Ho Chi Minh City to build 10 amusement parks for kids

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Ten new amusement parks and three cultural centers will be built in HCMC during the next four years, according to the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee.

The body said that the plan is aimed at providing local children with more places to play.

Three cultural centers in the districts of Tan Phu, Hoc Mon and Binh Chanh will be completed by the end of this year.

The amusement parks are slated to open before the end of the following year. Work on all of the projects will begin this year.

The amusement parks will all be modeled on the Khanh Hoi Children's Entertainment Area in District 4 - a free, 13,000 square meters facility that attracts 1,500-2,000 children every day.

The amusement areas will feature rides and games and will also offer recreational activities for adults.

Unlike Khanh Hoi, the new amusement parks will require visitors to purchase tickets. After they open, at least 20 percent of the services in the amusement parks must be dedicated to children.

They are also required to offer discounted tickets to needy children.

Amusement parks in Can Thanh Town Park in Can Gio District, Phu Lam Park in District 6, Le Thi Rieng Park in District 10, the Youth

Activity Center in Nha Be District and the Binh Chanh Commune Cultural Park in Binh Chanh District will be entirely funded by the districts in which they are located.

The construction of four others in Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District and Tao Dan Park, 23/9 Park, and Le Van Tam Park in District 1 will be carried out by the City Department of Transportation.

The city Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs will build the final park at the Youth Education and Vocational Training Center.

The People's Committee has also commissioned the construction of Rach Chiec Physical Training and Sport Complex, the City Museum, a symphony and opera house, and the City Circus in the Thu Thiem New Urban Area in District 2.

Around 1.7 million children under the age of 16 live in the city, but few amusement and entertainment venues are available to them.

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