Centennial commission, Baguio academe pushes for improvement of Burnham Park for tourism purposes

November 24, 2009 2:56 pm 

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 24 -The Baguio centennial commission and various universities here have adapted measures to protect the beauty and ecology of Burnham Park for the next 100 years due to its great value to the tourism industry.

Architect Joseph Alabanza, officer of the centennial commission during the "Special Kapehan sa Baguio" said architecture students from the University of the Cordilleras, Saint Louis University and University of Baguio will soon unveil their respective proposals for the preservation and improvement of the city's premier park.

The park which was designed by American architect Daniel Burnham more than 100 years ago showcases how the city is because more than 90 percent of Baguio's yearly visitors of more than a million always spend some time in the park which is unique due to its boating lagoon.

To date, the facelifting has started at the Baguio Orchidarium in the western portion of the park because of its crowd-drawing plants for sale especially the multi-colored poinsetia in time for the Christmas holidays.

Likewise, private donors have started to donate for the park's cemented fence along Kisad Road which, according to local architects, would enhance the park's security and aesthetic.

"The project of planning for the park's beyond 100 years is among those which we can leave as a legacy to the people of Baguio," said Alabanza.(PNA) LBV/AAG/AAGalacgac

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