Dabawenyos are so delighted to have a brand new park right at heart of the city. Opened early this year, the local government project called “PEOPLE’S PARK” will be forever a legacy for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Transforming the old, dilapidated, and razed Palaruang Panlunsod, a venue for sports events and orchid shows, into a place of eden never fails to mesmerized the local residents and visitors alike.
The old track from the old sports complex was retained and that is what I like about the park, it is now a favorite place for the health buffs like me for an early morning jogging and exercise. Joggers can jog around the track amidst the greenery and the serene environment. Somehow it makes the morning physical fitness worthwhile and therapeutic.
Today, the park is jam pack with people from all walks of life and from all ages. People of different shapes and sizes or even colors (a handful of Caucasians) are seen strolling along the park. Wheel chairs are available for the disabled, people are hearing Filipino songs and most of all, the security at the entrance gate managed to keep riff raffs away from the park so people can enjoy their stroll without being bothered by beggars. It keeps people safe also.
I notice that there are buses parked just outside the gates on a daily basis. These buses come from different provinces. No wonder there are many people inside (see the photo above). Really, the park is like a breath of fresh air within the bustle of Davao City.