The Bicentennial Park is a scenic and vast picnic ground and recreation area found within the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, 99 kilometers north of Manila. It is located along Jose Abad Santos Avenue, near Fort Stotsenburg.
Families and friends can enjoy outdoor activities at the park’s expansive lands and environmental-friendly surroundings. Both the young and the old can also have some fun at the playground and other facilities.
The Bicentennial Park was built in commemoration of the bicentenary of the United States of America. Culminated in July 4, 1976, it was a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which led to the creation of the US as an independent republic.
The country was under American occupation for decades until the world superpower formally recognized the independence of the Philippines on July 4, 1946.
The park is located within the Clark Freeport Zone, which has since become an economic zone from being a US military air base—the largest one outside the United States post World War II.
Completed in 2003, the Bicentennial Park is among the last remnants of the American military occupation at the Clark Air Base before the US government turned over the base to the Philippine government in 1991.
The Bicentennial Park is a favorite place for nature lovers, picnic goers or those who just want to hang out as the area is lined with century-old acacia trees and lush greeneries.
Because of its scenic surroundings, the park is also a suitable venue for relaxation, photoshoots, themed parties and social gatherings. Setting up tents is also allowed here.
For kids and kids-at-heart, there is a play area that has swings, slides, see-saws, monkey bars, among others. A basketball court is also put in place. If the weather is nice, kites can be flown here.
There is also a man-made lagoon for those who want to try fishing. Fishing gears are available in the area.
This place is also for health buffs who want to stay fit through yoga and zumba. The public can also jog, ride bicycles and do fitness routines at the park’s grounds.