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Makati Park and Garden
The riverfront park on J.P. Rizal Avenue
Map
TypeUrban park
LocationTaguig, Philippines
Area3.5433 hectares (35,433 m2)
Created2001
Operated byParks and Green Division
Department of Environmental Services
City Government of Makati
StatusOpened

The Makati Park and Garden, sometimes called Fort Bonifacio Riverside Park and Liwasang Bonifacio (transl. Bonifacio Park) by local residents,[1][2] is an urban riverfront park along the south bank of the Pasig River in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines. It has an area of 35,433 square meters (381,400 sq ft).[3] Previously part of Makati until the aftermath of the Makati–Taguig boundary dispute, the park is under the management of the Parks and Green Division of Makati's Department of Environmental Services. It was created in 2001 as part of the Linear Parks Project of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission.[1]

Description

Makati Aqua Sports Arena

The Makati Park and Garden is located in barangays West Rembo and Cembo, just east of Guadalupe Nuevo and north of Bonifacio Global City. It is bordered by J.P. Rizal Avenue to the south, the Makati Aqua Sports Arena to the east, and the Rizal Riverwalk and Lawton Avenue to the west. The University of Makati main campus, Fort Bonifacio Elementary and High School, the Ermita de San Nicolas de Tolentino and Makati City Jail are located just across the street from the park. The park is one of 25 Pasig riverside parks in Metro Manila developed by Financial Building Corporation in 2001 under contract from the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission.[4] It is also a bird sanctuary and one of five plant nurseries in Makati.[5]

A prominent feature of the park is the monument to Andrés Bonifacio located on the western side near the parking area.[6] The monument, designed by Filipino sculptor Juan Sajid Imao, son of National Artist Abdulmari Imao, was erected in 1997 to commemorate Bonifacio's death centennial.[7] The park also features a small lake, fountains, a man-made waterfall, an aviary, amphiteater, pavilion, and gazebos, including a floating octagonal gazebo.[2][8] The park's Artist Pavilion serves as a function hall and is a favorite venue for social activities and receptions such as wedding and birthdays.[9] A pedestrian trail known as the Rizal Riverwalk extends along the Pasig River for approximately 1 kilometer (0.62 mi) from the Makati Park and Garden to the Guadalupe Ferry Station near EDSA. The Makati Aqua Sports Arena is a popular recreational facility located on the park's eastern side. It contains two swimming pools, one of which is Olympic-sized, built in 2006 at a cost of ₱12 million.[10] The arena is open from Tuesdays to Sundays and charges an entrance fee.[11] The Makati Park also charges fees for use of the Artist Pavilion.[9]

In November 2017, the Bonifacio monument at the park was dismantled by the Department of Public Works and Highways to make way for the construction of Santa Monica–Lawton Bridge, which would link Bonifacio Global City with Ortigas Center.[7]

In 2022, the Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled that Makati should stop exercising jurisdiction over West Rembo and Cembo, where the Makati Park and Garden is located, effectively placing the park in Taguig.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b "25 parks to rise along Pasig riverbanks". Philippine Headline News Online. September 15, 2001. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Pangilinan, R.M. (May 24, 2013). "IMAGES: Does Makati have a soul?". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Environmental Management" (PDF). Makati City Government. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Philippines: Pasig River Environmental Management and Rehabilitation Sector Development Program" (PDF). Asian Development Bank. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "Environment" (PDF). Makati City Government. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "100-Peso Adventure: Makati Park & Garden & Pasig River". Jovialwanderer.com. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Sembrano, E.A.M. (November 20, 2017). "DPWH topples Bonifacio centennial monument in Makati". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "Makati Park and Garden". Makati Park and Garden. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "City Ordinance No. 2003-070" (PDF). Makati City Government. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "City Ordinance No. 2006-010" (PDF). Makati City Government. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  11. ^ Valenzuela, A. (March 27, 2013). "STAYCATION: Sun, fun, and a swimming pool in the city". Interaksyon. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  12. ^ "SC affirms RTC ruling for Taguig City in territorial dispute with Makati City". Manila Bulletin. April 27, 2022. Retrieved May 1, 2022.