Open Spaces in Makati to Visit If You've Been Cooped Up for Too Long

Just don't forget to wear a face mask!

(SPOT.ph) Physical distancing is one of the recommended safety measures in our global fight against COVID-19. The World Health Organization advises to keep a distance of at least one meter from each other and to avoid spending time in crowded indoor spaces. Staying home is the still best option; but if you really have to go out, get some sunlight, and stretch your legs, then your best bet is an open space. Just remember to always maintain your distance, abide by the new curfew rules, and wear a face mask!

Also read:
The Urban Insider's Guide to Poblacion, Makati City
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You can go to these parks in Makati for some brisk walking or a quick, no-equipment workout:

Ayala Triangle Gardens

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Located amid skyscrapers bordered by Paseo de Roxas, Makati, and Ayala avenues, the Ayala Triangle Gardens is a 20,000-square-meter spot of towering trees, green grass, and rows of restaurants that make the space a family hangout especially on weekends. It is well known for the spectacular lights-and-sounds show that runs for a month every Christmas season. The Ayala Triangle Gardens is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Legazpi Active Park

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The Legazpi Active Park in Barangay San Lorenzo features jogging pathways that are perfect for fitness enthusiasts, grassy spaces that are often used for yoga and frisbee games, and a playground that kids can't get enough of. It's also popular for the Legazpi Sunday Market, which showcases fresh produce and local items from different parts of the Philippines. Legazpi Active Park, as well as Washington Sycip Park and Jaime Velasquez Park, adjusted their closing hours to 8 p.m. starting on March 14.

Makati Poblacion Park

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If you see the huge Poblacion sign in downtown Makati, then you've passed by the Makati Poblacion Park. This riverside park in Barangay Poblacion is operated by the local government and features an ampitheater and children's playground where Makati's youth would usually gather pre-quarantine. The boulevard, which stretches from the covered court along Zamora Street to the Poblacion Fire Sub-Station, make for a good spot for jogging, running, and cycling.

Washington SyCip Park

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The Washington SyCip Park, which is named after Filipino accountant Washington SyCip, is a bit more relaxed compared to neighboring Legazpi Active Park. You can find Filipino-made sculptures, such as giant urns and stone turtles created by Impy Pilapil, tucked behind indigenous plants and trees. There's also a gazebo and a koi pond for when you just want to wind down.

Jaime C. Velasquez Park

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Every March, the Jaime C. Velasquez Park (a.k.a. Salcedo Park) transforms into an outdoor gallery that Art in the Park calls home. But on most days, it's visited by residents of nearby residential spaces because of its grassy lawn, stone benches, children's playground, and walkways for brisk walking or jogging. It's also been the home of Salcedo Weekend Market since 2005, a popular Saturday destination where you can find sellers for gourmet eats, organic fruits and vegetables, and more.

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