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Why And How Parklinks Will Be The Only Greenest Urban Estate In Metro Manila

Below are the images of the current and future mixed use developments by Megaworld, Rockwell and Robinsons Land along the C-5 corridor; Quezon City and Pasig City.

Eastwood by Megaworld
18.5 Hectares

Bridgetowne by Robinsons Land
30.6 Hectares

Arcovia by Megaworld
12.3 Hectares

The Grove by Rockwell
5.4 Hectares

Clusters of towering modern structures featuring the latest trends and technologies afforded urbanites an unparalleled level of comfort, convenience, and luxury, but living in this dense concrete jungle can also deprive one of lush greenery, wide-open spaces, and fresh air. Healthy living becomes more elusive with the lack of ample spaces for activities, unless more efforts are thrown towards balance and wellness. Favor the suburbs for an address and you’ll need to contend with time-consuming traffic going to and fro your offices, schools and other establishments and institutions.

Ayala Land Inc. is recognized for its efforts to incorporate the concept of environmental protection into its business operations and to impart the best environmental responsibility practices throughout its organization. The company was also cited for utilizing sustainable practices and initiatives that strengthen economic development, social equity and environmental protection.

- 4th Global Good Governance Awards Tweet

PARKLINKS MASTER PLAN

Located within Pasig City and Quezon City, Parklinks is a 35 hectare masterplanned development which will provide the residents, locators, and tenants easy access to parks and open spaces—considered a luxury in today’s urban setting. From an old steel mill turned into a sustainable mixed-use development with 50% all dedicated to open spaces. Four parks have been strategically placed throughout the estate so these will be a mere five-minute walk from residences, offices and commercial areas through a well-designed and managed walkway system.

Source: WATG

Metropolitan Manila is one of most densely populated regions in the world, so green space is rare. The Marikina River, which surrounds the site, is similarly undervalued; the region’s urban developments frequently turn their backs to the water rather than embrace it. Motivated to create the greenest urban estate in Metro Manila, Ayala Land and Eton Properties joined forces to turn this neglected and forgotten water corridor into an asset – a mixed-use development that combines urban residential, retail, entertainment and office properties with tranquil riverfront parks and public amenities. The goals are to attract residents and visitors in search of an active lifestyle close to nature, and to enhance the natural spaces and protect the land. In a tropical island environment where it rains six months out of the year, water management and control are also critical.

A mixed-use destination that balances the energy of the city with the tranquility and biodiversity of the locale while delivering strategies for the two to live in long term harmony.

  • 50% of the development is dedicated to parks and open spaces.
  • 4 interconnected parks form an integral part of the overall recreational offering as well as water management and flood control design.
  • A lively 3-hectare (7 acre) space called ‘Central Park’ forms the development’s heart.

The team of developers and WATG designers saw an opportunity to engage the river and elevate its value as a destination that offers a welcome respite from the city. At the core of the development, four extensive, interconnected parks become an integral part of the overall water management and flood control design – stabilizing the land while promoting and enhancing the site’s naturally biodiverse environment.

  • At the heart of the development, Central Park features sprawling lawns and gardens surrounded by ground-level retail and restaurants.
  • River Park Terraces form long linear parkways overlooking the river and include bike lanes, viewing terraces, an active plant nursery, café, and kids’ play area. The terraces also include a series of water management features such as retention ponds and water infiltration areas, which collect and hold rainwater runoff before slowly releasing it into the Marikina River.
  • The green space of the Riparian Gardens forms an ecological buffer between the River Park Terraces and the river – protecting, enhancing and promoting the natural landscape.
  • And as the primary public space where people can enjoy close proximity to the flowing water, River Esplanade fronts a portion of the river and is directly accessible to Ayala Land’s mixed-use development.

By prioritizing experiential and sustainable design strategies, there are long-term benefits for residents and visitors, as well as the environment. Open spaces stabilize the land, strengthen its relationship with water, and give breathing room to people and the buildings they inhabit. And from a financial perspective, the combination of thoughtfully-designed parks and open spaces generate a higher value in terms of user experience and enjoyment, thus bringing higher returns on the development’s saleable parcels and residential units.

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