Footpaths and exercise areas on Pratumnak and “Big Buddha” hill to be renovated and improved, says Pattaya Mayor

Pattaya, Thailand-

Footpaths and walkways at Khao Phratumnak – Khao Phra Bat (Buddha Hill) are set to be renovated, repaired, and improved according to the Pattaya City Mayor who spoke to the Pattaya News over the past weekend about the proposed development of the area.

The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume told local news media and The Pattaya News, “We are focusing on developing facilities and improving people’s lives while providing them the opportunity to improve their health. We have been working on several projects, including sports stadiums and a new public park in Jomtien, but also want to commit to refurbishing and improving existing areas like the exercise areas and walkways on Pratumnak Hill and Buddha Hill.”

“Footpaths, walkways, and exercise equipment on both hills are set to be renovated and initial proposals are now in preliminary phases with relevant agencies. We hope that the work can be completed by the end of this fiscal year.” The Mayor concluded.

The Mayor also stated that other improvements on the hills were also being discussed, including proposals for “see-through” glass walkways as a tourist attraction near the Pattaya City sign and an overall renovation of the park area near the landmark sign.

The Pattaya News notes that the Mayor did not directly address a common complaint about the area from local residents regarding a large number of street dogs that have taken residence in and around the parks which have driven regular and heated debates and complaints on social media channels with people having drastically different opinions on what should be done about the animal population.

Story by The Pattaya News, Photos by Sophon Cable TV

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