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Makati’s Legazpi and Washington SyCip parks unveiled after reconstruction

Two small parks in Makati City are valiantly fighting the good fight to bring much-needed oxygen and open spaces into this choked, overcrowded metropolis.

Unveiled this weekend after a seven-month reconstruction were the Legazpi Active Park and the Washington SyCip Park, which both occupy a small space between Gamboa and Legazpi Streets in Legazpi Village. The parks are separated from each other by Rada Street.

According to a statement by the Makati Commercial Estate Association (MaCEA), narra, bagras, mahogany and acacia trees populate the parks.

Washington SyCip Park, created in 2006 in honor of the business magnate who passed away last Oitober, is the larger of the two parks. Its distinctive features include sculptures by Impy Pilapil, a pond, an amphitheater, pavilions, restrooms, and a Japanese garden.

"The redevelopment of the Legazpi Active Park and the Washington Sycip Park is part of our bigger initiative, which is to revitalize the Makati CBD [central business district]," said MaCEA president David Balangue. "Along with the greening projects is the commitment to enhance walkability, upgrade infrastructures and sidewalks, as well as increase security features in Makati CBD." — BM, GMA News