Oct 10, 2012

A Visit to the Rizal Park Children's Playground

After the company family day at Manila Ocean Park, we decided to go to the Rizal Park for a picnic. Since the family day provided free packed lunch, the food that we brought with us was perfect for a picnic.  We choose to go to the Rizal Park Children's Playground.  It is just along Taft Ave. in Gen. Luna Street, near that big map of the Philippines. Entrance to the park is P10, starting at kids aged 2.

The park is clean and well-maintained. I have a vague recollection of this park.  I think my parents brought us here when we were kids because the dinosaurs are familiar.  If I remember correctly, we go to the park from the Jai Alai building because my parents loved that game. Sadly, the Jai Alai building is now gone.
But I am so happy that this park survived and was just recently restored.
The volunteer students from the UP College of Fine Arts did a fine job indeed!
While we were there, there are huge signs saying not to lie on the grass and there was a guard on a bike patrolling the park.
There are no-smoking and no-littering signs and the park really appears to be well maintained. Well, except that the restrooms can be improved because I saw that one sink was clogged and there was no water in the faucet.
There are lots of huge statues! From this giant elephant, to tree houses to dinosaurs!
To huge turtles, rhinos and more! And they look so colorful, not scary at all.
These are all perfect spots for photo ops but the kids were busy with slides, see-saw and other stuff.
Can you see the LRT railway on this picture?
Look at those lovely dinosaurs!
And this giant shoe looks clean and well maintained.  I can still remember it being so dirty and reeking of urine!  Good thing they now charge a modest entrance fee.
An adorable rhino! Its a favorite photo spot too.
And there are table and chairs too, but I dont know if there is a fee for using them because ours was free but those are concrete table and chairs and not plastic shairs.
The fountain at the middle of the park.

The favorite slide! 4 of the kids here are my kids and niece and nephew, ha ha.
We call this guya in Batangas.  Its a small carabao.
And a camel wandered here too!
A breastfeeding carabao! How nice!
And if the these are any indication, the National Parks and Development Committee is doing a wonderful job because they put that priceless smiles on their faces.

(Oh, they are not smiling because I took this picture after I told them its time to leave!).  But no worries, we will come back soon and stay a bit longer :)

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