The vision of a greener, refreshed city comes to life as Makati Commercial Estate Association (MaCEA) unveils the new landscapes of Legazpi Active Park and Washington SyCip Park. After seven months of reconstruction, two of the most iconic parks in the country’s premier business district have been transformed into spaces where nature and art converge.
The park redevelopment is part of MaCEA’s larger commitment to its greening projects and to improve pedestrian friendliness in Makati. Vibrant and relaxing, an assortment of Philippine trees has been preserved to provide a soothing green surrounding with fresh air. These include Narra, Bagras, Mahogany, Acacia and more. Sculptures by notable Filipino visual artist Impy Pilapil add an artistic charm to the scene.
Notable words of wisdom and motivation by Washington SyCip, the business icon whom the park was named after, provide inspirations to park goers. Other park features include a pond with koi, jogging paths, an amphitheater, clean restrooms, and pavilions where transients and office workers can relax and de-stress after a hectic day. Park entrances and exits were added to provide access along natural pedestrian paths.
“The redevelopment of the Legazpi Active Park and the Washington Sycip Park is part of our bigger initiative, which is to revitalize the Makati CBD. Along with the greening projects is the commitment to enhance walkability, upgrade infrastructures and sidewalks, as well as increase security features in Makati CBD,” says David L. Balangue, president and chairman of MaCEA.
As a primary mover of the city’s development, MaCEA is taking active steps with a set of redevelopment projects in store to keep the district resilient and relevant.
Together with the renewal of Legazpi Active Park and Washington SyCip Park, MaCEA has accomplished a long list of greening projects in order to provide its community and its guests a wider breathing space that can compliment the distinct Makati vibe. Some of their recent project included the installation of the green patios and the Amorsolo Greenwall, as well as the landscape improvements.
“A sense of community spirit in Makati is being strengthened with better venues for community events, art exhibits, and general public services such as dental and medical missions of Brgy. San Lorenzo ” adds architect William V. Coscolluela, vice president and chairman of Special Projects Committee of MaCEA.
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