Open Spaces in BGC for When You Really Need to Go Out
Don't forget to wear your face mask!
(SPOT.ph) Research shows that COVID-19 can linger in closed spaces, especially in cafés, restaurants, and offices with air-conditioning. While staying home is still the safest option to avoid getting infected by the coronavirus, staying in open spaces where you can get some sunlight and stretch your legs could also be beneficial for your well-being—of course, while keeping your distance from people. Just make sure to abide by curfew rules, wear your face mask (and even a face shield), and bring a bottle (or more) of alcohol for quick sanitizing if you can't wash your hands.
You can go to these parks in Bonifacio Global City for some brisk walking or a quick, no-equipment workout:
BGC Greenway Park
The longest linear park in Metro Manila, BGC Greenway Park along McKinley Road spans a 1.5-kilometer foot path flanked by grass and endemic trees. Dubbed "the longest urban park" in Metro Manila, it was launched in 2017 and has since been a favorite spot among joggers. It is open daily to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Surrounded by busy restaurants and towering buildings, Burgos Park is almost like an oasis on the island of a traffic roundabout called Burgos Circle. It has a tree-like art installation at the center, aptly called "The Trees", that's surrounded with, well, actual trees. The park is dog-friendly so you may want to take your furbabies out there for a much-needed walk.
Terra 28th is where you'll find a children's playground alongside works by local artists through brightly colored sculptures and public art installations. Don't miss Rico Lascano's "Color Me Chameleon," a scultpture featuring wooden blocks on its surface, which you can turn to change its colors.
Track 30th has everything you need for a running session: a 300-meter paved path, an exercise lawn for warming up and cooling down, and a meditation garden. It's home to Telephone Poles, an art installation by B+C Design with Baby Imperial and Coco Anne (2012), which is described on the Art BGC website as an "relocated and recycled urban element [that] creates a wave of alternative visual and physical relationships."
JY Campos Park
JY Campos Park is behind The Mind Museum, making it pretty secluded from BGC's busier roads. It has a semi-circular bench surrounded by greens, making it a good spot for winding down or for taking a leisurely walk.
Bonifacio High Street
Bonifacio High Street's one-kilometer strip is not just a place where you can shop and dine. It’s also a great outdoor hangout spot where you can take photos of Reg Yuson's public art installations. Check out "Hearsay," a bright green, tentacle-like pipes that can be used to send sound from one end to another—you'd often see it surrounded by kids; and "Specific Gravity," an imaginatively designed water feature composed of a boulder suspended in mid-air, with metal beams holding it aloft.
BGC is filled with pocket parks in the most surprising places. Kasalikasan, a play on the phrase "kasali ka sa kalikasan," is a pocket garden at De Jesus Oval, near 25th Street and 3rd Avenue. It features the a mandala-inspired outdoor installation by Jerusalino V. Araos.