THE Davao City government targets to have a total of 34 public parks to give Dabawenyos ample recreational space that is proportionate to the population of the city.

Davao City currently has 22 parks that are operational out of 26 total parks in the city. The Freedom Park at Roxas Avenue and the Toril Park are under improvement while the Sta. Ana Park is affected by the construction of the Davao City Coastal Road.

This would leave additional eight parks to be built in the city.

Juancho Dagasohan, acting division chief of the Parks and Playgrounds Division under the City Environment and Natural Resources (Cenro), said that these may be concentrated in the second and third districts.

“Ang parks man gud kinahanglan gyud na siya sa LGU (Parks are needed in the LGU). For recreation of the people. Gamay na lang kulang but ang population nagadako (We only have to build a few remaining but the population is growing). Kung dili maapas ang parks, magkulang na pud ta,” Dagasohan said during the iSpeak media forum.

The acting division chief said the target timeline for these additional public parks is in 2026.

Meanwhile, the Doña Vicenta Park, with a budget of around P76 million, is anticipated to open this June. It would be the second biggest park in Davao City so far after People’s Park Davao.

The city is also planning to expand Rizal Park and coordinate with the Department of Public Works and Highways for the rehabilitation of the Sta. Ana Park once the coastal road is completed.

“The demolished na City Engineers Office building, (would be) an extension of the Rizal Park. From San Pedro to A. Pichon, maging Rizal Park na lahat. As of today, planning pa then it will be passed to the City Engineers Office and then to the Sangguniang Panlungsod,” Dagasohan said.