Are you planning to visit Davao soon? Or perhaps want to visit the city’s landmark while learning at Davao Language Academy? Well, you wouldn’t want to miss one of the city’s best landmarks—our very own People’s Park!
People’s Park is a renowned tourist attraction in Davao City. Adorned with a cultural theme, it’s a pride of the Dabawenyos as it is considered to be one of the cleanest and greenest parks– not just in Davao City, but in the whole country. Among the 918 entries of the “Name the Park” contest administered by the city government, the 4-hectare wide park’s name was coined by the retired electrician Romeo Sardon as he won the competition.
In December 2007, the park was inaugurated. It is used to be a sports center called PTA Grounds or the Palaruang Panlungsod that used to be the resting place of the homeless and den of the felons, but with the help of the city government, the place was converted into one of the city’s attractions– not to mention the P70-million budget for it.
The park, which was patterned after the Central Park in New York City and is considered to be one of the most expensive parks in the Philippines, is located Palma Gil Street, Poblacion District, Davao City. To where it is constructed, you can actually see lots of food hubs and hotels around it. To name a few: Davao Dencia’s Restaurant, Hanoi Vietnamese Cuisine, Barbecue Boss Casa Leticia, Hotel Uno, and Apo View Hotel.
Everybody likes free stuff!
Broke? Budget-tight? You don’t have to worry. The entrance fee to People’s Park costs zero peso at all. That’s right! Every citizen is free to enter on the premise; and with its tight security and with all the installed CCTV system throughout the park, you will be at ease while roaming around. Though, you have to present your valid ID at the entrance. Their operating hours are from 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Monday-Thursday and Sunday); from 1:00PM to 11:00 PM (Friday & Saturday).
What’s in it for me?
Well, a lot! It is a 4-hectare park embellished with sculptures reflecting the cultures of Davao City. As a matter of fact, the well-known Kublai Millan was one of the contributors for the wholesome transformation of this recreational facility. The Philippine Eagle replica and Bagobo people statues there are just few of the products of his whimsical hands. The massive Eagle structure is designed with wide leaves underneath—broad enough for the visitors to have a seat and take pictures; while the Bagobo people sculptures are the representation of the indigeneous people tribe of Davao.
Additionally, it has an open plaza which they proudly call the “Philippine Rainforest”. Almost 10,000 sqm. of its entire size was allotted to plants. Wild plants and trees from different species from the forests of Indonesia, Borneo, Central America, New Guinea, Madagascar, Africa, Philippines, and Australia have been planted in the park. With its man-made forest in the very heart of the city, the facility is nothing but an eco-friendly park.
Lastly, People’s Park is also a perfect spot for dedicated joggers, and the facility is open from 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM. The entire track is paved with bricks called “The Promenade” to ensure that the park can still be used even though the rain from last night passed by. Also, it is a good place for the children to play with others because there are newly-installed playground site inside the park.
But wait, there’s more!
Lots of attraction that hasn’t been mentioned in this article await you at People’s Park. The writer himself doesn’t want to ruin the surprise for you! We, Davao Language Academy, wish you and your companions a wonderful experience at Davao City’s People’s Park!