Alaminos City in Pangasinan has recently opened a new attraction that will surely delight nature enthusiasts and environmental advocates alike. The Mangrove Park in Barangay Bued now features a 448-meter long boardwalk that overlooks the Hundred Islands National Park, offering visitors a leisurely stroll through the mangrove area while enjoying the sea breeze.
Aside from being a beautiful tourist destination, the boardwalk aims to raise awareness of the significance of mangroves and wildlife. According to Miguel Sison, the city tourism officer, mangroves are essential habitats for marine life, providing a place for them to lay their eggs. The boardwalk project also seeks to increase awareness of the significant contribution of mangroves to the ocean. As such, environmental advocates and science classes are encouraged to participate in the mangrove planting activity in the city. The objective is to create a mangrove forest in the park, further enhancing its natural beauty and ecological importance.
In addition to the boardwalk, the Mangrove Park also has a function hall available for rental, making it an ideal reception venue for weddings and other occasions. However, visitors are reminded to manage their garbage properly and not to litter or vandalize in the park. An environmental fee of PHP10 per visitor has been approved through an ordinance to help fund the park’s maintenance.
The boardwalk project was made possible through funding from the city government and prizes won in various contests. The boardwalk is made of concrete that goes through the mangrove area, offering visitors a unique perspective of the city’s natural beauty. The park also offers bird watching and glimpses of crabs and fishes during high tide, further adding to its allure.