Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

Salcedo Park is a 0.7-hectare urban community park in the Makati central business district. Right smack in the middle of a mixed residential and commercial zone, surrounded by several residential skyscrapers, the park is a welcome greenery amidst all the concrete in the city.

Formally known as the Jaime C. Velasquez Park, the pocket park has taken its nickname from the village it’s in (Salcedo Village). 

The park is the site of a popular weekend market called the Salcedo Community Market, which happens every Saturday. It is also the main venue of the bi-annual contemporary art fair called Art in the Park.

Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

Salcedo Park is one of several pockets of greenery located in the CBD. But what sets this one apart from the others is that it has a pretty sweet children’s playground, which makes it a perfect place for families to spend some quality time together. 

Not only is the playground a place where the children can expend their bubbly energy, it’s also a great spot for them to meet and make new friends. Aside from the playground, this park is also ideal for playing outdoor games such as soccer, frisbee, or badminton.

There is an abundance of flowering plants, as well as huge trees (primarily acacia trees), which provide a nice shade, so there’s no fear of getting sunburn. The park has trellised walkways, grassy lawn, and stone benches.

Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

The charming park is also a very safe place as there is a station for Bel-Air Village officers right next to it. 

If you’re a dog or cat lover, you’ll be thrilled to know that fur parents often walk their dogs here, while resident cats (who show up in the morning and late afternoon) are as playful and friendly.

Street parking is almost always available nearby.

Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

As a local resident, it’s always nice to know that there are places like Salcedo Park where we could go to catch some fresh air—like an oasis in the middle of a desert. For tourists, the park could be a nice little stop to catch a breather, spend some down time before heading off to their next destination in the city.

Salcedo Park is open every day, 6am to 10pm. However, with the ongoing pandemic, the park usually closes at 8pm.