Skatepark to Rise in Baler, More Social Spaces Also Emerge in Cities

A skatepark will soon rise in Baler, Aurora, as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) gears up for the amenity construction, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) reported.

The leisure amenity will be built on a 6,561.10-square meter property located in Barangay Calabuanan. The main skating area will feature different obstacles for beginners, intermediate, and professional skateboarders. 

The Taga Baler Skateboarding Community (TBSC) is expected to benefit from the skatepark. Renzo Mark Feliciano, a member of the group, won a silver medal in the Men’s Street Skateboarding competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games held in the country last 2019.

Skateparks in PH

According to Aurora District Engineer Roderick Andal, the venue can be used not only for recreational sports but also for national skateboarding competitions.

On top of the skating area, the project will have a common park, a grandstand that features 400 seats, an administrative office and view deck, and a spacious parking area.

To facilitate convenience for park-goers, the skatepark will have its own sound systems, water supply, standby power supply, athlete lockers, and public toilets. Likewise, it will be equipped with security cameras. The total cost of the skatepark project is P37.97 million.

In recent years, several skateparks have been built, renovated, and launched to the public. 

In 2020, then-Mayor Isko Moreno gave a sneak peek of the refurbished Vitas Skate Park in Tondo, as Philstar reported.

The 1,800-square-meter facility started renovation in 2016. It’s the second skatepark in the capital city, the first one being Manila Skate Plaza in Paco, which was constructed in 2015.

Meanwhile, in 2019, the DPWH completed the construction of a skatepark in Tagaytay City, as mentioned in this Manila Bulletin report. It was used in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, and it will serve as a venue for future sports events. Similarly, it’s a recreational space for hobbyists in the area.

The department said that infrastructure development not only involves constructing roads, but also developments for pedestrians, exercises, and quality of life.

More Parks in Cities

Aside from skateparks, different cities in the country are allocating more spaces for green areas. Urban experts discussed anew the need for these community amenities in the city as people seek open-air spaces to alleviate cabin fever.

Last March, Quezon City was reported to build an urban biodiversity park, as mentioned in this Philippine News Agency (PNA) report. The local government signed an agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) and DENR-National Capital Region, and Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) for the project.

Under the Urban Biodiversity Program (UBP), Madison Park, located in New Manila, Quezon City, will be developed and managed sustainably. It will be called Gabay Kalikasan Park.

DENR said that they are prioritizing improvement of urban ecosystems to create a quality and livable environment for urban dwellers. 

Meanwhile, the Manila city government opened a new park in Escolta in June, Philstar reported. The new Yuchengco Park has a view of the Pasig River, as well as iconic landmarks, such as the Jones Bridge and the Manila Central Post Office.

The park features 24 flowering trees, 28 lamp posts, 16 light bollards, 14 plant boxes and eight plant wells, according to the city’s public information office.

Property Seekers’ Choice of Community Amenities

Lamudi found that as the country eases into the new normal, there was stronger interest in recreational amenities that promote social interaction and active lifestyle. The return to office and school, which came with adjustment challenges, compelled many to find social support made available in social spaces. 

In the Property Seeker Trends 2H2021 report, the real estate platform found that fitness amenities, such as swimming pools and gyms, attracted a significant share of leads in the second half of 2021. 

Real estate industry experts foresee that the abundance of amenities in communities, especially residential, will be default moving past the pandemic. This is partly driven by the prolonged travel break and flexible work arrangements. Property seekers look for homes that enable them to do and experience more even with mobility and travel restrictions.

This post-pandemic trend will be among the key topics to be discussed in the highly-anticipated The Outlook 2022: Philippine Real Estate Conference by Lamudi. The Home as a Relaxation Destination is among the featured panel tracks to be graced by prominent real estate personalities. The conference will be held on August 31.

To know more about the in-person event, visit this page.

Sources: PIA, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, PNA

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