The Agno River is the country’s fifth largest river system that traverses the provinces of Benguet and Pangasinan, including the City of San Carlos. The project’s goal is aimed toward the development of a vibrant and inclusive esplanade in the City of San Carlos, Pangasinan that will attract both locals and tourists. Located along the Agno River traversing the Bocboc Bridge, the existing site is an open area with stone riprap built merely for flood control measure.
The San Carlos Esplanade transforms this area into a tourist attraction with an esplanade design that traces the river’s flowing path and the riverside’s natural topography. The esplanade promotes safe and inclusive access throughout the area by means of the continuous pedestrian and bike network incorporated in the design. The meandering walkways throughout the esplanade aims to simulate the natural riverway. Situating these paths on varying elevations not only provide users with the best views of the river, but also ensure the area’s protection from fluctuating water levels. The design also integrates the natural vegetation in the area with riparian gardens along with cornfields that are locally abundant in the City.
The design showcases exciting amenities such as a viewing deck tower with zipline provision traversing the other side of the river, floating boardwalks with boating area, outdoor fitness and play area for kids, and activity lawn areas for outdoor events and performances.
This project provides locals with the space needed for various activities and celebrations especially during the month of May, when the City celebrates the River Festival. These innovative design features that maximize the views of the landscape and unites the dynamic character of land and water will aid the City in becoming a major tourism destination that will boost the City’s image and local economy.