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Burnham Park not a heritage site yet

Baguio City — The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) informed concerned stakeholders that the 34-hectare Burnham Park has not yet been officially declared as a heritage site, contrary to the claims of various sectors in the city.

Burnham Park is an urban park located at the heart of the city and it was American architect and urban planner Daniel Hudson Burnham who laid the plans for the city.

Several stretches of roads around the park lead to Camp John Hay and the southern part of the park hosts a skating rink.

TIMELESS ALLURE OF BURNHAM PARK — Boating at the lake on the western side of Burnham Park remains one of the favorite activities of visitors in Baguio City. Discussions on the long-term development plan for the park and its bid to be declared a heritage site are moving ahead this year. (Zaldy C. Comanda)

TIMELESS ALLURE OF BURNHAM PARK — Boating at the lake on the western side of Burnham Park remains one of the favorite activities of visitors in Baguio City. Discussions on the long-term development plan for the park and its bid to be declared a heritage site are moving ahead this year. (Zaldy C. Comanda)

The Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Field at the eastern part of the park are normally used for several activities like parades, concerts, and political rallies.

The Children’s Park and the Orchidarium are located at the western part of the park, where bikes and boats are rented out at the lake.

Jetro Nicolas P. Lozada, Assistant Chief Operating Officer of the Makati-based Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), cited that NHCP made it clear to them that Burnham Park has not yet been declared as a heritage site, thus, TIEZA and NHCP had agreed to have a joint meeting with the city government and the Department of Tourism-Cordillera to further discuss the concerns of the different stakeholders in relation to the state of the scenic park.

Initially, Lozada requested Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan that the initial meeting be scheduled in order to start the groundwork for future plans for the park.

It was learned that last year, Lozada had a meeting with NHCP Executive Director Ludovico D. Badoy regarding the Burnham Park development plan and the process for its declaration as a heritage site.