By CATHERINE NAZARRO CALUYA
BAGUIO CITY — Vice-mayor Daniel Fariñas said the development of Burnham Park will push thru amid the issues around the delayed and unfinished work on children’s park portion which was targetted for completion by December of last year.
Baguio is a famous tourist destination drawing local as well as foreign tourists. One of the city’s attraction is the well-known Burnham Park. Tourists continue to be enticed to the undying beauty of the park regardless of the absence or lack of infrastractures and facilities.
According to Fariñas during the weekly Ugnayang Panglungsod Thursday at the office of the city Mayor, the development of Burnham Park will intensify as Baguio locals utilizes it well. He even added that they have asked the contractors to finish the project immediately before the city’s centennial celebration on September this year.
Fariñas further said there are major repairs on-going in the park such as the rehabilitation and installation of a better drainage system and fencing which has a budget of less than 10 million pesos.
Fariñas also reported the plan to renovate some areas in the park. He said that the Rose Garden is one, which is located between Rizal Park and Burnham Lake.
Last Thursday, the Baguio Association of Retired Persons (BARP), the Baguio City Philippine Veterans Office (PVAO) and other senior citizens adopted the Rose Garden. The “adoption” of the park is part of the advocacy program of senior citizens as cooperative and productive citizens of the city.
The vice-mayor said he envisions the adopt-a-park program as part of the efforts in the development of the rose garden as the “garden of peace filled with bouquets of harmony.”
In line with the development of the park, city mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. last week issued an administrative order for additional personnel of the Burnham Park Management Authority (BPMA) to ensure the major development directions is congruent to the landscape and preservation plan of the park. # www.nordis.net