Govt compounds in Changsha transformed into public parks
Changsha's officials have found one more way to get closer with local residents – pulling down walls surrounding the government compounds.
The previously enclosed compounds have now been opened up to the public and available to use as community parks.
The capital in Central China's Hunan province launched a campaign in April 2015 to promote a greener environment for the city. The government soon realized that it could demolish the walls to its own compounds in order to "go green", and so hatched upon a plan to pull the walls down. The result has been more exposed green spaces for the public to use.
"We aim to provide more high quality public spaces for the benefit of the residents, as a part of our three-year plan for a green city," said Yi Lianhong, Party chief of Changsha.
The wall-demolishing project was first carried out among government agencies at district levels, with Changsha county government as one of them. Chen Shifeng, a county official, said that the county government compound was built in 1995 and covers nearly 130 mu (8.67 hectares) of green land and water area.
A picture of Changsha county government's compound which turns into a public park after the enclosing walls were taken down. [Photo by Li Junjie / chinanews.com]
Yang Yiwen, Party chief of Changsha county, said, "What we have pulled down is not only the enclosing walls of the government compound, but more like a heart wall hindering closeness between government and the people."
According to Yang, the initial proposal for the project encountered quite a lot resistance, not only from some officials who felt there would be no safety guarantees without the walls, but also some residents doubted the project as some sort of publicity stunt.
Now, as almost a year has passed since the walls came down, more and more residents are able to stroll at leisure in the "park", with its newly added flowers, plants and benches. In the meantime, there have been no disputes, public order problems or criminal cases, said Peng Shuigen, a public security official of the county.
At present, all county and district governments in Changsha have completed the wall demolishing program and opened compound facilities for public use.