Before all this maddening rain began, Elon and I had the chance to spend a sunny Monday morning at Jaime C. Velasquez Park. More popularly known as Salcedo Park, it is one of the more well-maintained outdoor parks I’ve been to. It has pretty spacious grounds and a big playground area.
I think one of the key selling points of the park are the coffee shops scattered nearby: The nearest being Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Starbucks. I mean, you KNOW mama needs her caffeine! So you can sit on one of the benches, sipping your java, as you watch your little angel play peacefully with other children.
LOL just kidding. You probably won’t be sitting down, but at least you have coffee to keep you sane, right?
If you’re okay with walking a little, Wildflour Cafe + Bakery as well as Toby’s Estate are on Leviste street as well. I’m usually so desperate for coffee though that i’d probably take 3-in-1 from a JolliJeep if there was one nearby.
Okay so back to the playground – it’s big enough to keep your little critter occupied for a while, with lots of climbing apparatuses, including a pole! And yes, I have done a couple of tricks on it. But no, there are no photos. I am just glad my son is still too young to feel embarrassed by his mother, hahaha.
My favorite part would be the one and only swing that’s pretty safe for tiny toddlers. It’s pliable so it follows the shape of my little guy’s bum-bum and cradles him pretty snugly. He enjoys it very much, as you can see.
The area is maintained pretty well, and even the restrooms are decent. You have to pay 5 pesos to use it though, and there’s no hand soap or toilet paper, but hey, full bladders can’t be choosers! I’m just glad there are no shoe prints on the toilet bowl. And they clean it after every use so that’s always a plus!
Here’s the downside: There are no dogs allowed in the park, and there is no ball play allowed. I’m assuming they banned the pets early on when owners weren’t cleaning up after them, but I don’t understand the ball play ban. It literally has more than enough space for a little game of catch. I do wish they allowed it in the open space, but it’s not a deal breaker for me.
On Saturday mornings, the Salcedo Market is set up in the parking lot beside it. It has great food choices and fresh produce, so if you feel like having an interesting breakfast while the little guys run around and play, then this is your place! All in all, the park is nice and convenient enough to be our regular go-to when we’re feeling a little cooped up and need some extra sunshine and fresh(ish) air. It’s also a good area for an afternoon jog, a great relaxing spot for the family, and a lot of food choices nearby to end your day with.
Address: Jaime C. Velasquez Park, between LP Leviste and Tordesillas street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Operating Hours: 6am – 10pm (apparently, dubious things used to happen here at night so they started closing it early. This is why we can’t have nice things!) On Fridays the park closes at 5 pm to make way for the Saturday Market.
Parking: Street parking is allowed until 5 pm on weekdays. You can park along Leviste street, although Tordesillas usually has more space.
Rating: 3 / 5 poopy diapers (Because no dogs and no balls!)