The Manila local government announced the opening of a new- modern type pocket garden at the Manila City Hall grounds near the office of the Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila (DTCAM).
Manila Mayor Honey Lacunan-Pangan led the opening with Manila Vice Mayor John Marvin “Yul Servo” Nieto, City Administrator Bernie Ang and City Engineer Armand Andres.
According to the mayor, the enhancement of the periphery parks of the city hall is a project that is aimed at making these areas accessible to the general public, both visitors and those who are transacting official business.
Andres said the creation of the new park emanates from the vision of the mayor to develop bare open areas within the premises of city hall and make the area more appealing and cognizant to the image that the city is projecting.
“Granite floor tile finishes and various ornamental and endemic plants will decorate these open spaces to make the area more relaxing and an appropriate area for people to rest in. A cascading fountain and various lights will accentuate the area,” he said.
Among the features of the newly-opened pocket garden are its grass ground lawn, decorative landscaping plants and glass fiber and concrete pots, cascading type water fountain (illuminated), metal benches and solar type pole luminaires, Manila City Hall signage and free-standing logo, new enclosing steel gates and fences, glass railings for deck and stainless-steel ramp railings, customized feature lanterns and various type of luminaires for night time lighting, water supply for irrigation and construction of cistern tank, drainage system including provision of area drains, swale drains and trench drains with stainless steel cover and lighted step planting and walk over luminaires.
The garden measures 1,877 square meters and is located at the corner of Taft Avenue and Natividad Lopez Street.