New attractions in PTA Park
Davao City (1 September) -- By coming December, the PTA Park will be opened, with a new name and brand new attractions for its visitors.
According to Elisa Madrazo, project manager of the 4-hectare park, they are trying to complete the park for its scheduled opening this December. The facility was earlier scheduled to be opened by August in time for the Kadayawan week but Elisa said that there were other structures still to be completed.
Among the facilities include a sunken garden ideal as picnic ground and a gathering area for artists. The sunken garden is located in the old Olympic-sized swimming pool. There is also an area for playing children and a facility for the waiting yayas provided with clean restrooms.
A breastfeeding station is also being built for visiting mothers who wants to breastfeed their babies; the particular breastfeeding facility is in support to a Department of Health program which aims to have breastfeeding stations in workplaces and recreation centers.
Madrazo said that the park will have a main receiving area for visitors; the visitor's center can then be used as a venue for special events like concerts and can be sealed-off from the rest of the park. "If there is a night concert, we can just open the visitor's center and close the rest of the park so that the plants there will not be disturbed by the concert-goers," Madrazo said.
The P71-million park development is also a one big botanical garden filled with ornamental plants among which are endemic floras, uniquely found in Davao. Traces of the former oval of the PTA athletic complex is enhanced with a jogging trail that goes around the park's lush greenery, which Madrazo hopes will attract many joggers in the park.
Other facilities include a biodiversity conservation facility, a miniature rainforest and interactive fountain plus the park is dotted with sculptures and pieces of installation art from local artists.
A name-the-park contest initiated by the City Mayor and Park proponent Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will run until September 30. The winner will receive at least P50, 000 and will be duly recognized by the office of the City Mayor at the park's grand opening. (PIA XI/RG Alama) [top]