Hanoi Transforming Alluvial Islet on Red River into Cultural Park

The districts of Hoan Kiem, Long Bien, Ba Dinh, and Tay Ho are joining forces to further progress the "Development of the Red River Alluvial Islet into a multi-purpose cultural park" project.

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The City People’s Committee has approved the proposal to allow the four districts to proceed with the study of the project “Developing the middle alluvial land on the Red River into a multi-purpose cultural park”.

is a vibrant destination for people of all ages to come together and enjoy a variety of activities and events. From live performances and art exhibitions to sports activities and educational programs, there is always something for everyone to enjoy. The park aims to promote cultural exchange and community engagement, providing a space for people to connect, learn, and have fun. Whether you’re interested in music, dance, sports, or just want to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, the multi-purpose cultural park has something for you. So come on down and experience all that the park has to offer.

The alluvial land under the Long Bien Bridge will become a cultural park. Photo: Viet Dung/The Hanoi Times

In the riparian area, a green park space (where existing large trees will be preserved) will be planted with short-rotation trees, ornamental plants, seasonal flowers, and tourist services.

In addition, a sports area, community art space, and creative space focusing on the historical and cultural values of the Red River will be built in the riverbank area of Hoan Kiem District.

So many things to do!

However, professional agencies of the city claim that the park development on the alluvial islet of the Red River must align with the urban subdivision of the Red River, which mandates the comprehensive development of the alluvial land and both banks of the river in Hanoi.

Hoan Kiem District has organized a meeting with Ba Dinh, Tay Ho, and Long Bien districts, and they have all reached an agreement on a design proposal for the development of the park.

In the near future, the alluvial islet will be turned into a green space and possibly a park. Photo: Ngoc Tu/The Hanoi Times

Architect Pham Thanh Tung, chief secretary of the Vietnam Association of Architects, mentioned that it is a great concept. He believes that in the coming years, the alluvial land will transform into a beautiful green area, potentially even a park.

“What are the necessary elements for a multifunctional cultural park, and how will it be connected to the existing residential area?” he inquired, emphasizing that the implementation should carefully consider comprehensive plans in order to seamlessly integrate with the current transportation infrastructure and landscapes, rather than being developed as a separate entity.

When a suggestion was made to develop a park in the middle alluvium of the Red River, some analysts expressed concern that the project could potentially be a waste. They argued that it would be more beneficial to invest the funds into maximizing the utilization of the existing parks in the downtown area.

Construction of the 100-hectare Kim Quy Culture, Tourism and Entertainment Park in Dong Anh began in 2016 but hasn’t been completed; the 7.09-hectare Dong Da Park has been planned for 20 years, but land clearing hasn’t been completed. Hanoi authorities have promised to revive these parks by 2023.

Regarding the proposal to develop a park on the alluvial land of the Red River, improvements must be made to ensure compliance with two important master plans. The first is the master plan on dikes and flood prevention, and the second is the adjustment of the Capital Master Plan approved by the Prime Minister in 2011.