Saturday, October 22, 2016

Mayor Rosal opens new park at Legazpi City's Southern Boulevard
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 21 (PNA) -- A fully landscaped park, that has just been launched by the Legazpi City government, promises to be the newest attraction in the Southern Boulevard here, a seaside road network that is one of the city’s major tourist attractions.

Mayor Noel Rosal, who led the opening ceremonies on Thursday for the newly constructed park, said it will serve as an additional tourism infrastructure at the boulevard.

Extending from the city’s central business district and port area to the southern villages, the eight-kilometer boulevard is a favorite venue for biking, jogging or walking.

The park, which is sitting on a 1,000-square meter space adjacent to the bridge area and Bureau of Fire facility, is located in Barangay Dapdap, one of the southern villages.

Rosal said the park is part of the beautification program for Southern Boulevard where an international passenger cruise ship terminal will also be built.

He said the city is “fine tuning the final program” for the terminal,” a multi-billion facility under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme.

Rosal said the park is just in its initial phase as only 25 percent of the P5-million park project has been completed.

Now furnished with street furnitures such as tables and benches and installed with decorative lights, he said the park is expected to “add beauty to the boulevard especially during night time.”

He added a 200-linear meter road was also constructed at the side of the park for the promenaders.

Rosal said his administration through the Department of Public Works and Highways, has an ongoing construction of another 2.7-km road to serve as the northern boulevard from the coastal road of the villages of San Roque, Baybay, Sabang and Pigcale.

“It is designed to protect the lives and properties of the residents from the impact of storm surges during typhoons,” he said. (PNA) LAP/GVR/EPS/RSM