By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter

The urban jungle which is Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig just opened a new park for people who would want to bypass the traffic of the city by walking or cycling.

A new park in the urban jungle

Named the BGC Greenway park, the 1.6 kilometer linear park is touted by the Fort Bonifacio Development Corp. (FBDC), as the “longest urban park in the Metro [with] a length close to New York City’s The High Line,” according to a company press release.

“Even if we’re a central business district… [with] residential and retail developments. We always make sure that we give the community a sense of place [in] well-appointed open spaces and parks,” said Sean Luarca, marketing manager at FBDC, during the launch on Oct. 27.

The park is situated right behind the Manila Golf Club and stretches from the McKinley Parkway until the exit to Kalayaan Ave., said Ms. Luarca, and unlike other BGC parks such as Track 30th, which has a jogging path and a yoga and exercise lawn; Terra 28th, which features playground art installations; and Turf BGC with its artificial football turf; the main point of the Greenway is “connectivity” for those living inside the city.

A new park in the urban jungle

“‘BGCitizens’ living an active lifestyle will find BGC Greenway Park as a safe place to run/bike or walk the dog,” said the press release.

Aside from the Greenway Park, Ms. Luarca also revealed plans to extend the current one kilometer stretch of Bonifacio High Street next year with the addition of One Bonifacio High Street located at the block where the newly opened Shangri-La at the Fort is located.

While she failed to disclose how much space will be added to the retail/dining/residential strip upon the opening of the new block, she said that the area will soon house the Philippine Stock Exchange, a mall and the Suites, a luxury condominium by Ayala Land, all the while making sure that the central part of the strip will maintain its “green spaces” — the water features and grass.