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Bagong pasyalan! Isko Moreno inaugurates Arroceros Forest Park

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Missing wide, open spaces and being surrounded by trees? Head over to Arroceros Urban Forest Park to recharge.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on February 5 inaugurated the park that’s considered as the city’s “last lung.”

“Marami na kayong papasyalan na open green space and I do believe sa maliit kung kaalaman, ito’y makatutulong sa mental health issue na kinakaharap na hamon o challenges ng ating mga kababayan ngayon na tayong lahat ay sumasailalim sa pangamba ng pandemyang ito na pwedeng magdulot ng panganib sa buhay natin,” Moreno said.

The park’s redevelopment was one of the mayor’s priority projects. The 2.2-hectare property has more than 3,000 trees of 61 varieties and 8,000 ornamental plants.

After undergoing construction for six months, the Arroceros park now has fountains, elevated walkways, a coffee shop and play areas for children. There is also a space for calisthenics for senior citizens as the asphalt used is water-absorbent and has a rubber-like softness.

“Ang mga puno napangalagaan at maraming halaman at ‘yung iba pang mga bagay na pwedeng magamit ng ating mga lolo’t, lola. Masaya ako para sa inyo and you can bring your grandchildren, your family here,” Moreno said.