BACOLOD City – The Bacolod Esplanade, the first of its kind in this city, will now be open to public later today, said Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The P37-million esplanade project that will serve as venue for recreational and fitness activities will be turned over to the city government in an inauguration ceremony at 7 p.m.
“The project is dual purpose. It will serve as protection of the riverbanks from possible erosion as well as a good venue for the recreation, social and fitness activities of the Bacoleños and tourists,” said DPWH district engineer Abraham Villareal.
Villareal noted the esplanade is part of the construction of 440.0-lineal meter revetment wall with floodwall along Lupit River in Bacolod City, including improvement of riverbanks.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia meanwhile invited the public to witness the esplanade’s inauguration as they will also switch on the lights after the event.
Recently, Leonardia requested city council members to pass an ordinance protecting and maintaining the multi-million project.
“We are thankful to Cong. Greg Gasataya for initiating the esplanade as the esplanade shall definitely become a landmark and a prime tourist attraction of the city.”
The project, amounting to P37.201 million, involves construction of 4,785-cubic meter rubble concrete structure (one side of the river) with the height of 9.0 lineal meters. The project also includes installation of concrete paving blocks, steel railings and lamp posts./PN