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Why build a private playground in public view?

Dear Editor,

I was interested to see the photograph of the children's play park close to Wat Phnom in the February 10 edition of The Phnom Penh Post.

It is certainly true that Phnom Penh has few public play parks, but it is worth remembering that there is a private one only a short walk away.

This was specifically designed to be in full public view, is well-provided with play furniture and has stood more or less unused for the past three years.

What possessed the planners of the American embassy to put such a park at the corner of Christopher Howes Street is beyond me, but, surely, a few dollars spent on a new fence within the compound and gate to allow access from Street 61 would considerably enhance good will (especially among the under 10s) towards the United States.

I am sure the daughters of the new incumbent in the White House would wholeheartedly agree.

Michael Hansen

Phnom Penh

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