Circuit Makati is probably the biggest development in the city of Makati and being pretty close to my office, I decided to drop by after work to see what’s in store. Here’s my quick tour on foot.
Circuit Makati is located at the northern end of Makati right on the banks of the Pasig River. It is also pretty close from the Financial District, just about a kilometer away from Makati Central Fire Station. It used to be a race track but now it is being developed into something like a miniature version of Bonifacio Global City (BGC). And as BGC has its Bonifacio High Street (BHS) running through the middle, Circuit Makati has Circuit Lane.
Like how BHS runs through the middle of BGC, so does Circuit Lane but instead of open greens, Circuit Lane have water running through it. It’s not running though like a river but more like a series of dams originating from the southern part of Circuit Lane eventually leading towards the river. I suspect that it’s part of the development’s drainage strategy as the area has been known in the past to be prone to flooding.
Construction is still ongoing all around Circuit Lane as of the moment but there are spaces all around for recreation. They even have a very nice football field here (called Gatorade-Chelsea FC Blue Pitch). Running and biking are two of the most popular activities I’ve seen here but there aren’t that many spaces to get around so you’d have to do loops if you want to have a long activity. Be warned though that the bikers in this area are purely recreational ones so they may not be aware of road etiquettes.
Overall, Circuit Makati looks like a promising development and a good addition to the city. But as it is now, I can’t recommend running here due to dust from construction sites, very limited space, and mosquitoes. On the other hand, if you hate shopping and dining in crowded malls, Circuit Lane should be great for you.