Now that Metro Manila is under general community quarantine, residents can now enjoy some liberties, such as enjoying a walk, jog or bike in a park—as long as physical distancing and wearing of face masks are strictly adhered to.

There are many beautiful parks in the city. For example, there’s Rizal Park, the main lungs of Manila City, that spills over to the long bay strip area along Roxas Boulevard. But getting there is a problem, particularly if you live far North, as city transportation is nearly next to nothing under GCQ.

If you live far North like in Valenzuela City or Caloocan City, there are now new parks for you to go to and enjoy. 

The Valenzuela Family Park sits on more than a hectare land and is located in Barangay Karuhatan.

The city’s greenest project to date, the park has close to a hundred century-old trees. It boasts of a nature-centered open space that is free to the public. It has its own playground, interactive fountain, aviary, fitness machines, food park, clean restrooms, and amphitheater.

The objective behind the establishment of the park according to Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian is for families in Valenzuela to have a place to go to where they can enjoy picnics and strolls and experience the cool breeze.

The more than 100 century-old trees dotting the area were not cut when the park was developed, he said. They now provide shade and relief to visitors at the park.

The vision when the park was developed was for the city to have “lungs,” according to Gatchalian.

“For this park, our vision for the city is to have ‘lungs’ because you know Valenzuela is an industrial city. We need these open spaces to allow the city to breathe,” said Gatchalian. 

The park boasts of full-time security, CCTV monitoring and maintenance, safety and orderliness round the clock. It is also pet-friendly, bike-friendly, and PWD accessible.

Following Valenzuela City’s move, Caloocan City also opened its very own People’s Park.

Caloocan City’s 6,100-square meter People’s Park is located in Barangay 103, between 8th Street and 9th Street. 

The park features exercise equipment, a playground, a jogging path, parking slots, toilets, and snack stalls. It is surrounded by trees and could serve as a quick nature escape for the residents of the city. It also features a musical fountain.

The first-ever park in Caloocan will serve as a place for relaxation and recreation, according to Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan.