk and also at night.
Sometime later during a meeting with delegation from Gum Hak Doi Suthep when asked about this the Mayor replied “Oh no, we have no money this year”.
So since the municipality was doing no maintenance on the park WE CLEAN ChiangMai, an initiative of the Dhammadrops Foundation was invited in October to help make the place somewhat presentable where Gum Hak Doi Suthep had planted trees, as ChiangMai CityNews.com reported: Monks and Western Volunteers Clean Up Kanchanapisek Park
Also a number of times cleaning has been done by BIG! TREE in TOWN as reported in photos on their Facebook page.
The latest developments are that when requested to remove rubbish which had been accumulated over some months by these efforts, we were told the municipality could not do any work in the area as it was locked in a legal dispute with a private contractor. Yet lo and behold the rubbish has moved – moved back down onto the park by a bulldozer (pic 1), not onto a truck to be taken away.
But let’s look on the bright side. This is an election year and just as there is to be a flurry of activity to make a green park on the old jail site and now the poster is already up to show us what our handsome Mayor will do for us at Kanchana Pisek Park…
… but not until October to maximize electoral impact perhaps? Yes another Make-Over and if past practice is any guide the bulldozers will make short work of the young trees growing there and the water in the stream will be as malodorous as before.