June 11, 2013

A Petition to Keep Burnham Park Clean, Closed to Business and Open to the People

Burnham Park, Baguio City's premier attraction isn't what it used to be. It's a far cry from the one that people visited and enjoyed a decade or so ago. A lot has changed and it's sad to say that most of these changes took away in one way or another the magic and uniqueness that the park used to have. Sure, the lake and the boats and the trees are there but it's a different park now. I'm not going to the details but the Burnham of before is better than the Burnham of now. And this is the price the city has to pay for developments. Well, that's what the city hall had been saying for the last several years. "Burnham is being developed." Developments here. Developments there.

And by development, they meant concreting almost every piece of bare ground to the point where trees get choked to death, fencing the park to keep away (who knows who they are trying to keep off), giving the park grounds for vendors to do whatever they want, and who knows what else.

And if these aren't enough, there are current proposals of building gates for the park and concreting the perimeter of the Melvin Jones Football Grounds for...*surprise, surprise*...vendors. Business is good and the city needs to do good business but what the hell. Melvin Jones is already in a SAD and SORRY state. It doesn't even deserve to be called a "football ground" in its current state. Go see the place. A few more puddles and it will start to look like a thousand carabaos played football there.
Giant commercial ads in Burnham Park during the 2013 Panagbenga Festival.
Anyway, it's good that there are commendable citizens of the city who are trying to protest these almost idiotic proposals (not to mention the loss of public funds that can be used in more productive projects). There's a petition penned by Karlo Marko Altomonte and you can help by signing it here. Or follow the link below. It will take just a couple of minutes for you to sign it. And thank you in advance.

http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-domogan-and-the-baguio-city-council-keep-burnham-park-green-open-and-beyond-the-commerce-of-man

For more:
1. Melvin Jones Perimeter Eyed as City's Permanent Night Market
2. Mayor Says Proposed Park Gates Solely for Security Purposes
3. Keep It Green, Closed to Business and Open to People
4. Gating of Burnham Park Faces Protests





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