Iloilo City Government PIO
CALLE Real in Iloilo City is envisioned to become a public park for pedestrians and bikers starting December 14, 2013 to explore the viability of a pedestrianized downtown core.
The three-month experiment proposal, introduced by city councilor Jason Gonzales, will temporarily close the street junctions from JM Basa and Arroyo to JM Basa and Mapa every Saturday 5 p.m. to Sunday 11:59 p.m.
The City Council has referred the proposal to the committees on tourism and transportation.
Gonzales said the plan would explore the viability of a vision set forth in the 2011-2020 Iloilo Comprehensive Land Use Plan (Clup) in consonance with plans of the city for the revitalization of the central business district and restoration of heritage structures along the street.
He said the Calle Real can compete with international cities with its “walkable street” dotted with heritage structures.
Pedestrianization has to be prioritized as well for physical fitness by opening a new public park for walking and site seeing.
The no smoking new public park will be augmented by a night market in the future, Gonzales added.
At present, 10 heritage structures were already restored along JM Basa Street. A walking tour at night will showcase its tourism and cultural heritage revival.