Chao Phraya Sky Park is a pedestrian bridge across the Chao Phraya River and a new landmark for Bangkokians. It is considered the country’s first-ever sky park and the world’s first-ever sky park crossing over the river. It connects traveling between the Thon Buri and Phra Nakhon sides of the Chao Phraya River together. The Chao Phraya Sky Park is a beautiful scenic point at the middle of Chao Phraya River with spectacular viewpoints amid the greenery of trees and plants grown along the walking route. It also promote the landscape in the area of Kadijeen and Khlong San.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), by City Planning and Urban Development Department, together with The Urban Design and Development Center (UddC) and partners has implemented the thoroughfare and landscape improvement project on the bridge structure crossing over the Chao Phraya River situated between the traffic lanes on the Phra Pok Klao Bridge or “Chao Phraya Sky Park”. The project aims to increase the public green area to the City of Bangkok. It was implemented through the creation of public participation procedures and mutual ownership among various sectors to raise public awareness on green area.
The Chao Phraya Sky Park is an elevated public park with the 280 x 8.5 meter pedestrian walkway and bicycle lane that connects traffic between the Thon Buri and Phra Nakhon sides of Bangkok. It is equipped with relaxing corner, viewpoint, and space for recreation activity. The Sky Park was designed into a double-deck walking route with ramps traversing up and down between two levels. The 2- 3 meters guardrail and elevator for persons with disabilities have been installed together with various facilities to facilitate persons with disabilities and the elderly. The Chao Phraya Sky Park was officially opened in 2020 and opened for public use daily during 05.00 – 20.00 hrs.
In terms of architecture, it highlights the easy function and maintenance. Plants, trees, and flowers are specially and thoughtfully selected to suit the Bangkok’s weather conditions. Large perennial trees were not planted and grown here in order to reduce the weight of the structure and minimize the harm from dead branches and leaves for the safety of people commuting along Phra Pok Klao Bridge. Vegetation on the Chao Phraya Sky Park is also beneficial for insects and overall ecosystem. The BMA had organized the park naming contest and the name of “Chao Phraya Sky Park” were selected.
Hence, the “Chao Phraya Sky Park” is a public place for relaxation and exercise with excellent viewpoint for sunsets and sunrise in the middle of the Chao Phraya River. Moreover, its neighboring areas are full of the top-rated tourist attractions of Bangkok such as Phra Phutthayotfa Chulalok Bridge; Phra Boromathat Maha Chedi of Prayoon Wongsawat Temple; Santa Cruz Temple; Kanlayanamit Temple; Kudi Chin Community; The Grand Pagoda of Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan (Temple of Dawn; as well as the new construction projects such as Yodpiman Riverwalk and ICONSIAM.