BAGUIO CITY – The city’s premier tourist destination Burnham Park here is set to be developed by the city government to become a world-class tourism facility aimed to attract more visitors or tourists as never before.
The city officials assured that the previous P400 million funding for the Burnham Park development project will be increased to P480 million, said Mayor Benjamin Magalong to the Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).
The comprehensive master plan for the proposed rehabilitation of the 34-hectare Burnham Park complex was already prepared by the city government to serve as the basis for TIEZA and the tourism department in committing the funds required for the upgrade.
A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed between the tourism department and the local government for the initial P400 million to support the proposed upgrading of Burnham Park early last year. But the amount was eventually granted by the national government to fund the country’s response to the Covid19 pandemic.
The mayor hopes to make the city’s premier park a world-class tourism facility that would entice more foreign and domestic visitors to visit the city, and contribute to efforts to spur the city’s economic growth.
Among the areas in Burnham Park that will be improved include the Melvin Jones football field, the Burnham lake, the Rose Garden, the biking area, children’s park, Ibaloi heritage garden, skating rink, and portions of the Baguio Athletic Bowl.
Magalong expressed hope that the proposed upgrading of Burnham Park will be pursued once the funds will be made available by TIEZA.
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