By Alexander Villafania
QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA – There are many malls and department stores in Quezon City that offer kiddy playgrounds for a fee. This is because there are very few child-friendly parks in Quezon City.
Families, however, can go to the Quezon Memorial Circle Children’s Park, one of the many treasures in Quezon City that few people know about. The park has several swings, monkey bars, see-saws, and several activity sets that are typically used in private villages.
Unlike most public parks, these are well maintained as park grounds keepers always make rounds in the children’s park. In addition, this particular area always has guards on duty to ensure the safety and security of visitors.
Likewise, there are sitting areas with concrete tables to allow parents and guardians of children to relax while the kids play.
The good part here is that most of these sitting areas are under the shade of small trees, which blocks out the sun especially during hot days.
The park is always full during weekday afternoons when parents bring their children. However, weekends are always the busiest as Quezon City residents bring their entire families to relax under the shade while kids keep themselves busy with the activity sets.
What’s more, these activity sets are for free. Commercial children’s park activity centers, usually found in malls, charge a minimum of P50 for 30 minutes or P150 for two hours of use. The children’s park in Quezon Memorial Circle is a far cheaper and more environment-friendly park to visit.
The children’s park is one of the services offered by the Quezon Memorial Circle management. Among these include a bike and jogging lane (with bike rentals), a carnival and some commercial kiosks selling food and personal stuff, such as the Agri-Aqua Network International Herbal and Livelihood Center.
The Quezon Memorial Circle had been returned from disrepair in the last few years during the term of then-Mayor Feliciano Belmonte. The park returned to being a popular site in the last few years when two underground walkways were opened, giving people safe access to the Quezon Memorial Circle.
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