Mayor Marcy Leads Groundbreaking Ceremony for Linear Park
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Mayor Marcy Teodoro led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Tumana-Malanday Creekside Linear Park in Marikina. The multi-million peso project is expected to benefit more than 10,000 residents in the area.
Mayor Marcy thanked Sun Life Foundation, which funded the project, and its partners ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. (ALKFI), Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) and the Arco Group for supporting the construction of the linear park.
The development of the park along the creek known as Palay Creek, covering Farmers 1 to Singkamas, is one of Mayor Marcy’s pet projects for Tumana. He also plans to put up a police outpost and street lights along the linear park to make it safer, especially at night. A bigger and wider bridge will also be constructed to replace the old one, while the creek will be dredged to ease flooding during the typhoon season.
“Magbabago ang ayos ng lugar na ito. At sa pagbabagong ito ay magbabago rin ang ating buhay,” Mayor Marcy said in a short speech during the ceremony. (This project will change this place. And when that happens, our lives will also change.)
A few weeks before the groundbreaking for the linear park, Mayor Marcy also opened the newly-constructed footbridge connecting Concepcion Integrated School and Tumana on Valentine’s Day. The footbridge will help CIS students residing in Tumana to avoid passing through the busy streets of JP Rizal and Farmers 1, making it safer for them to go to and from the school.
Parks as Breathing Spaces
Mayor Marcy said parks and other open spaces are important especially in places like Tumana where houses are built just enough to accommodate the family. Parks will give residents the breathing spaces that they need so that they can de-stress, take a break from life’s challenges, and relax even for just a while.
“Karamihan ng mga bahay dito ay maliliit. Kaya mahalaga ang parke para doon tayo magkita-kita,” said Mayor Marcy. (Most of the houses here are small. That is why parks are important so that we will have a place where we can meet up)
“With the construction of the linear park, we will be able to provide space where the residents can interact," he added.
The park will also give children a place where they can play games safely without their parents worrying about vehicles that are passing by.
Aside from the construction of the 700-meter linear park, the rehabilitation of the creek will also include information campaigns among residents on solid waste management, training communities near the creek to maintain cleanliness, providing livelihood, among others.
This is the first project of ALKFI in Marikina and Jen Santos, program director of ALKFI-Bantay Kalikasan, hopes there will be more that will follow.
Aside from Mayor Marcy and Ms. Santos, also present during the groundbreaking ceremony were Jose Antonio Goitia, executive director of PRRC; Tin Millete, executive director, Sun Life Foundation; and the residents of Tumana, including community leaders, who all hailed and cheered the project.
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