Information about Parade Ground
Clark Parade Ground's previous name is Fort Stotensburg, named after Colonel John M. Stotsenburg. He is a captain of the 6th US Calvary who died in action while leading his regiment in a battle with Filipino revolutionaries in April 1899. His entrance pillars still stand here, too.
Today, Parade Ground serves as a park for families to enjoy. A newly rubberized jogging path that's 2.2 kilometers long was also built here. With this, fun runs and obstacle games are usually organized here. The park has updated amenities also like improved public restrooms and free internet wifi connectivity.
Parade Ground is located inside the massive Clark Air Base. It used to be a US military facility during World War II but is now under the management of the Philippine Air Force. Parade Ground is one of the most visited places in Clark Air Base, together with Salakot (native hat) Arch and four important markers near the iconic flagpole.
The Salakot Arch is a symbolic landmark of Philippines-United States friendship for years. It was originally built to symbolize the signing of the Republic of the Philippines and the United States Military Bases Agreement that happened during the Marcos administration.
The Death Place of Roxas Marker was built to honor former President Manuel A. Roxas. He died of a heart attack after delivering a speech in Kelly Theater inside Clark on April 15, 1948. Still situated on the Parade Ground is the 26th Cavalry Memorial which commemorates the heroic deeds of the 26th Cavalry Scouts and the US Army.
Another marker is the US Army Air Corps and Philippine Air Force Monument which symbolizes the partnerships between the two military camps. The last memorial marker is probably the most important of all - the one that commemorates the turnover of Clark Air Base from the US government to the Philippine government.
How to get there
Take a Victory Liner bus from Metro Manila to the Dau, Pampanga terminal. Take a jeepney from Dau to the Clark main gate. Take another jeepney to Clark Parade Ground.
Best time to visit
You can visit this tourist site in Clark, Pampanga anytime of the year.