Local authorities in every district and Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City have been asked to study the demand for parking services among park-goers so as to set up parking lots on a par with each park’s total area.
The municipal administration made this move in an attempt to ease a shortfall of parking spaces facing most public parks in the southern metropolis.
If it is unfeasible for some parks to set up parking spaces, the park management units need to team up with relevant agencies to survey nearby parking services and install instruction boards to help park-goers access those services, the municipal administration said.
The city’s Department of Planning and Architecture was tasked with urgently mapping out a zoning plan for developing parking spaces at public parks.
Authorities in the districts and Thu Duc City were also told to regularly patrol and handle those who stop or park their vehicles unlawfully along the roadside, especially in public park areas, to ensure public security and traffic safety.
Due to the scarcity of parking lots, many park-goers in the city cannot fully enjoy their time at the parks, as they have to keep an eye on their vehicles parked on sidewalks or by the roadside.
Around some major parks such as Hoang Van Thu Park in Tan Binh District, Bach Dang Wharf Park and 30/4 (April 30) Park in District 1, a host of motorbikes were found to be parked by the roadside, which poses a threat to traffic safety and can cause traffic jams.
Data from the municipal Department of Construction showed that the city houses 424 parks and only 33 have parking lots, equivalent to 7.8 percent.
This means more than 92 percent of the parks citywide do not have parking spaces.