Things To Do in New Clark City
New Clark City is an upcoming community under development in Capas, Tarlac in the Phillipines. With an area of about 9450 hectares, it is expected to have a population of up to 1.2 million people. The city got its name from the decision to make it memorable to foreign investors. Although it is located in Tarlac and not in Pampanga, where the Clark Freeport Zone is located, New Clark City was named as such for marketing purposes, banking on Clark Freeport Zone’s popularity with investors. New Clark City is under management by the Bases Conversion Development Authority, which signed a 50 year contract to develop this land. While New Clark City is still under development, the first phase – the New Clark City Sports Complex – is reported to be 55% complete. It is scheduled to be finished by October 15 for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Below are the top New Clark City tourist spots and best places to visit today.
Let’s explore the best things to do in New Clark City:
The New Clark City Stadium is a modern sports complex now ready to use for athletes’ practice. The Stadium is located inside the vicinity of the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac. The 50-hectare Sports complex will be one of the venues of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and for the ASEAN Para Games this coming 2020 to be held in the Philippines. The New Clark City Stadium features a design derived from the volcano Mount Pinaturbo, which is located in the Zambales Mountains. True to its inspiration, the stadium will have its posts and façade made from volcanic debris from Mount Pinaturbo. The ringed roofline is being constructed to resemble a volcanic crater, while the main entrance will be adorned with glass frames. This unique Olympian stadium seats 20,100 and will host the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games. To finish the stadium in time for the Southeast Asian Games, some 4,000 employees are now working on it to make it happen.
2. New Clark City Aquatic Center
The New Clark City Aquatic Center is a 2000 seater wide open shed with a roof, made to imitate the parol, a Filipino Christmas lantern. The architects behind the Aquatic Center intended for it to be sheltered but still feature natural light. As such, the roof is made of a special fiberglass that is lightweight, durable and weather resistant. Additionally, stay around long enough to see the Aquatic Center in its full majesty, as this exquisite structure changes appearance from day to night. In the daytime, the roof resembles capiz windows seen in old Phillipine houses, while by night, the roof takes on a magical illumination that is reminiscent of a lit parol.
3. River Park
River Park Corridor is an upcoming park and leisure space for recreation. Spanning 1.4 kilometres (0.87 miles), it features jogging paths, bikeways, open amphitheatres, as well as designated public areas meant for people to engage in exercises such as yoga or zumba. The River Park, being situated in the centre of New Clark City, will also serve as a flood catchment basin. While your time away along the greens overlooking the calm waters of River Park as you watch the horizon and relax.
4. New Clark City Athletes Village
The New Clark City Athletes Village offers accommodation for athletes and officials participating in events held in New Clark City, as well as serving as a conference venue. It is expected to hold 525 rooms and will host the athletes and officials of the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games, as well as the 2020 ASEAN Para Games.
5. The Residences
The Residences at New Clark City is planned to offer housing to its some 1.12 million residents and 800,000 workers that will be residing in the city. As New Clark City is slated to be completed by October 15 in time for the country’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, the Residences is also expected to be finished soon, in order to move in some residents and start up the bustle of the city.