As I mentioned earlier, grass is something that we actively search for. We tried the park at the Ayala Triangle, which is great. But, it is impossible to get to on weekdays because of the traffic.
We tried the PhilSports Arena (formerly Ultra) to see if the kids will like it. I thought that they could run around the track. I didn’t expect that there was a large expanse of grass right in the middle.
It was clean — no trash, cigarette butts, or pet poop, and it was pretty big. Definitely enough space to run around. I don’t think you can whip out a blanket and have a picnic, but it’s perfect for little kids with lots of energy.
There are sand pits that are used for the long jumps. I did track and field when I was high school so I taught the kids a few tricks.
There are lanes designated for casual runners so the athletes aren’t disturbed. Parking is a bit difficult because there aren’t a lot of spaces available.
But, those are small inconveniences to bear. In exchange, you get to see professional athletes train. There’s something about seeing all those jerseys emblazoned with the word “Philippines” that makes you want to run harder. The kids were in awe watching them train. Feeling inspired, H copied them too. Look at his form!
Philsports Arena is located at Capt. Henry P. Javier, Pasig, Metro Manila. The track is open to the public for a small fee. Php35 pesos for adults, while kids get in for free.