Philippine Daily Inquirer

For P33M, Manila eyes 2nd public skate park

- By Annelle Tayao-Juego

THE MANILA city government on Friday announced that it would build a new public skate park in Tondo, four months after a similar facility, a first in the city, was opened in Paco.

In a statement, Mayor Joseph Estrada said the 1,800-sqm, P33-million Vitas Skate Park would be the city’s second publicly funded skate plaza and would also be maintained by the local government.

The first park, the 1,700-sqm Manila Skate Plaza at Canonigo Sports Complex in Paco, was inaugurate­d in December 2015.

In an interview, engineer Henry Alcantara, assistant chief of the Office of the City Engineer’s design division, said the skate plaza’s contractor, MC Geometric Proportion­s Inc. (MCGPI), would try its best to have the new park’s main skating areas and wall-climbing facility ready for a “soft opening” before the May 9 elections.

Based on its website (mcgeometri­, MCGPI is a company based in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

The site for Vitas Skate Park used to be a children’s playground. The new facility will also feature a two-level building for house rehearsal and recording studios for musicians, as well as a dance studio. A mini amphitheat­er is also in the works.

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