The Ministry of Environment reported a massive turnout of visitors to Tonle Snguot Park in Tbong Khmum province’s O’Reang-ou district, following its official opening.

The park, located in Preah Theat commune, was inaugurated on March 1 by environment minister Eang Sophalleth, who is also chairman of the government’s provincial working group, according to ministry spokesperson Khvay Atitya. 

“Around 10,000 people, predominantly children, visited the park on Sunday, March 3,” he said on March 4, citing the district administration.

He noted that the park and its jungle gyms represent a new milestone following the planting of one million chrysanthemum flowers.

He said the park, initially a tranquil spot, is not only a recreational space for children and local communities but also envisaged as an attraction for national and international tourists.

“The 14-ha Tonle Snguot area is set to evolve into various natural recreation zones, developed in phases,” added Atitya.

He detailed that the resort encompasses a swing area, sports facilities (including volleyball and football), natural and cultural sites, historical forests, scenic areas, fishing grounds, fish farms and irrigation systems to aid local farmers.

Sophalleth expressed gratitude at the inauguration for the support from local authorities, the country’s professional team and Canadian philanthropists in bringing the park to fruition, envisioned as a leisure space for children and the public.

Athitya revealed plans for an event during the upcoming Khmer New Year in April.

He said the government working group, collaborating with local authorities and residents, will host festivities in Tonle Snguot to welcome and entertain visitors. 

He added that the area, rich in ancient history and near temples such as Wat Preah Theat Basrei, is also known for its ancient hills and numerous worship sites.

Thuon Sinan, chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Cambodia chapter, praised the development of new tourism products, highlighting their importance for local communities and visitors.

Sophalleth’s planting of one million chrysanthemums, blooming in yellow to welcome the New Year, signifies a warm invitation to visitors during holidays and festivals. Plans include growing sweet bamboo and java plum trees for shade and future utility for locals, along with the installation of over 100 solar lights around the park for nighttime illumination, as per the ministry.