Local residents urge Pattaya authorities to look after abandoned playground in Jomtien, closed due to Covid-19 restrictions


Locals are asking relevant officials to look after an abandoned playground on Jomtien Beach across from the Jomtien night market that, according to them, has fallen into a destitute state after being closed for about three months now due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The playground is part of a long-term Jomtien Beach renovation project and is supposed to be a centerpiece for children to play at and has an Angry Birds theme. The Pattaya City environmental office is responsible to look after the playground, according to associated Thai media. However, the park has not been maintained, according to local residents, since Covid-19 related closures began in April.

The playground was previously used for exercising and for kids to play. However, the playground now appears dirty, full of garbage, weeds, and broken equipment and infrastructure, according to local residents.

Local residents have urged relevant officials to help keep the playground clean and repair the park, the equipment, and maintain the area despite Covid-19 restrictions. There has not been an official response from relevant agencies at this time, although TPN media notes the park has previously come under fire from local residents several times over the past year for not opening even before current Covid-19 restrictions, allegedly due to concerns about who would maintain the park or sanitize the equipment to meet Covid-19 standards.

TPN media has had several complaints from local parents over the past seven months concerned about the park and who also urged authorities to sort out the problem. While it is noted the park is currently not allowed to open due to Covid-19 restrictions as playgrounds are not cleared to open, the park should be maintained and kept at a high standard for the future, state local residents and TPN readers alike.


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.