The HCM City People's Committee is giving priority to building 10 amusement parks and three cultural centres for children this year.

A centre each will be built in Tan Phu, Hoc Mon and Binh Chanh districts this year while the amusement parks will be completed next year. Work on all of them will begin this year.

The 10 will be modelled on the Khanh Hoi Children's Entertainment Area in district 4, a free, 13,000sq.m facility that attracts 1,500-2,000 children every day.

One each will be built in the Can Thanh Town Park in Can Gio district, Phu Lam Park in district 6, Le Thi Rieng Park in district 10, the Youth Activity Centre in Nha Be district, the Binh Chanh Commune Cultural Park in Binh Chanh district, with the districts funding them.

The City Department of Transport will build four others at Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap district and Tao Dan Park, 23/9 Park, and Le Van Tam Park in district 1.

The city Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs will build the last one at the Youth Education and Vocational Training Centre.

The People's Committee has also ordered construction of the Rach Chiec Physical Training and Sport Complex, the City Museum , the symphony and opera theatre, and the City Circus in the Thu Thiem New Urban Area in district 2.

Around 1.7 million children aged below 16 live in the city but there are few amusement and entertainment venues for them./.