ILOILO CITY: A children’s playground will soon rise at the 2,500 square meter public land formerly encroached by Marina Restaurant along the Senator Benigno Aquino III Avenue popularly known as the diversion road. City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog suggested to transform the area into a children’s playground as an expansion of the Esplanade II as the Department of Public Works and Highways is currently finishing Esplanade II and slope protection works along the Iloilo River amounting to P33.9 million. Public Works Reg. Dir. Eduardo Tayao assured the city mayor of the children’s playground project inclusion in the plan which also includes an underground pedestrian lane from the Esplanade going to the other side of the diversion road.