MMDA inaugurates new linear park in San Juan

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on Tuesday inaugurated the newly rehabilitated El Polvorin Linear Park and turned it over to the San Juan City local government.

The MMDA developed the facility, located at the San Juan Elementary School, as part of its Adopt-a-Park Project.

The El Polvorin Linear Park was built to honor the martyrs of the Himagsikan sa San Juan del Monte who valiantly fought with their bolos and machetes against the better armed Spaniards on August 30, 1896.

Their uprising helped ignite the Philippine revolution that led to the country’s independence.

MMDA Acting Chairman Carlo Dimayuga III said the project was part of the agency’s push for urban renewal.

“We hope to develop or rehabilitate existing open spaces into functional green parks and recreation areas in partnership with each LGU of Metro Manila to further strengthen initiatives on urban renewal,” Dimayuga said.

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, who was also present at the inauguration, thanked the MMDA for the project.

“I thank MMDA for funding the linear park. I want San Juan to be known for its historical significance,” Zamora said.

The revitalized park has fountains, koi ponds, greenwalls, and landscaped-sitting areas.

Under the MMDA’s Adopt-A-Park project, local governments would identify the location and propose the design and cost estimate of the project, while the MMDA would set the criteria for site selection, provide the funding, and implement the construction.

Meanwhile, Dimayuga also joined the commemoration of the 126th anniversary of the Battle of San Juan del Monte, otherwise known as the Battle of Pinaglabanan, at the Pinaglabanan Shrine.

Officials held flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at the venue.